Senior Transfer Leads Playoff Push


Posted Fri, Nov 2, 2012

Senior Outside Hitter Amy Wong racks up one of her nine kills against Chadron State University on Sept. 14 at the Auraria Event Center —Photo by Andy Schlichting

DENVER – As the volleyball season begins to come to an end, Metro State’s volleyball team is currently in a dogfight for playoff seeding.  One of those players who will be leading the way for the Roadrunners is senior outside hitter Amy Wong.

“Yeah the tournament is definitely something that we’ve talked about,” says Wong. “Just what games we need to win to put ourselves in a position to make the tournament and where we would be seeded if we do.”

The Roadrunners are currently 15-8 overall, which places them fifth in the East Division of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Metro has gotten this far by relying heavily on Wong from the outside position and has put up some solid numbers ranking third on the team in kills with 179 and second on the team in digs with 191.

“For the team it really hasn’t gone the way we planned it to,” says Wong.  “We’ve taken some unexpected losses, but we’re still in it.  We’re only halfway through conference play, we have some really exciting matches coming up and some of them we get to play at home so that’s always a plus side.”

While this may be her first season here at Metro and her first at this level of competition, volleyball head coach Debbie Hendricks says that Wong still understands what is important at this point in the season.

“The tricky part for Amy is that she hasn’t been at this level, she hasn’t been in the RMAC, so there is a little bit of an unknown for her, but she knows exactly what it means to be a competitor,” Hendricks explains. “ She knows exactly what it means to be peaking at the right time, and winning the matches that are going to get us to the playoffs, and help us be successful in the playoffs.”

Though despite all her knowledge, there were still things that Wong didn’t know.  Luckily Coach Hendricks was there to help her along the way.

“I think that what Coach Hendricks has brought is a lot of experience, she’s been in this position before, she’s had teams that maybe had taken some losses early on and have still manages to be successful and achieve everything they’ve wanted,” Wong says.  “Personally she’s been a huge help. This is my first year playing outside, so to have someone sit down and say, ‘You don’t know it all, it’s ok that you’re not perfect, just continue to get better at what you’re doing,” that’s been huge.

Wong has been somewhat of a journeyman in her collegiate career.  She started at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. where she redshirted as a freshman for volleyball before then transferring to University of New Mexico.

“I learned that Richmond was not for me, and it only took six months to do that,” Wong says. “I had two very good friends at University of New Mexico and that’s one of the reasons why I went there, they had a great volleyball program, and it felt more at home being in the desert, close to Arizona.”

Wong graduated from UNM with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and now has come to Metro State to continue her Master’s degree in accounting.

“I would like to work for the FBI and be a special agent.  My concentration is forensic accounting,” Wong said.

The Arizona native brings all her experience to a much-needed Roadrunner team that lost six seniors after last season.  Wong comes to Denver in a rare situation as a senior transfer, having to quickly become a team leader with her brand new teammates.

Amy Wong is all smiles as her team heads towards the RMAC tournament — Photo by Metro State Broadcast Network

“My first impression of Amy was that she was super intimidating,” says teammate and fellow senior Vanessa Gemignani.  “She has a strong personality just like a lot of the girls on our team but I think she’s intimidating because of all the experience and she just knows so much and is just a go-getter in everything. She’s very get after it on the court and just an aggressive mentality.”

“Amy always has the right perspective on things, there is a lot of value to what she says,” Hendricks says. “When she addresses the team she has a depth and majority, like an insight for what it takes to be successful, even though she hasn’t been a part of our program that long she still has been a part of successful athletic programs so she gets it.”

With that knowledge, paired with her 5 years of collegiate volleyball experience and her leadership qualities both on and off the court, Wong has her team primed and ready for a deep tournament run.


About Kevin Hall

I am currently a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver studying Broadcast Journalism. I am the Executive Sports Producer at Metro's news station, "The Met Report" and am also one of the Executive Producers for the Metro State Broadcast Network which covers everything Metro Sports. Sports is my life and my passion always has been and always will be.

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5 Responses to “Senior Transfer Leads Playoff Push”

  1. Antoinette Says:

    Great article Kevin not only did you give a great details put when reading this I felt as if I was in the audience watching the game from the stands and talking to Amy Wong myslef. great job


  2. Scott Corbridge Says:

    Nice story Kevin. You did a good job informing the reader of what was going on made them feel a part of the action.


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  3. Ashley King Says:

    This article was great. It really told the story about Amy well, but it also represented the volleyball team well. This article was informative, and I learned quite a bit.


  4. Spencer Hunt Says:

    Well written, you’re quotes were placed excellently. It was also very informative about the dynamics of the female volleyball team half-way through the season


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