SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers senior Sabrina Somoza is the starting libero and a team captain on the Tuskers’ varsity volleyball team. The Tuskers are off to a 5-2 start. Somoza is also a member of Somers’ track and field team.
How old were you when you started playing volleyball and how did you get started?
I was 11 and in the seventh grade. A bunch of my friends and I were all trying out for the modified team.
What are the team’s goals/expectations this season?
We want to work hard and make it as far as we can in the playoffs. Unfortunately, last year we had many injuries, but we are back, healthy and better than ever. We have a lot of talent and potential this year and we are very excited.
As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?
This year I am a captain alongside Ashli Ginquitti and Pooja Rao. I love being a leader and being able to be a role model for the younger girls. At the end of the day, I want the best for our team and each and every one of my teammates.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Before each game, we write initials of someone we are playing the game for.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My brother, Mike. He is one of the most hardworking and determined people I know. Even when things didn’t always work out in his favor, he always had a positive attitude and found happiness in whatever he was doing. He inspires me to be the best person I can be.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I helped create and now run Tusker Athletics on Twitter.
Do you plan on continuing to play volleyball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?
No, I don’t plan on playing in college, but I’ll still be playing with my friends for fun!
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to study pre-med or go into the medical field. I love learning about biology and the human body. Helping people has always been such an important part of my life and to be able to work in healthcare would be very rewarding.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Usain Bolt (a Jamaican sprinter who is the world record holder in multiple competitions). His dedication and hard work have very much influenced my training as a young athlete.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Definitely pop or rap!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be telepathy because I would be able to read people’s minds and communicate with them mentally.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would visit Bora Bora because it looks amazing there.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Toast with peanut butter and bananas.
Best place to eat around in Somers?
Bobo’s Cafe for sure!
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?
Snapchat! I like being able to see my friends’ faces and what they are up to outside of school.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the volleyball program and why should they go out for the team?
Being a year-round athlete these last four years at Somers High School has changed not only my life but who I am. Once you join a team, they become family. They pick you up and strive for you to become the best person you could possibly be, on and off any sports ground. Somers has the best coaches, hands down. They genuinely care and want to see you succeed. I am so beyond thankful and lucky to have been a part of the program and would do anything to get a few more years here. The experiences and memories will last a lifetime and I definitely encourage all the young athletes out there to try and be a part of one of the sports teams.