NEWBERRY — Elyssia Marcavage, Newberry High School senior, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Spartanburg Methodist College. Marcavage, 17, plays the outside position.
She chose Spartanburg Methodist College because of how much it felt like home.
“Was just the place I wanted to go. I liked it right when I walked in and saw how spaced out it was and I just felt like it would be home to me,” Marcavage said.
Before making her final decision, Marcavage also had options from Anderson, USC Upstate and USC Lancaster.
At Spartanburg Methodist College, Marcavage would like to major in Biology and later become a dermatologist.
“I chose that area because when I was in middle school I got picked on a lot for acne and my skin. So I want to help others that have that problem so they don’t have to worry about it,” she said.
Marcavage would also like to get involved with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) to continue her growth with God, and possibly Student Government Association.
Marcavage said her coach, Deanna Wilbanks, played an important role in getting her to where she is today.
“She has helped me a lot by getting me motivated, always keeping me updated about emailing the coaches and sending them my stats and videos, just practicing hard and always staying on me and never letting me get frustrated with myself and to be a leader,” she said.
Marcavage’s mother, Julianne Marcavage Senn is excited to see her daughter continue to play volleyball, but wants to make sure her education comes first.
“The main priority is her education. We looked at different schools and felt like this was the best fit for her, it’s only an hour away from home, it was a good fit where she can stay focused and feel at home,” Senn said.
Wilbanks was proud to see one of her players take her career to the next level.
“It’s outstanding. Her level of dedication to the sport is pretty amazing and having her succeed and achieve her dreams has been awesome to watch,” Wilbanks said. “Elyssia is smart, she watches the sport and knows where everybody is playing. She’s aggressive, likes to hit and hit hard, so just the fact that she’s court smart is going to take her a long way.”
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