Each week during the school year, Wittenberg University Director of Athletics and Recreation Gary Williams interviews a Tiger student-athlete for a special website feature called "Q&A with Dr. Gary."
Special thanks to Andy Elliot '19 for his hard work putting the feature together this week.
Q & A with Dr. Gary, Featuring Megan Flaherty, Women's Volleyball
Q: How would you describe the athletic culture/environment at Wittenberg?
It is a very competitive and supportive environment. Athletes are pushed on the court to perform at their best, but off the court to be better people as well. It takes a lot of dedication and time to be a Wittenberg athlete.
Q: What is your most memorable sports moment at Witt?
It definitely has to be playing in the National Championship my freshmen and junior year. Nothing beats that experience and the journey it takes to get there.
Q: What made Wittenberg your choice as opposed to other schools?
As cliché as it sounds, it just felt like home when I came to visit here. I knew I would stay here even if I wasn’t playing volleyball. I loved the competitive environment and success of the volleyball program and wanted to be a part of that.
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat on campus? (CDR, Post, etc.)
My house and cooking meals with my roommates because nothing beats home cooked food.
Q: What are you studying at Witt and why does it interest you?
I am studying Early Childhood Education. I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember and I just love the impact I can have on children. I love working with kids and seeing their faces glow when they accomplish something.
Q: If you could play any other sport, what would it be and why?
I would play basketball because I played until I chose to focus on volleyball and I loved it. I have grown up around the game and March Madness is my family’s favorite time of the year.
Q: Who is your favorite Wittenberg athlete and why?
Sydney Mayle because we have been each other’s biggest fans on and off the court. She works hard at what she does and always has pushed me to be better. We have gotten each other through the ups and downs of being an athlete the past few years. I wouldn’t be where I am without her.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a Wittenberg Tiger?
I think it is truly an honor to be a Wittenberg Tiger. We want to be the best and are willing to do whatever it takes to be the best.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to before a game, tournament, etc. (Favorite artists, songs, albums)
I listen to whatever is playing on the speaker in our locker room. There is usually a huge variety especially when Karen is on the aux.
Q: How did you start in your sport?
I started in 3rd grade playing in a rec league and fell in love with the game. I wanted to continue playing, which progressed into playing club volleyball and wanting to play in college.
Q: Who professionally is your favorite player in your sport?
Misty May Treanor was always one I looked up to because she was undersized, but found other ways to make up for her height which I admired. She was a fierce competitor and would do whatever it took to win.