GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Foran's Rebekah DeRosa named New Haven Register Area MVP
Soft-spoken Foran setter Rebekah DeRosa didn’t shy away from the challenge of being a team captain.
The senior recorded 663 assists, 125 digs, 78 kills and 70 aces this season for the Lions and has been named the Register Area MVP in girls’ volleyball.
DeRosa said she likes a good challenge.
“It made me better as a leader,” she said. “Just trying to make sure all the girls were together and didn’t feel left out.”
DeRosa did all that playing as a setter for just the second season.
She was moved from libero to setter last season when 2011 New Haven Register Female Athlete of the Year Sage Esposito graduated.
DeRosa handled the move well, posted 590 assists as a junior and gave Foran coach Julie Johnson more confidence in DeRosa’s leadership skills.
“The setting position is like the quarterback position on the team,” Johnson said. “To have a senior setter like her, as a coach, it makes my job a lot easier.”
After DeRosa was named one the three senior captains, she chose to continue to lead by example.
“I led on the court,” DeRosa said. “I never gave up on the ball and I was positive, because every point counts.”
With DeRosa’s leadership, the Lions advanced to the Class M quarterfinals and finished the year 14-7.
“They didn’t have to worry about a set, (DeRosa) always took care of it,” Johnson said. “She set who she was supposed to set. Her teammates were confident that she would get them the ball.”
DeRosa also brings her team-first attitude to the softball and basketball teams, playing both sports at Foran.
In the classroom, DeRosa has been accepted to Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut State and the University of Hartford.
She said she is leaning towards Quinnipiac, but is waiting to hear back from a few other colleges like Eastern Connecticut State and Roger Williams.
DeRosa said if she goes to Quinnipiac, volleyball may not be in her future.
“Playing Division I, not that it would be too much of a commitment, but I don’t think I’m ready for that,” she said.
However, the senior said she is ready for a new challenge, and will major in child psychology in college.
“I like working with people and interacting with others,” she said.
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