Door County Student-Athlete Q&A: Talia Tupa


School/Grade: Gibraltar High School/Senior

Sports Played: Volleyball and Softball

Honors: Academic – National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, All-Academic Team; Athletic – (Volleyball) Team Defensive Player of the Year (2014); All-Conference Honorable Mention, Libero (2014); Team Defensive Player of the Year (2015), All-Conference Honorable Mention (2015), Team Defensive Player of the Year (2016), Team MVP (2016), First-team All-Conference, Libero (2016); (Softball) Second-team All-Conference, Infielder (2016)

How did you become involved in athletics?

I have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember…before I was even in school. When I was very young, I was involved in swimming, soccer, gymnastics and basketball. As I grew older, I found that I had a passion for both volleyball and softball in particular. As I became busier with school, I had to choose the sports that meant the most to me.

Who have been some of your mentors in you life?

Sports-wise, I’ve had a plethora of mentors including my summer softball coaches, Korey Mallien and Darren DeBroux, my club volleyball coaches, Mike Schmidt and Ann Ploor, my high school volleyball coach, Lauren Bremer, and my high school softball coach, Nick Bastian.

Other mentors that have motivated me throughout my sports career include my parents, Sharon and Dave Tupa, and my sister in particular, Acacia Tupa. I’ve always been very inspired by her exceptional athletic ability accompanied by her humble attitude.

What are your current plans after you finish high school?

I am going to be attending the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in the fall to study psychiatry.

Describe the most memorable moment in your athletic career?

One of my most memorable moments from my athletic career was when I hit a three-run homerun to put Gibraltar in the lead by one run over Sevastopol in the seventh inning. This was my first home run as well. It was a pretty exciting moment in my career.

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