Volleyball Warriors chat with readers
University of Hawai'i volleyball players Dejan Miladinovic and Eyal Zimet talked online with fans Wednesday night. Advertiser sports writer Stephen Tsai served as moderator. Here's a transcript of the talk:
Stephen Tsai: Aloha. Welcome to The Advertiser chat with UH volleyball players Eyal Zimet and Dejan Miladinovic. We will begin early. Dejan and Eyal will now make opening statements.
|Dejan Miladinovic, left, and Eyal Zimet answer questions on computers at the University of Hawai'i student athletes' center during The Advertiser live chat tonight.
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Eyal Zimet: I am happy to be here. hope you had a great day at the beach ;-)
Stephen Tsai: UH FaN asks: Dejan, do you know somebody named Blazo Sarcevitch?
Dejan Miladinovic: Yup, he was on Football team, I saw him last semester.
Stephen Tsai: Warrior Babe asks: Eyal, what are you majoring in?
Eyal Zimet: ICS
Stephen Tsai: What's that?
Dejan Miladinovic: Positive, I know him'
Eyal Zimet: Computers
Stephen Tsai: UH Basketball fan asks: Dejan, do you have a girlfriend?
Dejan Miladinovic: No, unfortunately
Stephen Tsai: yay4tuyay asks: How do you guys feel about the win against UCLA?
Eyal Zimet: This was the sweetest series since I arrived here!!!
Stephen Tsai: aloha013 asks: Dejan, do you plan on staying in Hawaii after you complete your eligibility?
Dejan Miladinovic: we feel great, confident
Dejan Miladinovic: I haven't edcided yet,there are many unknowns at this point
Stephen Tsai: Duckie asks: What do you think about UCLA complaining after the loss?
Eyal Zimet: I expected much more from them as a team and especialy from their coach
Stephen Tsai: islandgurl asks: Who's the most inspirational player on the team?
Eyal Zimet: this is not a way to make remarks after two losses
Stephen Tsai: Bambi asks: Do you guys stay in touch with Brenton Davis?
Dejan Miladinovic: I'd say I getenergy from Costas and Tony
Stephen Tsai: Dreamer asks: Do you think the trash talking done by UCLA this pst week is an indication of how much sportsmanship has changed?
Eyal Zimet: we have some kind of contact through the e-mail, he is doing good back in Vegas
Dejan Miladinovic: I really don't think about UCLA series any more.BYU is next and that's all we care about
Stephen Tsai: WarriorBabe asks: What did the team do to celebrate the win over UCLA?
Dejan Miladinovic: Most of the team went to Blue Tropix to celebrate
Eyal Zimet: I watched training-day, thinking about BYU
Stephen Tsai: rainbow asked: how come mike wilton didn't give the hat to UCLA coach Al Scates.
Dejan Miladinovic: I don't know, was he supposed to
Stephen Tsai: Many people asked: Eyal, do you have a girlfriend.
Eyal Zimet: Yes I do! her name is Eko Lapp. don't let that stop you from coming to the games :-)
Stephen Tsai: alohao asked: When fans ask fo pictures or autographs, how do you feel about it? Do you think they take too much?
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asked: Who is the best athlete on your team?
Eyal Zimet: I see the session after the games as a thank you time for the fans
Dejan Miladinovic: I'd say Delano
Eyal Zimet: Delano Thomas
Eyal Zimet: agreed!
Stephen Tsai: faith: waht are some of the best signs youve seen during games?
Dejan Miladinovic: Kimo,marry me
Eyal Zimet: you drive me KRAJCI
Stephen Tsai: uh basketball fan aks: how old were you guys when you started at UH?
Eyal Zimet: 21 1/2
Dejan Miladinovic: I turned 21 two months after I arrived here
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asked: who do you think will be in the final four?
Dejan Miladinovic: Pepp, Hawaii, Penn State and one more team, I'm not sure
Eyal Zimet: Penn-State, Pep, Ohio, us
Stephen Tsai: bambi asks: if you could change anything about the team, what would it be?
