Q & A with Liberty’s A.J. Muffley
A.J. Muffley will be attending Temple University with major in Finance and minor of Business Management.
Q: Now that the news of the spring season being over has had time sink in, what are your thoughts or emotions about not being able to play your senior year?
A: “I am upset mostly because not only I, but the four other seniors of the Liberty team have worked hard for four years to be able to play this year. I think we would’ve had a great shot at being a top contender in the district and conference. Although this season has been cut short I feel content with my personal and team performances the past two years.”
Q: What were you looking forward to the most this season?
A: “I think senior night was probably my most highly anticipated match of the year. I attended every one of my friends’ senior nights and I was looking forward to seeing my friends and family at mine. Senior night is special because it gives the players some time to reflect on the past while also looking at what’s to come in the future.”
Q: What activity do you find yourself doing the most during quarantine?
A: During quarantine I’ve been playing a lot of basketball. I have a hoop in my driveway and it’s been convenient to be able to step outside and get some fresh air for a while. It also keeps me active and deters my mind from the loss of the rest of my senior year. “
Q: What do you miss most about normal life?
A: “Other than volleyball I miss my friends more than anything. I’m an only child so being stuck inside a house is hard especially with parents who still have to work during this time. Luckily, I’ve been able to stay in touch with my friends through different forms of social media as well as online through video games.”
Q: If you had the choice to be stuck at home with any teammate(s) during this quarantine, who would they be and why?
A: “If I could choose a teammate it’d be senior outside Devin Renninger. We’ve been close friends since freshman year on and off the court and we have many common interests: sports, hobbies, food, etc.”
Q: Can you name your favorite movie, show or series you’ve watched over the past month?
A: Over the past month I’ve gotten into a few series on Netflix: All American, Stranger Things, and The Blacklist. Out of the three Stranger Things is probably my favorite although All-American peaks the interest of my athletic side.”
Q: What’s the worst part about being stuck at home?
A: “The worst part about being stuck at home is not being able to go out to eat. I miss going to the Clubhouse for wing night with my friends as well as PJ’s and other restaurants.”
Q: What’s the first thing you want to do once this quarantine is over?
A: “The first thing I want to do when this quarantine is over is go to the beach with my friends. Since it appears that these conditions will be in effect until late May and possibly some of June, I hope to be able to go to the beach for the day with my friends and enjoy the sun and sand before leaving for college.”
Q: Can you tell your favorite sports story about yourself, your team or your teammates over the years?
A: “Throughout my years as a Hurricane I’ve been a part of the basketball team, the football team, and the volleyball team. My freshman basketball team went 19-3 in our season capping off one of if not the best record by a Liberty freshman basketball team. As a junior on the football team, beating Freedom for the third year in a row was amazing although we would lose a week later to Freedom in our first round of playoffs. But, my most favorite sports memory comes from my junior volleyball season when we defeated Emmaus for the first time in Neiad Ammary’s coaching career. Not only was it a momentous victory but also a moral victory because Emmaus is such a strong program and it was my first varsity victory against them in my high school career.”
Q: What lesson(s) have you learned throughout this whole process?
A: “Throughout this quarantine I’ve learned to just seize every moment for what it is. Every day is an opportunity to improve on yourself. Our team has been doing Zoom meetings to talk and do a workout together. Taking time to exercise, complete school work that is assigned, and meditate without the distraction of electronics has become an essential part of my daily routine. I’m currently trying to attain my Real Estate License with intentions of pursuing a future career in the field. I’m really trying to take advantage of any opportunity to benefit my future.”