August 16, 2021 – By NJP
Cherry Hill East is coming off an outstanding Spring season and has much to look forward to as we jump right back into the Fall schedule. No doubt they took their hits, losing 5 starting varsity players to graduation, but players like Victoria Radzinska will ensure the team keeps up its winning ways.
Victoria smashed a team leading 70 kills while adding 5 blocks, 32 digs and 16 aces during the COVID shortened spring season. CHE finished at 10-4 with two losses coming to Olympic conference rival Cherokee, who eventually ended their playoff run in the south, section 4, sectional semi-final. The Olympic is expected to again host some of NJ’s best girls’ volleyball teams with CHE, Paul VI, Shawnee, Washington Township, Camden Catholic, and Cherokee all battling for top honors. They are all teams in NJP’s top 50 preseason ranking.
We expect number 13 to be frequently set this fall on the Cougar attack. Radzinska can be a “difference-maker” for the Cougars. She has a compact swing that generates power and speed. Tori uses the entire opposing court to place her kills. She can drop in a tip, hit line, or go right at a blocker to create points. She continues to build her defensive skills on the back line and continues to gain confidence in her passing and serve receive.
Tori has the complete package as she enters her senior year. It will be a final campaign that will show off her athletic skills as well as her leadership and passion for the game. It will be fun to watch.
Her is our interview with Ms. Radzinska…
Hello Tori? Thanks for joining the NJP player interview club. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an incoming senior this year at Cherry Hill High School East, and I will be graduating with the Class of 2022. I currently live in Cherry Hill with my parents, younger brother and our dog. My family comes from Poland, I was born there and came to the US with my parents at age 4. We still have a lot of family that live in Poland.
How long have you played volleyball and what inspired you to take up volleyball initially?
I have played volleyball for about 6 years now. It all started when I went to one of my friends’ volleyball tournaments in Philly. I went home that day and found the club that was near me, which happens to be the club I play for to this day, Jersey Juniors (formally known as CHVBC). I started off with the youth programs and fell in love with the sport. I ended up quitting swimming once I began playing on the club teams and it was one of the best decisions I have made.
What are your metrics/details? Height, vertical, position, club team, etc. What is your favorite position to play?
I am 5’7 with a vertical of 9’2. My position is primarily outside hitter however I do also play left back defense. Ever since the beginning of my volleyball career I have played for Jersey Juniors/CHVBC. My favorite position to play would definitely be as an Outside Hitter.
Tell us about your Cougar teammates. Who do you expect to be this year’s standout players in the Fall?
Without a doubt, I would call my team a second family. We have a very close bond as a team. We spend countless hours in the gym together and also hang out outside of the gym. In my opinion I think the standout player this Fall will be Gabbie Hart. Gabbie began playing volleyball her freshman year and she has grown tremendously as a player since then. She puts in so much time and effort and I feel like she will have a very strong season.
NJP considers you as one of the top players in the state. Do you plan on playing in college? If so, which ones are you looking at? What do you plan to study in college or what is your career path?
Yes, I do plan on playing volleyball in college. I am in contact with several colleges, but I still am unsure where exactly I would want to play. I also am still deciding on my career path, but it will most likely be something to do with Business.
You led your team in kills this Spring as a junior with 70. What are your goals for your last year at CHE?
My junior year season was definitely my best season by far. My senior year I plan on working even harder on the court and also off the court by putting in time at the gym. My goal for this last high school season is to continue working on controlling the ball when hitting and also to improve on the defensive side.
This Spring, Cherry Hill East finished 10-4 with their only losses to Top 20 teams Shawnee (Sectional winner), Cherokee (Sectional finalist), and Southern (Sectional winner). NJP has the Cougars at #18 in our preseason analysis. Do you think the team can win the Olympic Conference this fall?
I think we have a very strong team this year and if we all put in the hard work that is needed, we can definitely win the Olympic conference this fall.
Tell us about your club experience at CHVBC/Jersey Juniors?
My club experience at CHVBC/Jersey Juniors has been great. When I first started my volleyball career at age 12, I had no clue what position I would be good for. When I first became an outside, jumping was my biggest issue. My coaches were the ones to push me and made me work hard to build a vertical and I am, to this day, very thankful for them. Throughout the years, the coaches have helped me become the player that I am today, and I definitely could not have done it without them.
Who motivates you?
There are two people who motivate me most, my mom and my dad. I have had many breakdowns after games because I felt I didn’t play my best, but my parents were always there by my side picking me up. They are always giving me words of encouragement, but they are also tough on me when needed. They motivate me to be the best player and teammate I can be.
What is your favorite place to compete?
My favorite place to compete during the high school season would definitely be our home gym. We practice on it every day and when we play at home, it brings me some sort of comfort that it’s our gym because I know exactly where I need to be and anything that could affect our game play.
What mental tool do you use under pressure?
When under pressure, what works for me best is just focusing on myself. I know what my teammates are capable of, and I know they will do exactly what is needed. I try to focus on the basics of the game and try not to do some crazy things with the ball which could in the end hurt my team.