Dejan Miladinovic: We are fine the way we are now, no changes necessary
Stephen Tsai: many ask: what's the sexiest thing about dejan?
Eyal Zimet: may be more basket-ball in practice
Eyal Zimet: you don't wana know .........
Stephen Tsai: islandgurl asks: who on the team gets all of the girls?
Dejan Miladinovic: Jose
Eyal Zimet: The Puerto-rican
Stephen Tsai: matt komer asks: what do you think of ucla?
Eyal Zimet: they will be better during the playoffs and so are we
Dejan Miladinovic: I don't think about them, I don't think they have any character
Stephen Tsai: reo asks: how is tony doing? will he play against byu?
Eyal Zimet: yes
Dejan Miladinovic: yup, he'll play
Stephen Tsai: aloha0 asks: do you have any pregame rituals besides the gum chewing?
Dejan Miladinovic: Not really, I have routine,recently I switced from having nap after the meal to having it before, works great
Eyal Zimet: a good diner the night before, great night sleep and an active morning
Stephen Tsai: uhfan asks; what do you think about the crazy fans?
Dejan Miladinovic: They are great, we need more of them
Eyal Zimet: true that
Stephen Tsai: tuyay asks both of you: boxers or briefs?
Dejan Miladinovic: boxers
Eyal Zimet: why?
Eyal Zimet: non
Stephen Tsai: uh fan asks: are you friends with the basketball team?
Stephen Tsai: warrior babe asks: what languages do you both speak?
Dejan Miladinovic: yeah, we are friends, we go out sometimes at the same places, watch the games, they are cool
Dejan Miladinovic: Serbian and English
Eyal Zimet: yes, it's hard to ignore them, you know...they are huge and they are in our way in the arena
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asked: do you think costas will be the national player of the year?
Dejan Miladinovic: no doubt
Eyal Zimet: it would be crime to give it to anyone else
Stephen Tsai: island gurl asks: what are your dreams and goals for yourself and the team?
Dejan Miladinovic: do you really have to ask that one?
Stephen Tsai: Duke fan asks: what bands do you guys like?
Dejan Miladinovic: no particular one, I like all kinds of music, I can't single out any one
Eyal Zimet: Israeli ones. BTW, the cat and little dog are doing great!
Stephen Tsai: uhbasketball fan asks: what do you guys like most about the stan sheriff center?
Eyal Zimet: the locker!!!
Dejan Miladinovic: Big locker room, sleeping lounge
Stephen Tsai: uh fan asks eyal: what do you mean they are in your way at the arena?
Eyal Zimet: same hallways
Stephen Tsai: nomeak asks: what do you guyslike most about hawaii?
Eyal Zimet: not anything bad
Dejan Miladinovic: I like the people,the climate
Eyal Zimet: the weather the people/atmosphere, and the ocean
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asked: who are your best friends on the team?
Eyal Zimet: Dejan, Costas, Tony and jake
Dejan Miladinovic: we are all buddys, I'd say I hang out more with older guys
Stephen Tsai: wishful thinker asks: do you both chat online?
Dejan Miladinovic: Right now, or in general?
Stephen Tsai: in general, dejan
Dejan Miladinovic: I do sometimes, I prefer phone or one-to-one conversation
Eyal Zimet: not much, I do talk to my parents in Israel on-line
Stephen Tsai: biggieb asks: what's the craziest thing a fan has done? do you remember fans?
Stephen Tsai: By the way, you're both invited to speak to Kaimuki High.
Dejan Miladinovic: Nothing extreme
Dejan Miladinovic: ok
Stephen Tsai: UH fan asks: do you hang out with Predrag Savovic?
Stephen Tsai: Hawaiichica asks: what do you plan on doing after graduation?
Stephen Tsai: Another reader asks eyal: will you play for the U.S. or Israeli national team?
Dejan Miladinovic: Sometimes, we hang out with other members of Serbian community
Eyal Zimet: If I get the chance to play for US I will with no doubt
Stephen Tsai: skandie asks: do either of you have phobias?
