October 13, 2021 – By NJP
Andrea Enabosi has been a force for the Piscataway Chiefs and continues to make a positive impact on her team and teammates. Andrea is thriving in her junior year after being an impact freshman for the Chiefs as well as as a breakout sophomore. The 5’9″ Chief is a versatile and athletic standout and has made it her business to drive Piscataway toward the top of the GMC.
Enabosi has been a fixture on the stat sheet, leading the Chiefs in kills and aces the last two seasons and dominating on the blocking front as a freshman at middle. Since transitioning to the outside, she has become a total team contributor. She has solid instincts, especially around the net, and can dominate games with her athleticism and power.
She will soon join the 100/100 club for the season with over 100 kills and 100 digs in one season. Andrea has already achieved 250 career kills and has the ability to reach 500 in her career if everything falls into place her senior year.
Andrea plays club volleyball at Core and is continually developing her skills and advancing her game. She is a leaper and can put the ball down with power and speed. She has improved her back row hitting and her defense during the transition.
We consider Andrea a player to watch as she enters her senior year next Fall. One more year of fine tuning and maturity will result in one spectacular player in the GMC.
Here is our interview with Ms. Enabosi…
Hi Andrea. Thanks for joining the NJP player interview club.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! I’m Andrea Enabosi. I attend Piscataway High School and lived in Piscataway my whole life. I live with my mother, father, and two sisters. My oldest sister goes to Rider and my middle sister goes to Hartford. I’m also in the class of 2023.
How long have you played volleyball and what inspired you to take up volleyball initially?
I’ve been playing volleyball since 8th grade. I first heard about the sport when my oldest sister tried out for high school volleyball. Little me was in awe with the game. I begged my mom to put me into programs and I fell in love with the sport ever since. Every conversation with me ends up with me talking about volleyball.
What are your metrics/details? Height, vertical, position, club team, etc. What is your favorite position to play?
I am a 5’9 Outside Hitter with a vertical of 9’5. This year, I’m playing on the 17 National team for Core Volleyball. My favorite position to play is outside hitter but I miss blocking in the middle.
Tell us about your Chief teammates. Who do you expect to be this year’s up and coming and standout players in the Fall?
This season, our Chief team has a lot of new players that are making their mark. Some of our strongest players are Sky Johnson, Olivia Willemsen, and Vanessa Freeman. We have a strong team this year, but our record does not reflect the level of commitment and talent my team possesses.
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?
I would like to continue playing volleyball in college. I am looking for a school that will offer me the right balance between academic, athletic, and college life. Some of the colleges I’ve been looking into are Felician, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Peters, NJCU, St. Francis, William Paterson, and Drew. I plan to major in Political Science and minor in Sociology. My dream is to work on Capitol Hill.
You have made an enormous impact your first two years as a freshman and sophomore and keep improving your current season as a junior. What are your goals for these remaining two years at Piscataway?
My goals for my last two years are to lead Piscataway to win the GMC conference for the first time, to continue to improve my skills, and inspire others to fall in love with this sport, the same way I did.
Tell us about your club volleyball experience for the CJ Heat this past year?
Last year was a challenging season. With the pandemic and high school in the spring, my club team did not complete as much compared to other years. However, I learned a lot from my teammates and coaches and wished them well. I started my volleyball career at CJ Heat and consider the club as the reason why I continue with this sport.
Tell us about the coaches or mentors that have positively influenced your volleyball career…
Coach Christina Galara from Core Volleyball has been so influential for my volleyball career. She broke the stigma that middles can’t pass and taught me how to serve a float. Another coach is Coach Sydney Martinez. If you ever see my highlight videos, you will see me do a roll when I dive. She taught me all of that. She is a compassionate coach and loves to see you improve.
Who motivates you?
My mom motivates me and everyone she comes in contact with. She is my biggest cheerleader in everything that I do. My success is also her success. She takes me to all my volleyball tournaments and all my practices. She loves saying how she enjoys the sport more than me. However, beware of after game discussions because she will say how she thinks.
What qualities make a teammate a good team captain?
Some qualities that make a good teammate a good team Captain are mental toughness, for yourself, and your team. You have to be the person who motivates your team in crucial situations. Leave the coaching to the coach and bring the energy on the court.
What mental tool do you use under pressure?
When I am under pressure and I’m about to serve (especially when it’s set point), I do my serve routine and I talk to myself when I do it. I say, “You’re good, you got this”. It may seem silly, but it really calms me down.