Each week GoStanford.com will feature a Q-and-A with members of the softball team. This week, get to know sophomore Jessica Plaza and freshman Bessie Noll.
Why did you decide to come to Stanford?
Bessie: Do you really have to ask? It's Stanford!
Jessica: It’s the happiest place on earth!
When you were a kid and even now, who would be your role models in the sport?
Bessie: Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams and the Ogwumike Sisters ... though the last two may not be in my sport.
Jessica: Jen Schroeder, who caught at UCLA and was my catching coach growing up. I owe it all to her.
What is one tip you would give to a student-athlete to be successful in school and their sport?
Bessie: Don't forget who the real enemy is.
Jessica: If you work hard and do well in school you will have more opportunities in your sport and in life.
What is your favorite memory of your softball career thus far?
Bessie: Hitting a lead-off home run against the Korean National team for Musashi-Fuchu, my little league team.
Jessica: The first time a young player asked me for my autograph after a game and I realized I had become someone else’s role model.
What are your favorite and least favorite training drills?
Bessie: Favorite: Beep Test; Least Favorite: Spiderman Walks
Jessica: I love softball.
What is your major at Stanford, and what are your career aspirations?
Bessie: I'm currently undecided but I plan to major in mechanical or civil engineering. Possibly law school to follow. May the odds be ever in my favor!
Jessica: Human biology with a concentration in sports performance. I would like to be a physical therapist one day!
What is one personal goal for the 2014 season?
Bessie: Be the victor of the 33rd Women's College World Series.
Jessica: When I’m struggling, being able to remember that I play because I love the game and everything it has given me.
What is the best advice you have ever gotten, and from whom?
Bessie: “Suck it up.” - Steven Welckle.
Jessica: Remember to sleep…
What are three things on your bucket list?
1. Deep Sea Diving
2. Try out for American Idol singing "Inch by Inch"
3. Become the American ambassador to Japan
1. Travel the world.
Rapid Fire Section
One word to describe yourself?
Go to warm-up song?
Bessie: "PYT" - Michael Jackson
Jessica: “Latch” - Disclosure
Bessie: Running the beep test.
Jessica: Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream.
Go-to pre-game meal?
Bessie: Pho noodles from Wilbur dining hall.
Most quotable movie?
Bessie: The Sandlot.
Jessica: Bridesmaids … “You are more beautiful than Cinderella! You smell like pine needles and you have a face like sunshine!”
What is your spirit animal?
Who would play you in a movie?
Bessie: Maya Rudolph.
Jessica: Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson are my idols!
People might be surprised to know that…
Bessie: I don't have a single pair of pants that fit me.
Jessica: I can do the worm.