Moody Siblings Have Similar Styles
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 16:10
Nate Moody and Ali Moody have a lot of things in common.
Aside from having the same last name and both being graduates of Dickinson High, the siblings were both born on Dec. 17, with Nate being exactly three years older than Ali.
They are also known for their hard work at NDSU.
Thanks to his dedication and some injuries at his position, Moody found the field in his first season as a walk-on freshman.
“I just try to come into every practice and every game and work as hard as I can and give as much effort as I can,” Nate said. “From there, I just practice and play as well as I can.”
Ali has exhibited the same blue-collar gene since she started her collegiate career at NDSU. Instead of being worried about how she would fit in as rookie, Ali said she just wants to see the team win.
“Of course I want to play, but before I do I have to improve,” Ali said. “If I play, I play and if I don’t, I don’t. I just want to help the team the best I can.”
Nate was on the field since his first season at NDSU and has taken advantage of every opportunity thrown his way.
“Nate is a soldier out there,” NDSU head football coach Craig Bohl said. “He does whatever he is asked to do.”
Though he may not get the most targets, Bohl emphasized Nate plays an important role on the team. He said Nate brings a solid level of dependability in short-yardage situations.
“To be able to go out and have somebody that we feel very comfortable throwing the ball to on third down, it’s a great deal of flexibility,” Bohl said. “Those are the things that carry you through when you get deep in (Missouri Valley Football Conference) play and down the road getting into playoff play. Those are the guys that are really carrying the torch for you.”
Nate has not only set a standard for his team, but his little sister as well.
Bypassing a redshirt season, Ali has put in her fair share of sweat for the Bison volleyball team.
The freshman setter is known around the team as going to the grindstone with each practice and match – a state of mind which has worked her into a bigger role as the season has gone on.
“(Ali) is a hard worker,” NDSU head volleyball coach Kari Thompson said. “You’ll see her laying out for everything. She doesn’t know what her limits are yet, which I think is great for a player like that. You can see that energy and that excitement level that she brings.”
Though Nate has set a bar for Ali as an athlete, his biggest influence on his younger sister may be off the court.
While most freshman aren’t aware of what it takes to be a student-athlete in college before they’re hit with their first round of homework, Nate was able to provide some much-needed advice.
“I just told her to be ready because it’s not going to be how you think it’s going to be,” Nate recalled of his advice to Ali. “Things get hard, but things will get a lot easier as the season goes on and into the offseason and into the spring.”
Both siblings said it has been nice to have each other around.
Their hometown of Dickinson is nearly 300 miles away from Fargo. Even though Ali and Nate’s parents have made it to Fargo for every home-game weekend this season, being so far away from home can be tough on anyone.
Which is exactly why Ali appreciates having Nate around.
“It’s really nice,” she said. “I can just go over to his house and stay the night. I like it a lot. (Our relationship) has gotten a lot better since I’ve gotten here.”
Though neither have an excess of time to cut out for each other, Nate said it’s been nice to see his sister more often now that she is a Bison.
“It’s nice having her here and helping her out,” he said. “She can come to over the house sometimes if she’s sick of the dorms. Overall, it’s a good experience.”