Why Bair was selected: The 6-foot-2 middle blocker was named MVP of the Glenbard West Invitational, which the Raiders won for the first time under coach Chad Grant. Bair collected 106 kills, 30 blocks and 54 digs for the Raiders’ five matches Friday and Saturday. She also has been a two-year starting center for the girls basketball team, which has won six straight regional titles. Bair, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by ReMax Suburban, spoke with correspondent Bill Stone about the season. Here's an edited transcript:
Stone: What did it mean to win the invite and be named MVP?
Bair: It was honestly one of the best feelings for us. It was awesome to see (Grant’s) expression. Just a special moment. I was super happy to get (MVP) and super happy to be part of our team.
Stone: What do you like about volleyball?
Bair: We get to show a little more emotion. In basketball, you have to kind of keep it to yourself. And you have to get back on defense.
Stone: What are your volleyball season goals?
Bair: I hope that we win a regional. As long as we keep improving, that’s all I can ask for.
Stone: How would you compare playing volleyball versus basketball?
Bair: I’m definitely more nervous before basketball games. During volleyball, I just want to have fun. Basketball I just take a lot more serious.
Stone: What have you learned through sports?
Bair: How to be a teammate, how to encourage people, how to be a leader. It’s important for everyone to learn to work with other people to accomplish a common goal.
Stone: What are the advantages and challenges of being 6-2?
Bair: It helps in basketball with rebounding and volleyball with blocking. It’s just a bonus. On the non-athletic side, it’s kind of not a bonus because the world is not made for really tall people. Finding clothes and stuff like that is really hard. But I would choose being tall. Even if my pants don’t fit, that’s OK.