HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Rainbow Wahine volleyball star is not only skilled on the court, but she also loves to put down her volleyball and pick up a spatula!
"I'm a nerd. I'm a good student," said Stephanie Brandt.
As student-athletes go, Brandt definitely lives up to the title. And while the two-time academic all-WAC member is used to setting up her teammates, she says her passion to deliver off the court is pretty intense too.
"I love food and I love sugar," she said. "Especially those shows where they make cookies and desserts. I'm all about it love to bake. I just did maple cookies and they were really really good. I actually made them for a class project. I ate half of them, but the rest went to the class."
But don't get the wrong impression, this 'Bow is anything but selfish. As a freshman at UC Santa Barbara, Brandt had a breakout season, leading the Big West Conference in assists.
Then she got a call from Hawaii.
"Honestly, I had never even heard of Hawaii volleyball, I didn't know they had a good program, I didn't know they had a strong tradition of volleyball," she said. "I came out here and ended up liking it."
The program liked her back. Brandt turned herself into a 2nd team all-WAC pick. Since then, the emergence of Dani Mafua had forced Brandt to adapt to life off the bench. She says it's been a blessing.
"It's kind of been fun because I'm sort of the utility player," she said. "I get to hit and set and play back row. I would never get that experience anywhere else where I would get to be my height and play a couple of rotations in the front row and it's definitely made me realize there's more to life than volleyball."
A life she intends to pursue either a masters degree or professional beach volleyball. Either way, Brandt will adapt to that as well.