Rose Spagnolo: stepping up for an Impact Player Award

By Ray Wolf

spagnolo.jpgStatistics can be pretty interesting. You can compare players and teams, and sometimes stats can tell you something. Sometimes they can’t. Sometimes a player can have a huge impact on the success of a team, and the stats don’t necessarily tell the whole story. Dunsmuir Lady Tiger volleyball player Rose Spagnolo fits that description.

Sure Spagnolo had a pile of assists this season, and was third on the team in aces. But, that only tells a part of the story. Dunsmuir volleyball coach Lisa Kirch tells the rest.

“I would say that my impact player would be our setter Rose Spagnolo. I knew I was going to be hurting when it came to a setter. Rose stepped up and said she was ready for the challenge. At the beginning of the season, I told her she was going to be our lone setter and I would be putting a lot of pressure on her to function as a leader on the team,” said Kirch. “She did exactly that. She is a great team motivator clarity-300.jpgand seemed to always come up with some awesome serves and great saves at the net in key moments of games.  She works extremely well under pressure without losing her composure. Towards the end of the season she re-injured her knee that she had previous surgery on. But, this did not slow her down. She was determined to work hard for her team.”

That determination and dedication earned Rose Spagnolo an Impact Player Award. Congratulations.

The Impact Player Award is given on a monthly basis and goes to Siskiyou County high school athletes, male or female, that have had a significant impact on the success of their team. I select the players based on my own observations, often in consultation with the player’s coaches, as I did this time around.

A total of four awards are given each month and are not school specific; they can go to a player at any school that Siskiyou Youth covers. Winners receive Impact T-shirts that were designed by Golden Grotto. The T-shirts and award are cosponsored by Siskiyou Youth and NorCal Classic Hits radio 102.3/101.7.

Yreka Miner Manny Barragan received an Impact Player Award earlier this week. That leaves two more to be awarded for November. Who will join Spagnolo and Barragan?

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