Maria Clafin leaps up for a spike Sept. 14, 2018 against The College of St. Scholastica. Claflin was ranked 48th in the nation for individual blocks in division three. | Photo by Katie Viesselman.

Scouting Report: Maria Claflin

Maria Claflin, the starting middle hitter for the Bethel Royals volleyball team, likes getting game-winning blocks, eating sriracha and kayaking in her yellow New Balances.

Zach Walker
Jan 11 · 1 min read

Name: Maria Claflin

Sport: Volleyball

Major: Elementary Education (Pre-Primary)

Minor: Spanish

Hometown: Dayton, MN

High School: Champlin Park High School


Pregame meal: Stir fry with eggs, carrots and sriracha sauce

Pregame music: “Yeah!” by Usher

Sports movie: Remember the Titans

Team: Minnesota Gophers Women’s Volleyball

Athlete: Lauren Carlini (USA Volleyball/Igor Gorgonzola Novara)

TV Show: New Girl

Store: Any candy store

Restaurant: Freight House (Medium-rare steak and mashed potatoes)

Place: Oahu, Hawaii

Away arena: University of St. Thomas

Nemesis: Gustavus Adolphus College

Relaxation Activity: Kayaking in northern Minnesota

Shoes: Yellow New Balances

The List: Isrealson’s Postgame Treats

  1. Rice Krispie bars

2. Cake pops

3. Cookies

4. Various bars

— Josh Towner and Zach Walker


Zach Walker

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Bethel University storyteller. Likes watching Oscar nominees, water skiing while his dad drives the boat, and picking orange in Settlers of Catan.


Hyperlocal news about Bethel (Minn.) University by journalism students. To contact editors, email or Tweet to @Royal_Report.

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