Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Vanessa Cota

Nov 20, 2015 1:51 PM by Ross Field

Los Molinos volleyball star Vanessa Cota is following in her family's footsteps.

"Most of my family is really athletic, they all went to Los Molinos and I wanted to play volleyball to carry on a family tradition," said Cota.

She started playing volleyball in the sixth grade, but her love for the sport took off in high school when she began playing setter.

"I started to like it a lot more because I got to touch the ball every play," said Cota.

Now the senior shines. Cota has 896 assists this season, good for second in the Northern Section and 17th in the state.

"She's the Five-Star League MVP," coach Chas Konopka said. "We have really good hitters and if you have good hitters you need to have a good setter to get them the ball, and she can get them the ball."

Cota's consistent play is a big reason why the Bulldogs went 27-17 overall and earned the top seed in the Division-Five playoffs before losing to Durham in the semifinals. Cota really enjoys setting.

"You get to set it up and watch everybody else hit, a good satisfying feeling I think," said Cota.

"She's the most unselfish person I've ever met, she doesn't worry about, 'oh I don't get a hit nobody recognizes me,' it's all about everybody else," said Rachel Rogers, outside hitter.

When Cota's not setting up her teammates on the court, she stays busy with an intense school schedule. She carries a 3.25 GPA while staying active in student government and several on campus clubs.

"I'm president of Block LM, vice president of ETC, FFA and purple and gold. I think I'm at school more than I am at home," Cota said with a smile.

She thinks it's important to be well-rounded, and at the next level she'd like to study kinesiology with hopes of becoming an athletic trainer.

"I love sports, I've always wanted to be around it and if I can do something that I can be around it then that is what I want to do," Cota said.

Vanessa Cota may have followed in her family's footsteps, but with all that she's accomplished on the court and in the classroom, she certainly stands out on her own.

That's why this Los Molinos Bulldog is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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