Eyal Zimet: for now I am back in Israel this summer
Dejan Miladinovic: No phobias, but I do hate being alone
Eyal Zimet: I don't realy like Scorpions, but that's not a problem here is it?!? ;-)
Stephen Tsai: Both of you are asked: Would you ever date a fan?
Dejan Miladinovic: Depends,if I'm atracted , why not
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asks: what is your favorite local food?
Eyal Zimet: I have two, one was held by Eko before we were together "Eyal is my God", the other one is the israeli flag
Dejan Miladinovic: I don't eat poi nor raw fish.I eat chicken if that's local
Eyal Zimet: favorite food is "jack in the box"
Stephen Tsai: rainbows asks eyal: how did you meet your girlfriend?
Eyal Zimet: :-D
Eyal Zimet: she kidnapped me to the west coast.....NO IDEAS!!!
Stephen Tsai: hawaiichica asks: what's the worst class you've taken at uh?
Dejan Miladinovic: let me think,ELI 82
Stephen Tsai: a reader asks: what do you think about playing against coach wilton's son this weekend?
Eyal Zimet: The worst one was a Calculus class , but not because of the subject, it was a horible teacher!
Dejan Miladinovic: Friend of a friend of a friend ofa ...
Eyal Zimet: that will be fun and hopefully not a pleasant experience for him
Stephen Tsai: OK, quick roundup: Who has girlfriends on the team? What do you both look for in women?
Stephen Tsai: Dejan has to leave soon.
Dejan Miladinovic: Long list, girl with smarts, I need to be physically attracted and good sense of humor
Eyal Zimet: active, honest, good looking and fun to be with
Stephen Tsai: wifhfulthinker asks; what do you think about fans treating you and your teammate like celebrities?
Dejan Miladinovic: I enjoy it and anybody who tells you otherwise lies
Eyal Zimet: this is definatly flattering
Stephen Tsai: bambi asks; who on the team has the best hair?
Eyal Zimet: where?
Stephen Tsai: nomeak asks: what are your favorite vacation spots?
Dejan Miladinovic: I haven't been on vacation in a while, I guess Serbia
Stephen Tsai: what do you both do in your free time?
Eyal Zimet: west coast in Hawaii, Maui and a little kibbuts in Israel
Dejan Miladinovic: watch TV, go to the beach, cruise with friends
Eyal Zimet: not much free time
Stephen Tsai: uhbasketball fans asks: how old were you when you first started in volleyball?
Dejan Miladinovic: I was 14
Eyal Zimet: 7th grade
Stephen Tsai: skandie asks: dejan, do people find you hard to approach because of your intimidating looks?
Dejan Miladinovic: USC
Dejan Miladinovic: The serious face doesn't help much
Stephen Tsai: rianbows asks: who's the better player -- costas or yuval katz?
Dejan Miladinovic: I haven't seen Yuval so I can't tell
Eyal Zimet: I will give costas the honor
Stephen Tsai: tuyay asks; waht do you think of kimo tuyay?
Dejan Miladinovic: Funny guy, hard working , great team mate
Eyal Zimet: he is a talented setter
Stephen Tsai: chica asks: which hollywood celebrity would you like to meet?
Dejan Miladinovic: Liv Tyler
Stephen Tsai: aloha asks dejan: saturday being your last home match, how do you feel?
Eyal Zimet: Cameron Dias
Dejan Miladinovic: mixed feelings, sadness and excitement
Stephen Tsai: biggie asks: do you keep in touch with former teammates?
Dejan Miladinovic: The guy can't ref
Dejan Miladinovic: I try to
Stephen Tsai: faith asks: if you were stranded on an island with only three things, what would they be and why?
Stephen Tsai: Dejan and Eyal have to study now, so they will make final statements.
Dejan Miladinovic: Boat, sail and compass
Dejan Miladinovic: Ok guys, thank you for chatting with us ,I hope we answered most of your questions.I guess they were filtered for obscene material I was ready for much more.Aloha
Eyal Zimet: thanx for joining us here tonight, hope to see you in the arena sooner than later, take care you all and have fun when you can
Stephen Tsai: Thank you for joining our chat. A transcripit will be available shortly.