How have you changed as a player during your time at Pitt?
Potts: During my first year here, I was just coming off of an ACL injury so I hadn't played for ten months. I've grown a lot as a player and gained more skills. I wasn't very experienced before, but now I'm a four-year varsity starter.
I've also grown as an emotional leader on the court. I bring a lot of energy and I celebrate, whether I did something well or my teammates did something well. My team really relies on me to bring that energy and high spirits.
The coaching staff teaches us what the U.S. Women's National Team is being taught. That really helps us develop as players, because we are learning the best techniques and volleyball philosophy. I made the college national team this past summer, and I think that just shows how much I've improved since I've been here.
What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Potts: I am the all-time block assists leader at Pitt, which is cool and I didn't even realize it happened. I think my biggest accomplishment was making the Collegiate National Team, especially since I tried out the year prior. The second time I tried out, I made it and did really well there. It was really cool and so fun being there.
Do you have any advice you would give to a future student-athlete?
Potts: Most people [on the team] are used to being the star, but once you get to college, it's not as easy. Usually you're not going to get an automatic start, which means you have to work harder. You also have to sacrifice some things which is something I didn't realize. But it's all worth it in the end.
Are you involved with anything else on or off campus?
Potts: Right now I'm an intern with 31 Street Studios, which is a production studio in the Strip District. It's one of the biggest studios east of Hollywood. I've had other internships too including one at the Pittsburgh Film Office. I really want to get into the television or film industry. My dream job is to be on the writing staff for a sitcom or late night talk show.
My internships taught me the importance of networking, especially in the entertainment industry. I also had to learn how to interact with people I didn't know, which pushed my comfort zone. You always have to talk to people and put your best face forward, because you never know who you're going to meet.