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    Freshman Nadia Kemp
    Freshman Nadia Kemp

    March 27, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Throughout the 2014 season, will be introducing the freshmen on the team through a series entitled “Freshman Focus”. Periodically a feature will be posted to the website, giving fans a look at what the players are doing outside of softball, some of their favorite things to do and other interests.

    Nadia Kemp
    Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 

    What age did you start playing softball?
    "I started playing softball when I was 10. My parents and I drove by our local recreation center and I saw some people playing it and decided to give it a try." 

    What other sports did you play growing up?
    "I played soccer, volleyball and ran track." 

    What's your favorite food?
    "Buffalo wings." 

    What's your favorite movie?
    "Les Misérables." 

    What's your favorite book? 
    "Probably The Great Gatsby." 

    What made you commit to N.C. State?
    "NC State has a great academic program as well as a great athletic program. When I came down on my visit I fell in love with the campus."

    What was your first impression of head coach Shawn Rychcik?
    “When I first met Coach Rychcik, I was at a clinic as a sophomore and I was kind of new to the whole recruiting aspect. I felt like he was very honest and knew the game very well, so I knew I would enjoy playing for him in college.” 

    What's your major?

    What are your plans after college? 
    "I plan to go to graduate school and eventually get a Ph.D. in psychology." 

    What would your dream job be? 
    "To open up my own practice.” 

    What's your dream car? 
    "A BMW convertible." 

    What's your favorite softball memory? 
    "When my high school team won the New York state championship when I was a sophomore.” 

    If you could change one softball rule what would it be? 
    "I would like to get a bigger jump on the bases when stealing.” 

    What's something you couldn't imagine going a week without? 

    What's something people don't know about you?
    "My brother’s name is actually my name spelled backwards, Aidan."

    What's one thing you wish was different about you? 
    "I wish I was a little taller, so I could have more power at the plate.” 

    What's your favorite part of practice? 
    "Hitting front toss on the field." 

    What's your least favorite part of practice? 
    "Running shuttles." 

    What was the first sports event you ever attended?
    "The first professional sports event I can remember attending was a Boston Red Sox game." 

    Who's your favorite pro athlete?
    "Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia." 

    What's your favorite accessory in your wardrobe? 
    "Probably my scarf, I’m a big scarf person." 

    What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? 




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