Q&A with Alex Jahnle
First-year midfielder Alex “A.J.” Jahnle and the eighth-ranked Virginia field hockey team open ACC play this weekend in Boston. The Cavaliers and 12th-ranked Eagles will battle at 4 p.m. Friday on the BC campus. On Sunday, UVa returns to Chestnut Hill to face Boston University.
Question: How does it feel to be 8-1?
Jahnle: It feels great, we have won all of our home games so far, and we are proud to keep this streak alive.
Question: The Ohio game was the second time the team has trailed at home, how do you maintain composure to get back on top?
Jahnle: When you stay in the right mindset and work hard to play the way you know how to play, you can do anything.
Question: This past weekend was the second time you have played overtime. What is the feeling of playing in that extra period?
Jahnle: It is both a scary and exciting experience, because overtime is sudden death.
Question: As a first-year, how do you describe the team’s chemistry?
Jahnle: I think the team has great chemistry. We work well together.
Question: As a high school athlete, you competed in the USFHA Disney Outdoor Classic and placed first. How have experiences like that helped you prepare for your college career?
Jahnle: That team played field hockey in a style that was similar to the way UVa plays. It was easy to transition.
Question: What do you plan on majoring in at UVa?
Jahnle: I am currently undecided but I am thinking about civil engineering.
Question: Just starting your college years at Virginia, what are you most excited about?
Jahnle: I am excited about meeting new people, learning new things and playing great field hockey.
Question: What made you choose UVa?
Jahnle: First of all, UVa is a great school academically, and on top of that, there is a great field hockey team with awesome coaches.
Question: What are the team’s goals for the season? What are your own personal goals?
Jahnle: We are focused on continuing to work hard. I want to work hard and understand more about the game.