Name: Mackenzie Jean Conover
Major: Business, with a focus in finance and real estate
Random Interesting Fact: Had surgery two years after her
appendectomy to remove a one-and-a-half-inch clip the surgeon
In this episode of “The O.C.”:
Snowflakes, frost and icicles contrast sharply against the
California sunshine, sandy beaches and ocean surf that freshman
outside hitter Mackenzie Conover is used to.
However, Conover valiantly leaves behind her sun-drenched
familiarity to pursue dreams of six-packing opponents and setting
up kills in the rocky confines of the Mountain West Conference,
amid a blizzard of other paramount adjustments that accompany the
commencement of college and the challenge of being a student
Conover is using her self-described “competitive, energetic”
attitude on and off the court to acclimate herself to new
surroundings in Moby Arena. She joins the Rams from Orange County’s
Corona del Mar, a coast-lined haven for body boarders and beach
On her home turf, this Orange County star swung her way to the
top of the Pacific Coast League as captain of the Corona del Mar
Sea Kings in 2003. She was also an integral member of the team that
clenched the PCL championships in 2000 and 2002.
Off the court, Conover also made waves in academics in high
school. She graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and
earned four academic letters in the process.
Celebrating her 18th birthday on Tuesday, Conover is the
youngest player on the CSU volleyball roster. So far at CSU,
Conover is far from wiping out. She is thoroughly enjoying her
Communications in Pop Culture class, taught by Instructor Alli
“We are in the disco era now, so we went out in the hall and
learned the hustle,” Conover said of the class. “It gets you more
involved rather than sitting there and listening to a lecture and
Alli is the most energetic teacher I’ve ever had.”
Back in the O.C., this “jeans and a t-shirt” girl liked to hit
the beach and do some body boarding when she wasn’t hitting spikes
or hitting the books. Since Fort Collins is land-locked and
Horsetooth Reservoir is a little cold for that kind of action,
Conover spends her free time hanging out with friends and is
looking forward to re-watching her favorite movie, “Shrek II,” when
it comes out on video.
Conover is more conservative when it comes to style than most of
the O.C. cast members. She might consider a nose piercing if she
had to choose a new accessory.
“I’m not a big shower of skin, so I wouldn’t get a tattoo,”
When it comes to music, Conover also exhibits a more mellow
preference. Her favorite song is “All For You” by Blues Traveler,
and Dashboard Confessional tops her list of hottest bands.
Conover’s future plans take her back to the beach when she is
done with volleyball and college in Colorado.
“I’ll probably move back to Orange County and get a job in real
estate or something,” Conover said. “I miss the ocean and the
In the mean time, Conover has a lot of Colorado experiences
awaiting her in a Rams jersey as CSU makes its stand amongst the
best in the nation. How will this episode in her life turn out? To