Marcin Jagoda

Sport: Men's Volleyball

Year: Junior

Hometown: Encino, CA

Last School: Crespi

How old were you when you first started playing volleyball?
15-years old.

Who inspired you to play volleyball?
My high school volleyball coach, Alvin Lamarre.

Name your favorite former UCLA player and why:
Brandon Taliaferro—he brought lots of intensity to the court.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career?
Playing in the (2001) NCAA Finals.

Where was the toughest place you ever played?
The NCAA Finals at the Pyramid in Long Beach.

Who was the best player you played against?
The whole (2001) BYU team.

What was your most embarrassing moment in a game?
When I tripped over my own feet substituting into a game.

What was your favorite sport other than volleyball?

If you could give advice to a young kid playing volleyball, what would it be?
Stick with it, it is not an easy sport to master.

I chose my uniform number because:
It was sign of good luck—I had the same number in high school.

What's your favorite opponent city to visit?
BYU — the atmosphere is great.

Who is the first person you call after a game?
My dad — he's my biggest fan.

What is the one movie you must have in your movie collection?

What is the TV show you can't miss?
"Baywatch" and "Smallville"

If you could be a character on any TV show, who would it be and why?
Woody Woodpecker or Jerry from Tom and Jerry

What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid? "The A-Team"

What is the most embarrassing movie you've ever paid to go see?
"Legally Blonde"

What is your favorite place on campus?
Bruin Walk - you meet so many people.

What class at UCLA have you liked best?
Abnormal Psychology

What is your favorite book?
"The Great Gatsby" and the Harry Potter series

Who do you admire most in life and why?
I admire my parents because they embody what hard work gets you.

If you could have superpowers, what would it be?
To be able to fly.

If you could know the answer to one question, what would that question be?
Who shot JFK?

If you could travel in time, where would you go?
Back through all the major time periods — 70s, 80s and 90s.

Who is the one person you would want to be stuck on a deserted island with?
Julia Roberts

If you had one last meal, what would it be?
A nice Filet Mignon

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What is your favorite midnight snack?
A couple of sandwiches

Who is on your Dream Team of volleyball players?
Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, Doug Partie, Jeff Nygaard, Erik Sullivan and Paul Nihipali

What would you never be caught dead wearing?

Do you have any phobias?
Big spiders

What is your worst habit?
Eating hot tamales.

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Getting accepted to UCLA after first being denied admission.

What was your favorite toy as a child?
I liked transformers.

What is the best Christmas or birthday present you ever received?
A whole bunch of transformers

What is your pet peeve?
Disrespect. I show you respect, I expect it back.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing in the street until the street lights go on.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of sports?
Watch movies all day long.

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite holiday and why?
Summertime should be a holiday.

Tell us something about yourself that few people know.
I like long walks on the beach.