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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Victoria Jones Huff came to Lipscomb from Clarksville, Tenn., and was a middle blocker for the volleyball team. She has become a successful photographer with her own studio; Victoria Huff Photography in Athens, Ga. Huff was passing through Nashville with her family on the way to an assignment and stopped by to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played volleyball at Lipscomb from 2001-2004. My first two seasons were coached by Kim Barham. My sophomore year, Brandon Rosenthal came on as a graduate assistant and the next year started as head coach. It’s kind of an honor being a part of the first team Brandon ever coached.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“It would actually have to be my last home game against UTC in 2004. There were many defining moments throughout my athletic career at Lipscomb that I look back on with fondness, but in this particular game, there was a determination in all of us to finish our last home game with a win. We won, 3-2, and it was the last time I saw us united as a team in Allen Arena. The fans were so excited for us and there was a sense of pride in knowing we came together and finished off strong.
“There were five of us seniors graduating….we were the first NCAA Division I recruits in 2001, and although I know all of us would have liked to have accomplished more for the volleyball program at Lipscomb, we were aware that we were a part of something so much bigger than us.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Kristin (Peck) Ryman. She is such a talented athlete. She brought so much to the table in every practice and in every game. She always made it a point to try to lift you up if you were getting down on yourself. She played volleyball and softball and still managed to do well in her classes, all while making it look easy. Not to mention she had an amazing swing. Fans in the bleachers would go crazy when she would swing away.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Spending time with friends and teammates in the Student Center or out in the square. I especially loved it when the weather would start warming up in the spring and I’d get a chance to lie in the grass and read a book or watch the crazy squirrels near the square.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Enjoy life. Get involved in as much as possible. Be active. Go help someone in need. You will never look back at your life and be glad that you sat on the couch watching TV.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“I truly enjoyed the Bible teachings of both Dr. Jim Morgan and Dr. Dave Morgan. They were smart, witty and actually made you want to listen to what they had to say. I tried to get either one of them as often as possible when registering for Bible classes.”
Where do you live now?
“I moved to Athens, Ga., in October of 2008 after I married my husband, Justin Huff.
Who is your employer?
“I started Victoria Huff Photography in 2010 in Athens, Ga., and have been working full time since then as a wedding and portrait photographer. I have had the fortune of getting to travel all over the country taking pictures for corporations, families, couples, etc. I also coach JV volleyball for North Oconee High School every fall. I absolutely love what I do and feel very blessed that I can say I love both of my jobs!”
Tell us about your family.
“I met my husband when I moved into the apartment above him at the beginning of my senior year at Lipscomb. In 2008, we got married on the top of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn. Shortly after, we moved to Justin’s hometown of Athens.
“On July 8, 2010, we gave birth to the sweetest little girl named Violette. We also have a crazy little yorkie-poo named Baxter. We look forward to expanding our family more over the next few years.”