SAAC Spotlight: Western Washington's Adele Holland
Holland played 52 sets and 227 assists back in the 2021 season. She also received GNAC All-Academic for the 2022 season.
Holland played 52 sets and 227 assists back in the 2021 season. She also received GNAC All-Academic for the 2022 season.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

Name: Adele Holland
Sport: Volleyball
Institution: Western Washington University
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Management - Marketing Concentration
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why?: Global Studies. My professor was amazing and the curriculum really expanded my worldview.
Who would your rate as a favorite professor to date and tell us in detail why?: My favorite professor was Leah Lippman. She taught my global studies class last winter. She had such good things to say and was conscious of how our everyday routines are much more plentiful and privileged than several parts of the globe.
How many years were you involved in SAAC?: This is my first year.
What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: I was selected by my teammates and I wanted to spend more time getting to know other athletes and their programs at my university.
How do you feel participating in SAAC will help you in life after you graduate?: I think SAAC will help me in making connections with peers and taking on leadership roles as I move forward in my career.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: There is so much help out there but communication is the key! Meeting your classmates and establishing a relationship with your professors is so beneficial.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: Adjusting to college in my first year. While all athletes have been juggling athletics and academics for a large part of their lives, college is more challenging both in the classroom and on the court. It can take a toll on your self-confidence. It's a learning curve every collegiate athlete faces, and it's much easier to attack it knowing you aren't alone!
What does it mean to you to be a Division II student-athlete?: It's a very honorable title to wear. To be able to represent your team, your athletic department and your school is such a special opportunity that very few individuals are provided with.
Who are your current mentors?: WWU's volleyball head coach, Diane Flick-Williams, along with assistant coaches James Suh and Chris Leverenz. Also, our graduate assistant, Michaela Hall, and our strength and conditioning coach Damien Fisher.
What is the best advice you would give to an incoming freshman?: Everything happens for a reason. Take your days one at a time and really try to be present through it all. It goes fast!
What is your favorite sports-related moment?: While I've loved lots of wins that I've personally had in my sport, it was so fun watching the USA Women's National Volleyball Team win their first Olympic gold medal.
If you could spend the day with one person (past or present), who would it be and why?: Karch Kiraly, the winningest coach and athlete in men's volleyball. He has such a high volleyball IQ and it would be cool to learn from him and about his mindset for just one day.
Favorite Sports Team(s): USA Women's National Volleyball Team
Favorite Athlete: University of Kentucky's setter, Madison Lilley.
What is one thing that people don't know about you?: I love cooking and baking in my free time!