Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 7:25pm Concord's Panchak - WDEL Female HS Athlete of the Week
By Sean Greene
VIDEO: Interview with Emily Panchak
Concord middle blocker Emily Panchak is this week's WDEL M&T Bank Female High School Athlete of the Week.
The junior recorded 15 kills and 14 blocks in a key conference victory over A.I. duPont last Wednesday.
Emily is in her third year starting with Concord, and says her biggest improvement has been in a skill not measured in kills or digs.
"Definitely my confidence. As a freshman being on varsity, it's very intimidating. You don't know what to say or when to say something. As you get older the more you get to know more skill wise, but my confidence has definitely increased."
Emily keeps a busy sports schedule, playing club volleyball along with basketball and soccer for the Raiders. How do the other sports help her on the volleyball court?
"In basketball, jumping for rebounding, and hitting I use my legs to get high off the ground. In soccer, I use my legs a lot to kick and throw-ins help my arms."
Emily had a scary moment last year during soccer season where she suffered a concussion, and learned how damaging they can be.
"I wanted to right back in. That's everyone's main instinct to go back in the game and help your team. Once I realized I couldn't remember (the incident), when she asked 'when did we leave school?' and I couldn't remember it really freaked me out. Of course I started crying because everyone's going to be freaked out."
What's her advice to someone who suffers a concussion?
"Don't go right back in, you don't want to prolong an injury."
Thankfully Emily is feeling well and hopes to lead the Raiders back to the Final Four this season.