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Q&A with Pien Hulsebosch

Second-year Pein Hulsebosch made her debut with the Virginia field hockey team this week when the Cavaliers took on Lafayette in a preseason scrimmage. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native, who redshirted the 2007 season, tallied the lone goal of the game en route to UVa’s 1-0 victory. Hulsebosch and the Virginia field hockey team officially opens the 2008 campaign next Friday (Aug. 29) at home against William & Mary. The contest begins at 2 p.m. at the University Hall Turf Field and all matches are free of charge.

Question: How did it feel to get out there and actually play for the first time?
It was awesome to finally play after one year of sitting out and waiting to get my chance. I couldn’t play last year and that was very difficult. But I got through it. That was it. Now I’m here and I’m glad.

Question: What are your goals for the season?
That’s a tough question. I am just trying to play my best. Try my hardest and play well. I want the team to be better. I want to win.

Question: How will it feel to suit up for real and actually play the first game?
I think once I step on the field, I am going to be nervous. A little tense and a little overwhelmed. But once the whistle blows and the ball is rolling, I will forget everything. That is what usually happens. I don’t know what is going on I just play field hockey.

Question: How old were you when you started playing field hockey?
I was five, so I have been playing for about 14 years.

Question: What do you love about field hockey?
I just love it. It’s fast. You can develop your skills. There are so many different things you can do with it. And I love being part of a team. It is so much fun to play the game you love with other people.

Question: What do you like to do for fun?
I love to be around my friends and just hang out. I love to shop. When I am back home, it’s different. It’s easier to do stuff. I have more time. But I love being at Virginia and I love playing field hockey. It takes a lot of discipline but that is a nice motivator for me.

Question: Is it more challenging to be a student-athlete from an entirely different part of the world?
I think so. I know in the beginning of my first year, I was sitting in a lecture with 500 people around me with my mouth open, just thinking, What is going on?’ I was trying to write my notes and it was hard to keep up. Now that I have learned the system and how everything works, it’s a lot easier. Still, English is a second language for me.

Question: What do you miss most from back home?
The whole surrounding. Everything all together; it’s so different. Amsterdam is a big city and compared to that, Charlottesville seems like a small village. That is something I miss. I love the buzz of the big city.

Question: What is your favorite place on Grounds?
The amphitheater. I love being in the sun. That is my favorite spot.




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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.

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