The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball team boats a host of new faces in 2011, but two of their newcomers are more than just your average freshmen navigating through college life.  Ma Sacorro-Calleja and Christina Trunzo-Mosleh are anything but conventional.  The pair are both mothers of three children, balancing their family commitments and a return to the classroom with full-time jobs and the vigorous practice and play regimen of the intercollegiate volleyball season.  This past week, the dynamic duo was spotlighted on NY1 News, telling their unique story of their return to the hardwood.  The segment was covered by NY1 correspondent Jon Weinstein and is available by clicking here.

Socorro-Calleja and Trunzo-Mosleh are anchors on a new look CSI team under the guidance of new Head Coach Atef Dosse.  The pair have had an immediate impact on the team as well.  Socorro-Calleja leads the squad in a host of offensive categories including kills (73), total attacks (226), an attack percentage (.150) while placing second in service aces with 24 and defensive digs with 81.  Trunzo-Mosleh has appeared in 21 games, tied for sixth on the squad in kills (13) and ninth in digs (16).

The numbers pale in comparison to the duo’s exploits in the classroom and beyond.  Both are exceptional students and are termed scholar-athletes, with Trunzo-Mosleh boasting an over 3.40 GPA.  Socorro-Calleja is an overnight nursing home attendant, while Trunzo-Mosleh has gained a career as a sign language interpreter.  Check out their full unique story on NY1.