Goals are always set high for St. John’s University’s volleyball. Currently 5-2 after last weekend’s Albany Invitational, middle blocker Danisha Moss is excited for the season ahead.
Volleyball wasn’t originally on Moss’ radar, she ran track, but as a teenager she was recruited by a club coach. Initially, she felt she didn’t have the necessary hand-eye coordination, but after giving the sport a try, she found her destiny. At 6-foot-3, she caught the eye of college recruiters, eventually deciding on St. John’s.
“I felt St. John’s was my best fit,” said Moss, who grew up in Toronto, Canada, and whose family is originally from Jamaica. The proximity of the St. John’s campus to an area with a significant West Indian population makes her feel at home.
“A middle blocker’s position is to mainly be the captain of the net,” said Moss, who recorded four kills in the Red Storm’s win over Colgate. “I call all the net plays for blocking. Practicing and training, my confidence has grown [at St. John’s] with my skill level. Right now, I feel I’m at my best, but I have a lot of room to grow.”
Women’s volleyball is a fall sport, so the athletes must be on campus by the first week of August. As an undergraduate, Moss used the time before the fall semester to begin preparation for her courses, knowing she’d miss some classes because of competition. Currently a graduate student studying international communications, her evening classes allow her flexibility during the day to focus on training and practice.
Moss trained and played with the Jamaican women’s national volleyball team over the summer. A couple of the players told her about professional opportunities internationally, and after her collegiate competitive days are over, she will check them out.
For now, her energies are focused on this volleyball season. She serves as a mentor and motivator for the younger players and does her utmost to bring the team together.
“I’m really hoping that this year we can come together as a team and actually make it to the Big East [Tournament]. That’s the hope for me, my teammates and our coaches,” said Moss. “We want to work hard, play hard and win. It’s my last year, and I want to help my team to do that.”