TJ's Como has winning start to senior year
Mia Como won’t forget her 2018-19 senior year at Thomas Jefferson. Two of her fondest memories have taken place in the fall semester.
Como, a 5-foot-7 defensive specialist on the TJ girls volleyball team, was named homecoming queen at the Jaguars’ home football game Oct. 5 against Central Valley.
“It was such an honor,” said Como, daughter of Dan and Dawn Como. Dan Como is principal at Pleasant Hills Middle School.
“I was so glad I could spend this time with all the girls on homecoming court,” she added. “I honestly was not expecting to win and was surprised when they announced my name.
“The whole experience was so memorable, and I enjoyed every moment of it.”
TJ’s homecoming court consisted of Como, Mariah Ackman, Jenna Clark, Angelina Gambino, Sydney Moran, Victoria Weisbrod, Adara Getsy, Haleigh Karcher, Tori O’Brien and Remy Zandier.
Como, 17, is in the regular rotation on TJ’s girls volleyball team, which rolled to its seventh consecutive section championship this season.
The Jaguars’ regular rotation includes seniors Sydney Moran, at the libero position, and defensive specialists Julia Micklo, Julia Fiedor and Como; junior middle hitters Tyler Turk and Natasha Yanief; junior outside hitters Tanner Patrick and Ashleigh Haines; junior setter Abby Chalovich; sophomore right-side hitter Lillian Rockwell; and freshman outside hitter Julia Palmer.
“I think we are playing strong and continue to play as a team every game,” Como said. “We attempt to improve in every practice, and are excited for the playoffs to finally start.”
Thomas Jefferson is ranked second in Class 3A in the TribLive HSSN girls volleyball rankings.
The Jaguars have won nine section titles in the last nine years and are gearing up for a deep run in the WPIAL playoffs.
Como has been playing volleyball throughout her teen years, including a stint with the Pittsburgh Point and Kokoro Volleyball club programs. She participates in a host of extracurricular activities at TJ.
She is a majorette captain in the school band, and is involved in the musical and Interact, STEM, Big Jag Little Cub and Spanish clubs.
The TJ netter maintains a sparkling 4.3 GPA, and serves as vice president for both the AP Humanities and National Honor Society.
“Mia is the ultimate team player,” said Ron Kelly, the Jaguars’ veteran volleyball coach. “At practice she is willing to play any position to make the team better. And Mia’s overall skills have improved greatly. Her serve-receive and defense have become very good.
“Being a senior, Mia has taken over a leadership role. She communicates to the team through their group page, and she reminds players of many of the team activities. She is also a mentor. Mia assists students in a club at TJ called Big Jag Little Cub. I am very proud to have such a nice young lady play volleyball for me.”
Como hopes to attend a major university either locally or in the regional area.
“I plan on majoring in pharmacy,” she said, “and would like to specialize in pediatric medicine.
“I plan to graduate from one of the schools in six years to begin a residency in a hospital.”
Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.