In case some of you missed it, my man Dan DeFrancesco featured two local volleyball players in his weekly college notebook, which ran on Sunday. He also gave a shout-out to another local volleyball player in his “additional achievements” section. Below is the full notebook from Dan, who does a phenomenal job keeping an eye on locals at the next level. For you tweeps out there, you can follow Dan at @LoHud_DeFran and his college account at @LoHudCollege.
Life for West Point cadets is not easy.
Students at the prestigious military academy have a regimented schedule that includes four and a half hours of classes starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by an hour of military training or lab work and then more classes in the afternoon.
Still, two locals have managed to make time for their athletic endeavors, excelling on the Black Knights’ volleyball team this season.
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Perri (pictured below), a Panas graduate, and senior right-side hitter Kerry Horan, a Croton-Harmon graduate, rank third (191) and fourth (159), respectively, on West Point in kills through 21 matches.
“You just really have to stay on top of everything,” said Perri, who was an honorable mention in the Patriot League’s weekly awards of balancing academics, athletics and training. “You can’t just let anything go. Once you let something go so far, it’s hard to dig yourself out of a bigger hole.”
Coincidentally, Perri and Horan said they had never dreamed of going to West Point while growing up. Their campus visits left a lasting impact on both, though.
Horan (pictured below) remembers a specific conversation she had on her visit where she was told athletic scholarships from traditional colleges would be available over the next few years. Enrolling at a West Point was a once-and-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Just that thought that this was such a unique experience really stuck with me,” Horan said. “I’m glad that I did it.”
Years later, Perri and Horan have no regrets about the decisions they’ve made. The pair enjoys the challenging lifestyle of a cadet.
“Every minute of every day is accounted for somewhere,” Perri said.
It’s also a point of pride for Horan that two local products that essentially grew up in West Point’s backyard are helping the Black Knights succeed.
“It’s really good to show that New York has some volleyball,” Horan said. “Just show all the girls from California and all the other big places that we can do it, too.”
Additional achievements: College of New Rochelle junior outside hitter Meghan King (Clarkstown North, New City) was named AD3I volleyball player of the week. … College of New Rochelle sophomore Deanna Tozzo (Lakeland, Shrub Oak) was named AD3I tennis player of the week. … Castleton sophomore Sara Novenstern (Horace Greeley, Chappaqua) was named NEAC East Division all-conference first team in tennis. … Bucknell senior Mike Nicholson (Horace Greeley, Chappaqua) was named Patriot League male swimmer of the week.