Chandler Moore is a senior middle hitter on the Fordham volleyball team from Moraga, California. Injuries have sidelined her in the past, but now she is healthy and ready to help Fordham in her final season in the Rose Hill Gym.
The Fordham Ram: California is a long way from New York. What made you want to come to Fordham?
Chandler Moore: Well, at first when I was being recruited I didn’t look at any schools outside of California. My neighbor played volleyball here when I was a freshman and I ended up talking to her and her parents. I didn’t want to come on a visit because I was convinced that I wasn’t going to go outside of California, but my brother said, ‘Why don’t you just go for the trip?’ So, I ended up coming, and I just fell in love with it, and I’m so happy I came here.
TFR: You’ve had a few injuries in your time at Fordham. How frustrating has it been to have to deal with them?
CM: It was definitely frustrating, especially my freshman year. I started, and then not being able to play my freshman or sophomore year was pretty upsetting, especially because I’ve been so used to starting and playing in high school. Luckily, the doctors here are nice and I got through it and being uninjured now and having the opportunity to play has been really nice.
TFR: There’s been a coaching change in your time here. How has Coach Ullery helped you in your game?
CM: Not even just my game. She’s an amazing coach but as a person, too, she’s really brought our team together. All of us on the team are best friends and I think she really did a good job recruiting and getting girls that she knew would fit in with the team. In general, she’s just done an awesome job building up the program.
TFR: As you exit the program, how do you feel about the program going forward?
CM: I think that they’re going to be really successful. Our freshmen this year are really talented and I know under Gini she’s going to get really good recruits to come in. I know already we have a bunch of really good recruits coming in next year. So, it’ll be exciting to watch them and I’ll definitely come back for games.
TFR: Any idea of what you want to do in the future after you leave Fordham?
CM: I actually have no idea. I’m deciding if I want to go to school for interior design or some type of design or work in the city. I’m still deciding what I want to do and if I’m staying in New York or California. I’m not really sure. I’m in between right now.
Anthony Pucik is the Assistant Sports Editor for The Fordham Ram.