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Q&A with Newcomer Freshman Jakobi Lange

Q&A with Newcomer Freshman Jakobi Lange

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 Jakobi Lange on media day and asked him a few questions. 

Malala Pyle: Where are you from?

Jakobi Lange: Hinsdale, Illinois.

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

Jakobi: Probably the fall weather, definitely miss that this year.

Malala: How’s the transition been from Illinois to SoCal?

Jakobi: It’s been pretty great. The weather is awesome out here, and the people are great.

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

Jakobi: Basketball, 100%.

Malala: Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? 

Jakobi: Breakfast.

Malala: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Jakobi: I’ve been really liking the burrito from Joe’s Mexican down the road.

Malala: Where is your dream place to live?

Jakobi: Now that I’ve spent time out here, definitely somewhere warm.

Malala: Who is your volleyball or athlete hero?

Jakobi: Nate Robinson popped into my head. I would always watch him as a kid when he was on the Bulls. He was super short, undersized — it was always fun to see him succeed.

Malala: What is your favorite show or movie?

Jakobi: Probably the Office. 

Malala: Do you have a hidden talent?

Jakobi: I can play the piano. I played when I was super young, and then played on and off all throughout high school. 

Malala: Why USC?

Jakobi: Great weather, great academics, great volleyball.

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

Jakobi: Mostly music.

Malala: Do you have Spotify or Apple Music? 

Jakobi: Apple Music.

Malala: If you were going to guess, who do you think your top artist was last year? 

Jakobi: I think it’s probably Zack Bryan.

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

Jakobi: Getting to take some really cool pictures with a really cool backdrop. Not many people get to do that so this is pretty cool.

Malala: What’s your favorite season? 

Jakobi: Fall, for sure. I love how everything looks. The trees, everything just looks really pretty.

Malala: Where’s your favorite place to go when you’re at home?

Jakobi: I go to Chic-Fil-A a lot.

Malala: What’s your Chick-Fil-A order?

Jakobi: I usually get the Spicy Deluxe with nuggets — depends on how hungry I am. 

Malala: When did you start playing…

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