By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore senior Elisa Delfino just started playing volleyball last year as a junior without initially knowing a lot about the game.
She learned quickly.
Elisa was selected late last month as an All Regional volleyball player for the 2020 season.
She led Dunmore to the Lackawanna League championship playoff match and District 2 Class 2A playoffs.
Daughter of Joe and Melissa Delfino, Dunmore, Elisa was a Lackawanna coaches’ first team all-star. She had 115 kills, 56 serving points with 18 aces, seven blocks and 11 digs.
In her career, she had 245 kills, 56 serving points with 18 aces, 13 blocks and 11 digs. This was her first All Regional selection.
Sue Dempsey is the volleyball coach at Dunmore. Trevor Holmes is the assistant.
“They taught me everything I know about volleyball,” said Elisa. “I didn’t even know there were only six players on the court. I came in as a junior not really knowing the rules of the game. They taught me the basics and it went from there.”
And her reaction to being selected All Regional as a senior?
“I am very thankful that I had the coaches who helped me get there,” she said.
“I really regret not starting playing volleyball sooner. I started as a junior and learned the game so fast. Volleyball is an easy game to pick up once you start playing on a regular basis. It is a lot of fun.”
The talented senior has a 94 academic average and is also a key member of the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team. She is a member of the French Club, Spanish Club, Earth Club, SADD and TACT at Dunmore. Her best subject is psychology.
The scholar-athlete has been selected as player of the game and player of the month for her volleyball skills.
Elisa said she would like to study business administration/marketing with a minor in psychology and continue her basketball career in college. Her sister Gianna was a standout basketball player for the Dunmore Lady Bucks. So basketball is in her blood.
She talked about her future goals. “It is going to be hard for me to stop playing sports. I want to play basketball and do well in college. I want to finish college, be successful and start a family. I will never stop playing sports. I love it too much. I will play in recreation leagues after college. I am pretty sure of that.”
Elisa said she likes listening to music in her spare time and would love to see Ariana Grande in concert.
A four-year member of the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team as a shooting guard and forward, Elisa is also a football cheerleader.
A middle hitter in volleyball, she talked about what it takes to excel in the sport. “It takes teamwork and commitment. That is the main thing. Then it all falls into place.”
The multi talented and versatile senior said her parents taught her a lot. “They always tell me to stick to things and keep trying. They tell me to not get discouraged when things do not work out.”
Elisa talked about the impact of COVID-19 on herself and classmates. “It has been hard on us, but at the same time has strengthened the team and bond we have together. It has brought us closer.
“It was tough on our basketball team last year. We were on a good roll in the playoffs and the season suddenly came to a halt. We were playing well as a team and thought we had a good chance of going all the way.”
Elisa said she is enjoying her Dunmore High School experience. “I really like Dunmore a lot,” she said. “It is a tight community. Everybody knows everybody. Dunmore is like one big family.”