Rutherford HS

RUTHERFORD – Ally Paskas said the move to play in two different sports at Wilkes University has turned out to be the right move.

The incoming junior, who graduated from Rutherford High School in 2013, said that playing in both softball and volleyball at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been the right decision.

“It’s been great because it helps me be organized,” said Ally who has a brother Michael at Wilkes who is captain on the Colonials football team. “I think I do better with a busy schedule. Some say when they are not playing sports that can put off their work.”

Ally is looking for a big season this fall in women’s volleyball and also in the spring for softball with a new head coach.

Wilkes University head women’s volleyball coach Joe Czopek said that Ally, an outside hitter, has been a contributor on and off the floor.

“Ally has been a positive influence to our Women’s Volleyball program from day one,” said Czopek. “She leads by example, a true team first type of athlete who has great natural athletic ability. Ally is dedicated to her training regiment, and is a team leader both in practice and during competitions as well as outside the gym, which has earned her the title of a team captain for 2015. Best of all, she sets her goals higher and continues to develop her skills each season to reach them.”

Ally has been one of the Lady Colonials’ top offensive threats on the volleyball hard floor. Last season she collected 246 kills and 37 assists along with 28 service aces and 271 digs.

For next season Ally knows that the goal is to knock off rival and volleyball powerhouse Eastern University.

In softball, Ally continues to roam the outfield like she did in her days at Rutherford. She improved during her sophomore season and hit .300 overall with three home runs and 24 RBIs to go along with four doubles and two triples.


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