Senior volleyball player Anne Martinson is in her second season as a starting setter for the Ramblers, who are 17-5 overall and 3-2 in the GCAC Red. With the regular season winding down, Loyola is looking to make a long run in the postseason, which starts this month. The Ramblers are the No. 1 seed at the Class 4A Loyola Sectional. They open the playoffs Oct. 23 in the regional semifinals at Schaumburg. An Evanston resident and graduate of Sacred Heart in Chicago, Martinson is verbally committed to Colgate University. Her mother, Monica Martinson, played college volleyball at Brown University.

MAROON & GOLD: It can take time to transition to a new coach, but the team is rolling in Mallory Thelander’s first season.

ANNE MARTINSON: We didn’t really have any expectations. It was a clean slate, and we wanted to focus on the fun aspect of the game. We’ve learned a lot and worked hard, but I think a big thing is that we have fallen in love the sport again.

M&G: What’s been a highlight of the season?

AM: Beating New Trier was awesome. We creamed them. That was a big win for us. But as a senior, it’s been fun getting to know the younger girls on the team.

M&G: What has the team done to become closer?

AM: After every Saturday morning practice, we go out to breakfast at Jasper’s (Cafe) in Glenview. Before Tuesday home games, we have team dinners on Monday at the school. We don’t about volleyball at all. We try to get away from it during those times. People are always telling fun stories.

M&G: Your mom, Monica, played volleyball in college. Did she spark your interest in the sport? Did you play anything else when you were younger?

AM: She definitely encouraged me. I started in the fifth grade, and she taught me how to play. I swam as a kid, and I played lacrosse until eighth grade to focus on volleyball.

M&G: What is one of your favorite memories playing volleyball at Loyola?

AM: When I was a sophomore, we won a big JV tournament at the end of the season. We were losing, and then we came back. It was something I won’t forget.

M&G: You are verbally committed to play at Colgate University and plan to make it official Nov. 14. How did you come to that decision?

AM: I wanted a high academic school, and I was looking at the Ivy League and Patriot League. Colgate is a smaller campus, and it’s beautiful. The coaching staff is awesome, and it’s been together for awhile. It’s nice to know they don’t have plans to leave. I made an unofficial visit in January, and I loved it. I also wanted to be on the East Coast because my mom is from there and has a lot of family that lives in that part of the country. She’s the youngest of 13, and I have 57 first cousins.

M&G: Do you have a favorite class or subject?

AM: I really like psychology. I think I’m good at reading people, it’s cool figuring out why people behave they way they do. It’s interesting what goes on in the brain.

M&G: What is something you like to do outside of volleyball and school?

AM: Taking my dog to this park on the beach in Lake Forest. His name is Duke, and he’s a yellow lab. It’s just the two of us, and I leave my phone in the car. It’s so nice to get away from everything that’s going on. I love it.