Student-Athlete Spotlight: Iliana Paz

Graphic by Allison Plume


This week’s athlete spotlight will highlight a freshman bowler, Iliana Paz.


Name: Iliana Paz

Paz setting up for her next frame at practice.
Photo provided by Iliana Paz.

Nicknames: Ili

Age: 18

From: Plainfield, Illinois

Year: Freshman

Major: Business administration

Minor: Music

Sport: Bowling


Q: When did you start playing your sport?

A: “I started bowling my junior year of high school when I was 16 years old.”

Q: How did you get started in your sport?

A: “I started bowling because I was lazy and didn’t like running. But also because I wanted to be able to say I did something in high school. I stuck with it because after doing it for one year I fell in love not only with the sport but with my team.”

Q: What is your biggest strength in your sport?

A: “My biggest strength is I never give up. Bowling can be very stressful but I remind myself that there is always another frame.”

Q: What was your most embarrassing moment in your sport?

A: “My most embarrassing moment was when I went to throw my shot and the ball flew out of my hand backwards and rolled off the approach and my teammates jumped around like on Wii sports.”

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment in your sport?

A: “My biggest accomplishment is placing second in the JV division of a tournament.”

Q: What do you like most about your sport?

A: “I like how it’s not really like other sports and that it takes so much precision.”

Q: Why did you choose to play for Lindenwood?

A: “They have an amazing team with a great coach.”

Q: Do you have any game day rituals?

A: “Our rituals as a team are to stretch and cheer very loudly. Mine personally are to listen to Carrie Underwood’s champion in my head phones.”

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

A: “Some of my hobbies are singing and songwriting. I also like to hang out in my sorority’s chapter room.”

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?

A: “Brian Urlacher.”

Q: Who do you look up to in your sport?

A: “Jason Belmonte.”

Q: What is your favorite sports team?

A: “Bears.”

Q: What keeps you motivated?

A: “My dad keeps me very motivated. He’s always cheering me on.”

Q: What are three things you could not live without?

A: “Music, my dogs, food. Food is obvious and music and my dogs I love and they help me through everything.”

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people who would they be?

A: “George Washington, Cate Blanchett, Michael Jackson. They are all awesome.”

Q: What is your favorite Quote?

A: “’kick a**.’”

Q: Do you have any advice for young athletes?

A: “Just stick with it. Even if it gets rough or hard, stick with it.”

Q: What are your plans for after college?

A: “I plan on moving to California after college and starting my own record label.”

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Taylor McDaniel is our culture editor. She is a senior who is studying journalism and graduating in December. She enjoys writing and telling stories, which makes this position perfect for her. In her free time, you can usually find her with her Tri Sigma sisters or at the barn with her horse Pointer. Along with her horse, she also has a dog named Sasha, who is her pride and joy. She also loves being outdoors and spending as much time in nature as she can.