West Fargo Volleyball’s Chwialkowski sisters play final matches together
Nadia to play Texas A&M Corpus Cristi; Reina completes her first year of university in eighth grade
WEST FARGO, ND – As West Fargo volleyball saw its season come to a close in the state tournament semi-finals, two sisters, Nadia and Reina Chwailkowski helped find the Packers’ success this season by winning the EDC and were seeded number one. Their older sister, Darian plays in North Dakota and Nadia played her final season while Reina is just starting to play in college as an eighth grader.
“We’ve always been a big volleyball family. When my sister was playing, we would watch her all the time and we would always play in our garden, ”Nadia said. “To have my little sister with me, everyone asks me, ‘Oh, how’s that? I love it. I wouldn’t want anyone else to be in the last row with me.
“It’s something really special. I think a lot of athletes in other programs aren’t that lucky to have that, ”said head coach Kelsey Gibbons. “Reina may be young, but she’s been playing the game forever. Having an older sister allowed her to be in the gym a lot. The chemistry and the communication they have in the field. They trust each other. They want to play for each other. They both know what success looks like.
It’s not hard to see how much of an impact Reina has had on Nadia’s senior season. Chwialkowski hit 1,000 kills, was conference player of the year and signed her national letter of intent to play division one volleyball at Texas A&M Corpus Cristi.
“I’m just trying to figure it all out now by putting the university in the future and just focusing on the present, but our performance is helping me a lot right now,” Nadia said.
“She’s obviously a very gifted athlete, but what’s more, what makes her so special is that she’s an incredible teammate and leader,” said Gibbons. “She puts others before her and when you’re a talented person it can sometimes be overshadowed. This is what is unique about Nadia. It’s not about Nadia. It’s about his teammates.
It’s that mentality, according to head coach Kelsey Gibbons, that will make her perform even better at the next level.