Volleyball Sensation Rebecca Choron Selected Lions Club Athlete of the Month

Rye High School senior Rebecca Choron has been selected as October’s Lions Club Athlete of the Month. The honor comes on the heels of another outstanding season for the ferocious volleyball star.

“Volleyball has shaped me as a person,” said Choron of her beloved sport. “I’ve learned how to be a team player, motivate others, and deal with both success and failure. It has taught me discipline and accountability, and – most of all – it has added great friends to my life.”

Rebecca Choron

Choron, who served as co-captain of the Garnets this season, began playing volleyball in the seventh grade and quickly transformed into a force to be reckoned with. She was asked to play on the varsity in her freshman year at RHS, and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup as middle blocker. Choron is also the only Garnet who plays on the national level. She has served as starting middle blocker for the Downstate National team since the 9th grade as well.

At Rye, Choron has the record for hits and kills, and is widely known as one of the best hitters in all of Westchester. Tim Tolve, the Garnets’ head coach, calls her one of the best to ever play the sport at Rye, and cites her dedication and willingness to travel with Downstate and compete against nationally-ranked teams as reasons why. Choron averaged 11 kills per game in 2009, and was ranked No. 7 in the county for both total kills and aces.

“I started playing because I loved the middle blocker position,” said Choron. “There is nothing better than using all your power when making a kill at the net, and blocking against an opponent who is trying to do the same only inches away from you.”

Choron comes from a long line of impressive Rye athletes. Her sisters, Rachel and Deborah, played field hockey, soccer and track for the Garnets and her father, Greg – whom she says was her “biggest role model athletically” – was twice All-League, All-Section, and Honorable Mention All-American in soccer during the 70s for RHS. Her father held the goal-scoring record for the Garnets until her uncle, current Rye Neck girls’ coach Doug Choron, came along to break it. Not to be left out, her mother was the captain of the cheerleading squad at Holy Child and Fordham Prep.

The Rye senior recently found out she was named to the 2009 All-Section team. She was also tabbed All-League for a third straight year. In addition, Choron has won three All-Tournament awards at Rye, and was an All-Section Honorable Mention in 2008. For her efforts this season, Choron was asked to play in the H.V.V.C.A. Exceptional Senior Volleyball Game November 21 at North Rockland High School.

Outside of volleyball, Choron has taken dance lessons – both modern and jazz – for her entire life. She is part of the Rye High Dance Ensemble that choreographs and performs for Rye, and takes additional classes at Dance Cavise in Mamaroneck.

Regarding college, the talented senior is considering her options.

“There are a number of schools and coaches that have impressed me and that I would feel at home with,” said Choron. “On the other hand, after a high school career of year-round club volleyball at such an intense level, it may be time to put my energy into new things. I am still deciding.”

When it comes to life after college, Choron has a clear vision of work in the public relations field while living in New York City.

– Melanie Cane


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