Charlie Siragusa, considered one of the area’s best high school volleyball players last year in a vote by coaches, was at the front of two victories by McQuaid.
A hitter in his senior year, Siragusa finished with 15 kills and digs during a win in three games over Fairport, another contender for the Section V Class A championship. McQuaid also defeated Gates Chili in five games this week, as Siragusa contributed 12 kills and five blocks.
The 2015 Democrat & Chronicle All-Greater Rochester team member is 6-feet 8-inches tall, about 225 pounds, and he has verbally committed to play at Division I Brigham Young University. A three-time NCAA champion since 1999, BYU reached the 2016 final this past spring.
“I’m actually not affiliated with the Latter-Day Saints Church , but it’s probably the best volleyball program in the country, in terms of it actually generates revenue,” Siragusa said. “I wanted to play for the coaches at that school, I think they like to have players with my style.”
The Knights, Division I state champions four of the past six seasons, are 10-2. One of those losses was to undefeated Penfield.
“This year, for us, has been a little different than the past few years because I don’t think we’re viewed as the top team right now,” Siragusa said. “That’s different for us, but it’s also good because it allows us to not have as big of a target on our back and it allows us to be the underdog for once.”
School/year: McQuaid Jesuit/senior.
Sport/positions: Outside and right-side hitter.
Coach speak: “Tremendously effective,” McQuaid’s Christopher Parks said. “Tremendously efficient because he fits the title student-athlete, he’s a student of the game as well. He’s constantly breaking down his game and how it fits the team model that we have and how it fits the team offense and defense we’re trying to run.”
Academic: 98 average. “I think I want to do something in the BYU business school.
People would be surprised to know that: “I study Mandarin Chinese.”