Jessica Dembinski, North County, volleyball

Q&A --

November 08, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,Sun Reporter

Senior Jessica Dembinski is a three-sport standout for North County in volleyball, indoor track and softball. This fall, Dembinski, who has a 3.5 grade point average in the vo-tech program, has played a key role as a middle hitter for the rising Knights' volleyball team, which took a 12-3 record into the Class 4A East regionals this week. She was a county champion in the high jump last winter and she also is one of the top softball catchers in the area.

What has it been like playing on a volleyball team that could be the best the school has ever had?

It's been really fun, especially since this is my senior year, our last time together, and we're making history. We have improved so much the last couple years, mainly because of coach [Greg] March. He's a great coach, is very understanding and pushes us. He's the main reason for our success.

How tough is it to play three sports?

It gets pretty hectic because I also work and try to have a social and family life. I'm in the work-study program through vo-tech.

What do you do in work-study?

I work at the United States Coast Guard Yard as a sheet metal worker on ships. I love it. Carpentry is my main thing in vo-tech and is something I would like to do on the side after college.

What do you plan to major in?

I want to study meteorology. I was born in Oklahoma. My dad was in the military and I've lived in Pennsylvania and Germany. But when I was little in Oklahoma, I really liked watching the weather. I loved movies on tornadoes and have thought about being a tornado tracker. I've never seen an actual tornado, and want to see one. Texas A&M has a really good meteorology program.

What sport would you like to play in college?

I'm not sure which one and where I will go. I like all three sports I'm in, but I don't know which is the best. I get my athleticism from my dad, who was a very good athlete in Erie, Pa. I didn't start playing volleyball until high school when my friends got me into it and I was a second-team All-County catcher. In indoor track I do the high jump and long jump and was a county champion in the high jump.

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