Get to Know Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a fall Q&A feature profiling Summit League SAAC representatives. These SAAC representatives provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport and what it is like being a student-athlete.
In this week's installment, a junior setter on the South Dakota State volleyball team, Mattison Munger, is profiled.
Name: Mattison Munger
School: South Dakota State
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa
High School: Saint Albert
Major: Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy
What is your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere with a beach! Myrtle Beach, S.C. is a great area.
What is currently on your music play list? Throwback 80's and 90's songs.
What is your funniest memory from youth sports? My sister heaving a shot near half court in basketball with eight seconds remaining and it didn't even make it to the three-point line, the ball landed and we watched it bounce as time expired.
Which actor/actress would play you in a movie? Rachel McAdams (Love her movies)
What do you remember about your first college competition? I was so nervous my hands were shaking so bad that I couldn't set the ball, plus I missed my serve.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Abby Wambach because she was so fierce and I loved watching her play with so much passion.
Who is your favorite professional sports team? All of the USA Volleyball teams (court and beach) for both genders.
What are three things in life you couldn't live without? Family, good education, and food.
Which three people would you want to have dinner with (current or historical)? Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogan and Dave Franco.
What is your favorite television show or movie? The television show One Tree Hill.
What is the best advice you've ever received? Choose happiness.
What attracted you to your institution? Great education, beautiful campus, and good people.
What community service projects/organizations are you involved with outside of athletics? Exercise Science Club, Pre-PT/OT Club, and Department of Environmental Health and Safety ambassador.
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete? Beating South Dakota in three sets my freshman year at home in Frost Arena.
What is your favorite spot on campus? The Union because I get to see my friends and there is food.
What is your dream job/career? Physical therapist for a sports team.
Your most prized possession is? My laptop because it contains almost everything I need to survive college.
Do you have any superstitions? I have to finish my fortune cookie before I read the fortune, otherwise it won't come true.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? A small town in the Midwest because I love the dramatic change of seasons and I don't like big cities.
If you could have one superpower what would it be? The ability to heal/recover quickly because I am sore 24/7, so it would be great not to be sore for a change.
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