GCC grad Samantha Chorney a steady hitter for W&J
After a strong junior year, Washington & Jefferson's Samantha Chorney hopes to play a bigger role in improving the Presidents' success on the volleyball court next year.
“My personal goal is to keep performing well for the team,” the Greensburg Central Catholic graduate said, “and help the team to stay positive and to overcome this season and to make it better next year.”
This year, the Presidents competed under first-year coach Brooke Turner and finished 10-16 overall and 4-10 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
“I think as a team we were all disappointed with how we ended up performing toward the end because we did start out so well at the beginning of the season,” Chorney said. “It's something that we need to work through.”
Despite a five-game slide to end the season, Chorney posted 35 kills during that stretch.
“Whenever we needed a big player or a key hitter, Sam was definitely one of our go-to people,” Turner said. “She's a pretty consistent player. We were lucky to have somebody since we don't have any seniors. We were lucky to have juniors to step into that role as kind of our go-to dependable hitter.”
Chorney's statistics are evidence of her consistency. In 26 matches, she was second for the Presidents with 209 kills (2.27 per game). She added 97 digs and 20 blocks defensively.
In the last three seasons, Chorney appeared in 77 matches, posting 487 kills, 474 digs and 88 blocks.
“She wants to be good at what she does,” Turner said. “If she feels like she's not doing as well as she can do, she's very willing to come to me or my assistant and get the instruction that she needs to be the better player that she can be. I think in that way she was definitely a more lead-by-example person on our team for the younger girls.”
For Chorney, the necessity to do well on the court has been her passion for years.
“I started playing in seventh grade,” Chorney said. “It was something new to try because my parents always wanted to get me into different sports, and my mother played.”
Not only did her mom, Heather Meyer, play volleyball, but she also coached Chorney at Greensburg Central Catholic from seventh grade until her graduation.
“I enjoyed it a lot. It was definitely a bonding experience,” Chorney said. “She was tougher on me than most, but it helped me out a lot. She helps me with my passion for it and got me where I am today.”
Brittany Goncar is a freelance writer.