From the Bench: Chelsea Petska
Chelsea Petska is a highly involved member of campus along with a senior volleyball player
From the Bench: Chelsea Petska
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. – This week on From the Bench, GoCentenary.com sits down with volleyball player Chelsea Petska. The Collinsville, Texas, native is heading into her final season with the Maroon and White having played in all three prior seasons. Highly involved in campus life at Centenary, Petska has served as Panhellenic President and is a Maroon Jacket. She has also served as the volleyball team’s representative with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Pre-Health Honor Society. Last season, she played in 33 matches for the Ladies and totaled 299 digs which was second on the team.


Q: How did you get started in volleyball?

A: I started playing volleyball in fifth grade in a youth sports league with girls from my school. I think I was so excited to finally play volleyball because my mom had coached it when I was much younger.

Q: What was your first team's name?

A: The name of the first team I played on was “Steam.”

Q: What are some of your routines/superstitions on game day or during games?

A: I hate superstitions, but I have to admit that I do have one: I can’t watch a teammate serve because I feel like that will cause them to miss. As for routines, I do have a few. Before each game, either out loud or to myself, I say a prayer that I used to lead before games at my high school as well as led before my games at Centenary. (This is actually the tunnel prayer that the Nebraska Huskers say before football games.) Before I serve I drop the ball twice, bounce the ball a few times, and then spin it in my hands twice. If I’m on  a serving run I can’t adjust my headband or retie my shoes because I feel like it will throw me off. Before each serve receive I wipe the bottom of my shoes on my ankle braces, touch the ground with my hand, and give myself three basic things to accomplish or keep in mind during the next point.

Q: What is your favorite volleyball memory?

A: That’s a tough one. I’ve been blessed with so many great memories on and off the court thanks to volleyball. I’ll never forget the game in high school when we swept a top state ranked team to move ourselves into state rankings. I really enjoyed all of my junior year club season because it was my first year to play club volleyball. I played for Dallas Force under two phenomenal coaches, Brian and Shari Christenson. I learned so much that season, made lifelong friends, and made the decision that college volleyball was something that I really wanted to pursue. I think the most gratifying memory would be when I was honored with being named my high school’s MVP and Co-Offensive MVP for my district considering I was one of the absolute worst players on the first teams that I played on. This is why I have a heart for athletes who work hard and don’t just depend on their talent to help them succeed.

Q: If you could change one thing about volleyball, what would it be and why?

A: The things that tend to make volleyball frustrating are the things that make the sport what it is. What other sport do you have to win not by one point but two?! I think the only thing I wish I could change would be to remove some of the limitations on the libero so that they could more involved in the offense.

Q: I wear my uniform number because:

A: I wear my uniform number that I have now almost as a joke.. Let me explain. For those that don’t know me, I am NOT a NASCAR fan by any means. In high school my dad got a great deal on a Dale Earnhardt limited edition Monte Carlo complete with 3s on both sides of the car. So I got the car and the nicknames that came along with it like “Dale” and “The Intimidator.” I absolutely hated this at first, but I eventually decided to embrace it and changed my uniform number to #3 for my junior and senior seasons. (And no, I don’t race the car.)