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Q&A with Newcomer Freshman Jack Ebertin

Q&A with Newcomer Freshman Jack Ebertin


Men’s Volleyball | January 22, 2024

In an effort to get to know our incoming athletes further, sports information student assistant Malala Pyle sat down with freshman outside hitter Jack Ebertin on media day and asked him a few questions. 

Malala Pyle: Where are you from?

Jack Ebertin: Saratoga, California.

Malala: What’s your favorite thing about your hometown?

Jack: There are these beach volleyball courts right across the street from where I live. I go there a lot.

Malala: What’s your favorite sport that isn’t volleyball?

Jack: Basketball. 

Malala: Breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Jack: Breakfast, but for dinner.

Malala: Favorite meal in that category.

Jack: Any breakfast sandwich or breakfast burrito.

Malala: Where is your dream place to live?

Jack: Manhattan Beach. 

Malala: Who is your volleyball or athlete hero?

Jack: I look up to my sister, Mollie, a lot. She played beach volleyball here. I always played with her a lot, watched her a lot. It’s cool to see her have success.

Malala: What is your favorite show or movie?

Jack: The Pursuit of Happiness (with Will Smith).

Malala: Do you have any hidden talents?

Jack: I can name every country in the world.

Malala: Why USC? 

Jack: It’s a really good combination of athletics and academics. When I was being recruited, a lot of the guys would reach out to me, and they were super welcoming. It just felt like it would be a good culture.

Malala: Are you into podcasts or do you only listen to music?

Jack: I’m super into music.

Malala: Who was your number one artist on Spotify Wrapped?

Jack: Drake.

Malala: Who do you look up to the most and why?

Jack: I look up to all my family members. Being the youngest, looking up to all my siblings, there’s something that each of them do that I want to incorporate into my life.

Malala: What’s your best volleyball memory?

Jack: My junior year of high school, we won NorCal States. That was pretty fun. We had a really solid team and a good group of guys.

Malala: What’s been the best part of your day so far?

Jack: Watching Wesley Smith trying to celebrate in front of the camera.

Malala: What’s your favorite season during the year?

Jack: Winter — I’m a big Christmas guy, I love Christmas.

Malala: Any advice you’d give your past self?

Jack: Jump higher, hit harder.

Malala: NorCal or SoCal?

Jack: That’s tough. I think I’m a NorCal guy at heart. I want to live in…

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