Oct. 25, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-10, 0-5 BIG EAST) hosts No. 14 Louisville (12-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) Sunday at noon in the team's final home game of the season.
Alex Diekmann has been the backbone of the Wildcats for the past two seasons, starting 29 of 31 games in that time. The Holmdel, N.J., native has been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll five times in her career, and earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team last season.
Q: Why did you choose Villanova?
Alex: Everything about it. We focus on athletics and academics, and it's just a well-rounded school.
Q: What's been your favorite game to play in?
Alex: Probably the UConn game last year, or the Rutgers game last year.
Q: What's your favorite restaurant in Villanova?
Alex: Nova Grill.
Q: What are you planning on doing after Villanova?
Alex: I'll actually be back after this year. I redshirted my freshman year, so I have another season left.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
Alex: Julia Todd.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Alex: I just like Greek food - hummus.
Q: What is your favorite animal?
Q: What do you like to do outside of field hockey?
Alex: Listen to music, hang out with my friends.
Q: If you could play another sport at Villanova, what would it be?
Q: If you could be a contestant on any game/reality show, which would you pick?
Alex: Legends of the Hidden Temple or Ninja Warrior.
Q: If you could switch places with any of your teammates, who would it be?
Alex: I'd like to know what goes on in Celise [Feller's] mind sometimes. I'd just be curious to see what's happening.
Q: What is your pregame routine?
Alex: Once I walk into the locker room and I put my headphones on, everyone just goes, `Bye.' I don't really talk until after we go on the field. I just need to get all the nerves out, so I just listen to music.
Q: What's the best thing about being a field hockey player?
Alex: It's just awesome. You don't know what it's like until you're on it. These people become your family. It just happens, and that's the way it'll be forever.
Q: What is your greatest strength on the field?
Alex: Performing under pressure. I'd rather be in a pressure situation - I do better off instincts.