Julia Menosky driven to have big senior season for Point Park volleyball
Someday, Julia Menosky plans to create not just her own business but her own empire. As she approaches her senior season with the Point Park volleyball team, the Bishop Canevin grad is thinking about how to use her degree in entrepreneurship once her playing days are over.
She won’t reveal specific plans, saying she will take time to formulate her vision then see what heights she can reach.
Given her work ethic, Menosky seems likely to succeed. She works at Key Bank Pavilion during concerts, has done baby-sitting jobs with her younger brother, Matt — who will play for the St. Francis (Pa.) volleyball team next season — worked volleyball clinics and volunteered at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club among her many endeavors.
Those are over and above her athletic pursuits, which, over the years, have consisted of softball, flag football, basketball and, of course, volleyball. It was in the latter that she made her greatest mark, and she will enter her final season at Point Park as one of the linchpins of a team looking to win a River States Conference title.
“That’s always the goal every year,” she said. “There are a lot of girls returning, and we have been playing together the last couple of years. But it’s our chemistry off the court that really helps us in games because we all get along so well together.
“I do think we have a shot at the conference title.”
Menosky earned all-conference second-team honors last season, collecting 655 assists while playing in a two-setter rotation with Brittney Bianco. She also had 216 digs and 47 aces.
Her performance last season highlighted another of her qualities: adaptability. In three seasons with the Pioneers, she has filled, essentially, three different roles.
As a freshman, she played libero, collecting 253 digs and 22 aces. In 2017, she was the lone setter in a 6-1 rotation and earned River States Conference first-team honors.
Now, she could face another role. Among the new players on the Pioneers roster is another setter, Maria Ferragonio, a transfer from Division I Eastern Kentucky. Bianco also returns.
Menosky understands, despite her status as a seasoned veteran, nothing is guaranteed. She said she welcomes the challenge and is concerned only with doing what’s best for the team.
“At the end of the day, I want to play, whether it’s playing setter or being a libero again,” she said. “It pushes you. I think (Maria) is going to be such a big asset to our team, but it definitely pushes me.”
With her upcoming season and her looming future in the “real world,” Menosky faces some uncertainties. One thing is sure, however: She wants to coach volleyball.
She works with SKY Development, a Green Tree-based organization of college athletes and ex-college athletes who coach youth sports programs. She also does private lessons at Cool Springs, an athletic complex in Bethel Park.
Her goal is to coach a club team over the winter.
But first, her final chapter as a volleyball player, a story that began when she was a fourth-grader. Menosky called facing the end of her competitive career “surreal” but plans on finishing with the same fervor with which she someday will build her “empire.”
“Every year, there have been things I have grown in and become more confident in myself,” she said. “Going into my last season, I feel the most confident I have ever been.”
Chuck Curti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .