A few minutes with ... Kourtney Gremillion _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- St. Amant's Kourtney Gremillion sets the ball at the Gold Dome Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

St. Amant senior volleyballhitter/setter Kourtney Gremillion

How do feel going into your senior volleyball season?

“I’m really excited about it. We graduated a big group of seniors and we’ll be without Maggie (Duplechein, All-Metro selection in 2014 who injured a knee in the spring) for at least part of the season, but this team has exceeded my expectations so far.”

How has this team gone beyond your expectations?

“We just play so well together already, and I didn’t expect that. We’ve got some seniors and some younger players who are starting for the first time and they’ve really stepped into their roles. It’s been smooth so far.”

St. Amant was in the Division I semifinals last year and has been one of the BR area’s top teams for several years. Do you see that continuing?

“Yes I do. Last year we were in the semifinals and lost to St. Joseph’s (Academy). They graduated a lot of people too. But I expect both of us to be right up there at the top. We’ve got a good rivalry with them and with some other top teams, like Mount Carmel.”

The Gators play Mount Carmel on Thursday to help kick start another challenging St. Amant schedule. How important is getting off to a good start?

“It’s important to win early, but if we don’t, it won’t define our season. I think we’re going to continue to grow and get better as the season progresses. We want to be ready to play our best when the playoffs start.”

How has your role changed since last season?

“I’ll still be a hitter, but I’m also going to be doing more setting this year. That’s the thing I worked on the most over the summer.”

You’re planning to play college softball, but volleyball also has been very important to you. Can you explain that?

“At first, I wasn’t even planning to play volleyball in high school. Now I’m not sure why I even felt that way. I really like volleyball, and I wonder what might have happened if I put more into it when I was younger. I think I might be looking for school where I could play both sports if I had.”

— Robin Fambrough