As The Summit League’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) prepares to host its 10th annual meeting in Chicago, the league will profile one of the league’s nine institution’s SAAC representatives each weekday leading up to the July 25-27 meeting.
This year’s SAAC representatives consist of 18 student-athletes from nine different sports – five volleyball players, four cross country/track and field athletes, three swimming and diving athletes and one athlete from each of the following sports, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, golf, tennis and baseball. The group consists of eight seniors, eight juniors, one sophomore and one former student-athlete.
Today, we get to know Omaha’s Alex Mortensen and Kelley Wollak.
Sr. | Baseball | Omaha, Neb.
Favorite summer vacation spot: San Diego, Calif.
Currently on your music play list: Rock City by Kings of Leon.
Funniest memory from youth sports: In my last soccer game, I think I was four years old, I hung on the goal to celebrate and it fell on me!
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie:Matthew McConaughey, I love that guy's movies!
Remembering your first college competition: Sitting on the bench and singing everybody's walk-up song.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: Golf, I'm a huge fan.
Favorite athlete growing up: Mark McGwire, I loved watching him hit home runs.
Favorite professional sports team: Tampa Bay Rays.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: Hidden Valley Ranch, Chicken, Toothbrush/Toothpaste.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Babe Ruth, Socrates, Walt Whitman.
Favorite television show: Suits on USA.
Best advice you’ve ever received: "Patience is a virtue" - BAM (Beautiful Aunt Meri), I'll never forget that one.
Jr. | Volleyball
Favorite summer vacation spot: On the lakes in Northern Minnesota.
Currently on your music play list: A mix of classic rock, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams.
Funniest memory from youth sports: Winning an AAU National Championship with my best friends (AKA teammates).
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Emma Stone because she has the red hair and some spunk.
Remembering your first college competition: I tripped over my feet and landed on my butt going for an attack. Everyone went silent until I started laughing. Then the whole place started laughing.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: I would be playing women's hockey because I loved playing in high school.
Favorite athlete growing up: I have two! Misty May and Kerri Walsh are my favorite because they have great attitudes towards competition and sportsmanship.
Favorite professional sports team: Minnesota Wild.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: My family, teammates and coffee because I couldn't go a day without any of them.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou and Tina Fey.
Favorite television show: Mad Men.
Best advice you’ve ever received: "Don't let one bad game define who you are. You have a career of hundreds of great games. Hold your head high." -Pat Wollak, My Dad