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Rojek set to play volleyball for Marist Red Foxes

Sydney Rojek was a star on the court. After being called up to the varsity team as an eighth grader, there was never any doubt that big things were ahead.

Rojek led the Frontier Falcons girls volleyball team to the Section VI Championship in 2013, and now will take her talents to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference where she will be playing for the Marist Red Foxes.

Marist is coming off of a runner-up finish in the MAAC last year and will have a spot open for Rojek at the setting position to help build on that success. Rojek is coming into the preseason training camp with an open mind and a working mentality, hoping to earn that open spot.

“I hope I’m ready and I hope I did everything I could to prepare,” Rojek said. “I have so many opportunities ahead of me that I don’t even know about yet… I’m kind of going in there with the hopes of getting that starting (setting) position obviously working very hard to get it.

“I’m going to have to work really hard to get that but I do hope to go on the team and make contributions.”

Dating back to her sophomore year, Rojek was named to the All Western New York 1st team each year. This past season, she was an All-ECIC selection and was also named to the Buffalo News All-Star team. Along with high school, Rojek played on the Niagara Frontier club team.

Rojek began playing volleyball when she was 12. She will be heading to Marist on an athletic scholarship after deciding between a number of schools in her decision process.

Both Towson and Kent State were in her final three, but a strong campus visit and a vote of confidence from head coach Tom Hanna convinced her that Marist was the place for her.

“(Marist) was the first ones to really contact me with the most interest, and the coach was extremely nice,” Rojek said. “He went above and beyond during my official visit. I got to meet all the girls. They made me feel really at home and I loved the campus and the team did very well this past year, so it was kind of a no brainer.”

Rojek’s passion for volleyball stems from her sister Lauren who played at Slippery Rock. Both her sister, and brother Drew, who played baseball at Gannon, have the experience of playing collegiate athletics. Sydney’s ears have been open, trying to listen, understand, and put into action anything that her two older siblings say which may help her in the transition period on and off the field.

Rojek always excelled on the court as a volleyball player and was one of the best players Frontier had over the past last four years. But the idea of playing at the next level really started to set in during her freshman and sophomore seasons.

She was improving, and doing so at such a rapid rate that it caught the eye of her teammates, coaches and fans throughout her time in high school.

“I’m really really excited but then I think about leaving everyone and being six hours away and a little bit of nervousness sets in,” Rojek said.

“I’m excited for a new level, and to challenge myself. I always felt like I could do better and bigger things so I’m excited to challenge myself.”

Move in day for Rojek is Sunday August 10th, with preseason beginning on Monday the 11th. They will kick off their season on August 29th against Holy Cross at the Boston College Invitational Tournament.

She will be studying elementary education, but until then, Rojek plans to work on her game, and also take the advice of her family, which is to enjoy every minute of college.


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