St. George’s Independent School senior Roxanna Wood celebrated her intent to play volleyball for Elon University next year in a celebration on Dec. 10 attended by family, friends and school administrators.
During the celebration, St. George’s volleyball coach Emmy McClain described Wood as a “humble leader” not only at St. George’s but throughout the community.
“Roxanna is a role model to all the younger players and has an amazing ability to unite her teammates around a common goal,” she said. “I am inspired by Roxanna’s dedication and the way she sets goals for herself, her team, and her program and then commits herself to doing what it takes to reach those goals every single day on and off the court.
“Furthermore,” she continued, “Roxanna’s support for other athletes at St. George’s and fellow volleyball players from other schools around the city have made her a standout player and person to many in the area. She truly uses her passion and gift for volleyball to spread her light and I am so proud of her.”
Wood said she is “ready for the next chapter in life and at the same time appreciate the one I am in now.”
“I’m ready to do and see new things at college, but St. George’s will always be home,” Wood said. “St. George’s has helped me grow athletically, academically, and socially, allowing me to mature and gain confidence in my abilities. My teachers have been so supportive and pushed me to be the best I can be in all that I do as well as encouraged me to be a well rounded person. The school is such a nurturing and positive environment!”
Wood has set many records and won several awards during her volleyball career. This year she is a fifth-year starter for the Lady Gryphons.
She holds the St. George’s volleyball school record for kills in a match (27), kills in a season (594), career kills (1,691), career digs (1,553), and assists in a match (53). She has also been named the 2014 Region tournament MVP, was recently named a 2014 Best of Preps finalist, first team all region player, 2013 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps finalist, 2013 Division II TSWA All-State team, 2012 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps finalist, named to the American Volleyball Coaches Phenom List and was also a 2011 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps finalist.