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    Getting to Know: Sophomore Sara Lippard
    Sophomore Sara Lippard
    Sophomore Sara Lippard

    Jan. 19, 2013

    NC State's 2013 softball season begins on Feb. 8 at the Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami, with a new excitement as the fast-pitch program enters its 10th season under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik.

    The squad returns three seniors - Caitlin Dent, Katie Mansilla and Bethaney Wells - as well as 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year Renada Davis, a shortstop who set a school record last season with a batting average and on-base percentage.

    On this year's roster of 14 players are three sophomores: Davis, pitcher Emily Weiman and outfielder Sara Lippard.

    The versatile Lippard was the Wolfpack's top bat off the bench last year, posting a .283 batting average. She made a total of 15 starts at catcher, outfield and designated hitter and 40 appearances overall during her freshman season. She counts the home run she hit against Georgia Tech -- the first of her career -- as her top highlight from last year.

    Sara Lippard
    Wilson, N.C.
    Wilson Christian Academy
    Catcher, Outfield
    June 13, 1993
    Sport management                                                                                    



    Favorite movie: The Blind Side
    Favorite magazine: People
    Favorite song/band: Zac Brown Band
    Favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate
    Your ideal fast food meal: Chicken strips from Bojangles, cheese tots from Sonic, sweet tea from McDonalds, milkshake from Cookout
    Favorite meal at a full-service restaurant: Steak and a baked potato
    Career ambition: Coaching

    What specific things did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? Went to the field to hit, throw, and also went to the gym to workout.
    What is your favorite training/practice activity? Hitting front toss on the field.
    What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Running.
    When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? I started playing softball when I was 7 years old.
    All sports you played in high school: Volleyball, basketball, softball

    iphone or Droid? Iphone
    Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: Zac Brown Band
    Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: Nothing
    The TV channel or show you most watch: E!
    ESPN/MTV/Food Network (which are you more likely to watch): ESPN
    Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Boots
    Give your dress style a nickname/explain: Comfy, sweatpants and t-shirts
    Something that you cannot live without: My phone
    Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: The beach

    Best cook on the team: Bethaney Wells
    Favorite "home-cooked" meal: Pork chops, zucchini and squash
    Best dresser on the team: Caitlin Dent
    Best singer on the team: Leah Jones
    Most likely to play professionally: Renada Davis
    Most likely to be voted into NC State Athletics Hall of Fame some day: Renada Davis
    Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Going to the movies
    Based on your experiences last year, what advice do you have for this year's three freshmen? Stay on top of your grades because it gets a little harder to keep up when we start the season.


    Siblings: Brother, Ryan Lippard
    What/how many pets did you have growing up: Dog Max
    Favorite vacation location: Myrtle Beach/Disney World
    What's the thing you miss most about home (besides family): My friends and home cooked meals.

    Sports idol as a child: Jennie Finch
    Most famous athlete you have ever met (Besides Coach Rychcik): Lisa Fernandez and Andrea Duran  Favorite team: Texas Rangers
    Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Jennie Finch. Very respected and successful softball player.
    Proudest moment from last season: Hitting my first collegiate home run against Georgia Tech.
    Most memorable moment from last season: Beating Georgia on their home field!

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