Academic All Star - Chelsea Roach

By wbng sports

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 12:49 AM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

The Oxford girl's volleyball team is 6 and 3 on the season and in search of winning a league title.
Part of the reason for it's success is the unselfish play of senior Chelsea Roach, who excels not only on the court, but also in the classroom.
Action Sports Reporter Gabe Osterhout has more on this week's Academic All-Star.

"I don't like to have most of the focus on me and I feel I'd rather make it a team effort and work together rather than have the spotlight just on me."

But don't think Oxford senior Chelsea Roach isn't important to her volleyball team.
She's one of the senior leaders.
And is the setter, meaning she gets to make plays for her teammates.

Coach Kim Martin says, "Chelsea is basically the glue of our team."
"We certainly wouldn't have the record we have because she is conscious that she's got teammates on the floor with her and she does set them up. It's not to say if the other team sets her up, she wouldn't take the kill, because she does."

Roach had a decision to make when she was in 7th grade.
Play volleyball, or basketball.
But for her, it was an easy choice.

Roach says, "Basketball seemed more intense and not as working together...I mean in a way it's working together, but I feel in volleyball, you're talking, you're communicating, you're trying to work as a team to get that one point and I just felt volleyball had my friends and a closer feeling."

Off the court, Roach carries a 97 average.
She hopes to go to LeMoyne College in the fall and major in business administration.

Though she says her favorite subject is English.

That's because she enjoys reading and setting up research papers.
Kind of like she enjoys setting up teammates on the volleyball court.
And that's why Chelsea Roach is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Oxford, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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