SOMERS, N.Y. – Madison Cartisano, a Somers resident, plays libero for Kennedy Catholic varsity girls volleyball. The Gaels finished the regular season undefeated, never losing a set.

No. 1 Kennedy defeated No. 2 Preston on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for the Catholic High School Athletic Association division title.

How old were you when you started playing volleyball and what got you started?

Sign Up for Somers Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

I was in seventh grade when I started playing volleyball and I wanted to try something new. I had played sports all my life, but I especially love the speed and pace of the game.

What is your favorite thing about being on the volleyball team at Kennedy?

I love the girls that I play with and our camaraderie. We have a lot of fun together and the best part is that we win!

What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

We are very competitive and many of us have been playing together for years and during warm ups we like to play loud music and keep it loose.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents have both been my biggest role models. They support me in whatever I do and always push me to do my best. They taught me “the most important play is the next play” and to never give up. They are my biggest fans and they never miss a game.

Do you plan on continuing to play sports in college?

I would love to continue playing volleyball at the club level in college.

Do you know what you want to study in college?

I am undecided right now, but leaning towards advertising or marketing.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Loud, upbeat music gets me really motivated.

What’s something about yourself people might not know?

I love to play pool.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

The power to heal Alzhweimer’s because my grandmother has it and it runs in my family. It is a terrible disease that no one should have to live with.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation and why?

Tybee Island, Ga., because I get to spend quality time with my family in my favorite place. We have been going there since forever and always have the best time.

Favorite place to eat locally?

That would be Froggy’s. Their CBR and curly fries are the best!

What is the go-to app on your phone?


Do you have a favorite book, movie or TV show you are currently enjoying?

When I get a chance to watch TV, I enjoy watching episodes of “The Office.”