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Golden Knight Spotlight: Rachel Salasky

Golden Knight Spotlight is a student-athlete profile series run by Alexander Lawrence ’18 in coordination with Golden Knights Athletics staff. 


Rachel (10) and her four senior volleyball teammates Jen (1), Sammi (4), Erica (17), and Maryellen (8)

Rachel (10) and her four senior volleyball teammates Jen (1), Sammi (4), Erica (17), and Maryellen (8)

Rachel Salasky #10

Sport: Volleyball (Outside/ right side hitter)
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Class Year: 2017
Major: Communications (Journalism) and minor in Business Administration
Favorite study spot:
Hearst building
Favorite food: Blue crabs
One interesting fact about yourself: I have a birth mark on my leg that I can make vanish


What set SR apart from other schools: “The communications program here was something I really liked. I already knew what I wanted to do. The size of the school was great. I didn’t want to be just a number. I liked being able to build a relationship with my professors. I also really wanted to go to New York.”

Why SR Volleyball:
“The head coach, Brian Goodale was at one of my matches in Washington D.C. I reached out to him and called him and he told me he wanted to change my position from middle hitter. He moved me to outside and I was excited about the position change.”


Most memorable moment or game: “Senior year state semi-finals when I was 17-years-old. I blocked a shot on the right side. The score was 25-24 and if we lost we knew the match would be over. My block ended up winning us the set and we went on to win in 5. It was a game highlight of the year.”

How you got involved:
“I used to ride horses a lot. I was about 10 when I got a flyer about sports and I told my mom I wanted to try volleyball and I fell in love with it. My mom plays tennis, my dad golfs, and my sister plays Volleyball.”


Do you have a saying or motto you live by: “I like to think everything happens for a reason whether it be in sports or life.”


Where you draw your inspiration from: “My family. They’re always there for me and they are my number one fans.”


How do you prepare before a game: “I mentally prepare myself to go out there and perform to the best of my ability. I like to talk to my teammates before games and get excited for the game.”


What are you looking to accomplish this year: “I want to leave with no regrets. I want to have fun and do well. I want to be happy with my performance. I want the team to do well and I want to make the most of my last season.”


From left to right: Donna Salasky, Anna Salasky, Rachel Salasky, and Martin Salasky

From left to right: Donna Salasky, Anna Salasky, Rachel Salasky, and Martin Salasky


My Comments/ takeaway from the interview: Rachel Salasky is a fourth year student at The College of Saint Rose looking to finish out her last year at Saint Rose strong. She’s an active student-athlete who really enjoys broadcasting. During our interview I got to ask Salasky about her time on the volleyball team. “Our first year, the five of us seniors got to build a connection and it’s really helped us understand each other. Everyone contributes to the team very well. We’ve all come into our own and I think we have a strong group of players and a lot of talent. Once I’m gone it shouldn’t be a huge issue for them rebuilding,” Salasky said. “On the court, they’ve helped me build confidence and understand the game more. Off the court, I learned to build friendships with people I normally wouldn’t meet. We’re like a family,” Salasky said about her teammate’s impact on her. Rachel Salasky is a true competitor. It was nice getting to see genuine love for a sport she really enjoys. She’s embracing her last season and doing everything possible to make it a memorable one. She has a natural talent for the game and I wouldn’t worry about her leaving it all out on the court and take advantage of every chance she can. I would highly recommend going to their games to see the intensity of a college volleyball match. Good luck Saint Rose Volleyball!!! #GoGoldenKnights #GoldBlooded #GoldenKnightSpotlight

Team photo

Team photo


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