Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Windsor senior Marina Seidel is one of the most important players on the varsity volleyball team.
Not bad for a girl who didn't even want to play the sport back in middle school.
"Actually in middle school, I didn't want to try out for volleyball and my dad told me that I should and I'd like it and so I did and ended up loving it and ever since then, I've always done it, continued through and I've been on varsity since 10th grade so I love it."
She's not the flashiest player, and may not have the best stats, but her coach says she is the glue of the team.
Seidel plays in the back row, and specializes in defense and passing.
Her coach says the team would not be nearly as successful as they have been if not for her.
"Basically, my job is defensive specialist. I dig everything and I make passes so our offense gets to hit."
Coach Scott Symons says, "She's such a solid player for us. You can't replace a Marina Seidel, you hope the younger kids learn from her and try to copy that."
Inside the classroom, Seidel carries a 98 average.
She's a member of National Honor Society and is the senior class president.
Outside of school, she volunteers at the Willow Point nursing home.
And because of her experience there, she would like to major in pre-med in college.
"I think it's going to help me down the road because I see a lot of elderly people and it's just rewarding when you can do something little to make their day like sit with an old lady and she asks me to paint her nails. The smile on her face makes everything worth it, even though I have to give up Sundays, it's nice."
After this season is over, her volleyball career will be over as well.
But that's just fine with her because it'll give her more time to concentrate on her studies, which she says is much more important.
"10 years from now, volleyball, it's not going to be there anymore but you have your career and you can think back on the memories, but you need to do something else."
A team leader and a true scholar athlete, that's why Marina Seidel is this week's academic all-star.
In Windsor, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.