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Girls Volleyball Player Of The Year: Skylar Osenkarski, Holy Redeemer

December 4, 2018 GMT

The space for girls volleyball banners is almost completely filled at Holy Redeemer. They symbolize Wyoming Valley Conference titles and District 2 championships. And, each year, there’s been one key attacker that seemingly dominated the competition. This season, that athlete was once again Skylar Osenkarski. The Royals senior has been controlling the net since her breakout season as a sophomore, when she helped Redeemer travel deep into the postseason. And it didn’t change her senior year. Osenkarski helped lead the Royals to the PIAA Class 2A state title match against Bald Eagle Area. Her stats tell the complete picture. She led the WVC with 197 kills and was second on the team in blocks with 22. The senior racked up triple digits (115) in service points, and dug 22 balls off the attack. Osenkarski was named WVC Offensive Player of the Year and received all-state honors for the final time. Because of her efforts, she was named The Citizens’ Voice Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. The daughter of Charles Osenkarski and Tanya Borofski, and sister of Charlie Osenkarski, the Harding resident spoke with correspondent Tom Fox about her senior season and what it was like playing for a state power. Q: What got you interested in volleyball? A: I got a flyer to attend the Holy Redeemer volleyball camp in sixth grade, so I thought I would give it a try. I wasn’t that good, but I fell in love with the sport, never gave up and haven’t stopped playing since. Q: You have been MVP of the league and an all-state selection. But when did you realize how good you could be in the sport? A: The beginning of my sophomore year when I was picked to be the other middle hitter on varsity, I realized at that point that this was my sport. Q: Holy Redeemer has a history of powerful, talented attackers that are known throughout the state. How does it feel to be part of that list? A: It feels amazing to be recognized as one of the top players in Redeemer history and in the state. When I started as a freshman, I looked up to all the talented and powerful varsity hitters. And now, to be one of them, feels so surreal. Q: Reflect on your senior season. Did you reach all of your team goals and personal goals? A: As a team, I feel we reached our goal by making it to the state championship game, which was an amazing feeling. As a senior, I feel I’ve surpassed my goals by scoring over 1,000 career kills and leading Redeemer in blocking with 200 career blocks. Q: What did it mean to you to get to the state championship? A: It meant a great deal to me to make it that far. Being the first team in Redeemer history to play in the championship game was a great accomplishment and an overwhelming feeling. We’ve worked so hard for the last four years as a team and I felt this was our year to finally make it to the championship. Even though the outcome wasn’t what we hoped for, it was a great experience to be able to make it that far with some of my best friends and bring home the runner-up trophy. Q: What will you remember most about your Holy Redeemer career? A: Some of my best memories were not only those formed on the court, but the lasting relationships I have developed with my teammates. My best friendships have been made through volleyball at Redeemer, and I will never forget the feeling of winning games and tournaments with these girls. Q: How has the college recruiting process been? Have you decided on any school or major yet? A: The process has been difficult, but I really enjoyed visiting difference colleges and meeting coaches and their teams. I am happy to say that I did officially commit to Holy Family University in Philadelphia to play Division II volleyball and major in criminal justice. Q: What advice would you give to future players at Holy Redeemer? A: You need to have that mentality to play the sport, especially at the level Redeemer plays at. You need to shake off every mistake and focus on the next ball. And if you dedicated and never give up, you will achieve your goals. Contact the writer: sports@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060