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Feb. 27, 2017
The two-time defending national champion USC beach volleyball team welcomes five newcomers to Troy for the 2017 season. Before they begin their title defense on Saturday, March 4th in Malibu, get to know the third of our four freshmen in this Q&A.
Name: Cammie Dorn
Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif.
High School: Laguna Beach HS
Head Coach Anna Collier on Cammie:
“Cammie has been one of the top performers at USC's SoCal Beach Camps for a while now. She has a can-do attitude and is eager to transition her indoor skills into becoming a full-time beach player. At 6-1 she will serve as a primary blocker for the Trojans and we expect her to challenge for playing time.”
Q: You’re one of many who started out playing indoor volleyball before getting into the beach game. Talk about your transition to the sand.
CD: So I started playing indoor volleyball when I was 10 years old. My mom played volleyball at Rice University, and I always wanted to play because of her and it seemed like a good fit. I was also pretty tall at a young age, so that helped too. As I grew older, I played indoor club for about 7 years and also played in high school, but then beach volleyball became an official sport in my sophomore year and I was able to play on the varsity team, which was a great experience for me. Then I decided to take beach more seriously after that and joined Elite Beach Volleyball Club in Manhattan Beach, making the drive up there three times a week. Overall, I started kind of late—a lot of people had been playing just beach for a while—and for me, it was different going from a team of six on the court to just one partner. That was a big change, but deep down I knew I really liked beach volleyball more.
Q: Was it a difficult decision to choose between indoor and beach for college?
CD: Yes and no. I had always enjoyed playing on the beach, but in high school I was actually talking to a lot of colleges to play indoor volleyball and that was what I thought I was set on. But one day, I just went to my mom and told her that I really wanted to play beach in college. It was hard at first because we had put so much time in recruiting for indoors, but she understood and we started emailing some coaches from there. USC was the biggest school that I wanted to go to, and then I came to a couple of camps here, started talking to Anna, and it all just fell into place.
Q: Your hometown is only about 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles. Have you noticed a big difference between the two since being here?
CD: Kind of. The city in general is pretty different. Laguna is a pretty small place, but I like how many new people I’ve been able to meet here. There are so many new, diverse places and people around and so many new friends to make, so I like that a lot. I’ve actually spent a lot of time in L.A. before though because I used to model, so I was driving up here every week and got somewhat used to it.
Q: Modeling must have taken up a lot of your time. What was that experience like?
CD: Definitely. I modeled for about 3 years up until this past summer before I got here and it was a really cool experience, but it was time consuming. It was really hectic and busy trying to fit it all in—school, modeling, and volleyball. School and volleyball pretty much always came first though because I knew I was coming to college to play and that was my priority. But modeling was cool for me to do on the side.
Q: Now that you’re at USC, what are your thoughts on the team culture and what have you learned so far?
CD: I really like the atmosphere here. Anna is such a great coach and she creates a really good, supportive team environment. Everything is uniform, we all wear the same things during practice and workouts, etc., and all of that is good because it creates a unified team. Personally, I’ve already grown so much and it’s only been a few months. I’ve been able to learn a lot of things that I didn’t know since being here too, so I’m constantly improving. I really want to grow as an athlete this year and adapt to the whole system in general, getting ready for the years to come.
DIGGING DEEP w/ Cammie:
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese
Go-To Snack: String cheese
Pizza Topping: Just cheese!
Hobby: Playing the guitar
TV/Netflix Show: The Walking Dead
Musical Artist: Taylor Swift
Celebrity Crush: Zac Efron
Celebrity Look-alike: Natalie Portman
If I could be on one reality show, it would be: Survivor. That’s my favorite show and I think I’d be really good at it.
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Instagram or Snapchat: That’s tough…probably Snapchat.
If I could play another sport at USC, it would be: Indoor volleyball. I could probably go back to it if I needed to.
Favorite Thing about USC: The people. I like making new friends.
Favorite Spot on Campus: Probably the John McKay Center. I like going to study in there.
What's more essential: sunscreen, sunglasses, or a visor? Sunglasses
What's better: a game-winning ace, kill, or block? Game-winning kill
What's worse: a bad sunglasses tan or a bad spandex tan? Well, I have both. Maybe a bad sunglasses tan because it’s on your face?
Dream Beach Partnership: Hmm…I’ll say Sara Hughes.
Catch Cammie and the rest of the Women of Troy in action when they host their annual Cardinal and Gold Alumni Match at Merle Norman Stadium on Thursday, March 2nd at 6 p.m. For more information on the USC beach volleyball team and a complete 2017 schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat.