Athlete of the Week: Jake Roessler

Photo courtesy of Jay Shelofsky.

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Fourth

Position: Middle Blocker

Major: Finance

Hometown: Massapequa, New York


How Did You First Start Playing Volleyball?

I first started playing volleyball in seventh grade. A couple of my friends had older siblings that played on the varsity team at my high school and they talked me into trying out for the team.

Outside Of Playing Volleyball, What Do You Like To Do?

Outside of volleyball, my life still pretty much revolves around sports. I enjoy playing or watching pretty much every sport, so I spend a lot of time with that. I also spend all of my free time with my teammates off the court when we aren’t playing volleyball.

Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?

In a volleyball sense, I would say some of my biggest role models are the seniors that were on the team when I came in as a freshman. When I committed to play volleyball at New Paltz, I didn’t really know what to expect. In my first season we won the first UVC championship in program history and made it to the program’s first NCAA tournament. I could see the excitement of all the seniors and the feeling of how special it was for us to be so successful in their final season of collegiate volleyball. It really inspired me to work my hardest to repeat that success for the rest of my career.

Are You A Fan Of Any Professional Teams?

Professional volleyball in the U.S. doesn’t really exist so there aren’t any teams to be a fan of. As far as other sports go I am a big New York Jets and New York Islanders fan. I try to go to as many games as I can every season.

Do You Have Any Sports-Related Superstitions?

I’m not really very superstitious. I have little things like the same playlist I listen to on the bus going to the game. I also have the same warm up I like to go through before I get on the court to play but that is really it.

What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?

My favorite sports memory is definitely winning the national championship last year. It was one of the most special moments in my life. It was a feeling that most people don’t really get to experience in their life. Being able to experience it with my teammates who have put in so much work for years to get to that moment made it even better.