The Last Fox Standing
Florida A&M (11-6, 7-0 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T (5-21, 4-2 MEAC); Bethune-Cookman (6-22, 5-2 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T
Date: November 1, 2013; November 3, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.; 1 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gymnasium
Webstream: www.ncataggies.com on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
GREENSBORO – Senior Chelsea Fox, a dedicated four-year member of the North Carolina A&T volleyball team has witnessed the highs and lows of being a student-athlete. When the Parker, Colo., native arrived to A&T in 2010, she was joined by seven other freshmen. She thought she and her classmates were going to share the experience of being a college student and a Division I athlete together.
However, after A&T named Hal Clifton the new head coach in 2011, a rebuilding phase took place in the program. Members of the 2010 recruiting class began to slowly fade.
“It’s been hard being the only one left,” Fox said. “However I think that makes me a good example for my teammates that are here now because it shows how committed I was to the program. You can’t give up. You have to truly love it to stick around.”
Her perseverance means she will be the only player honored on Senior Day when the Aggies face Bethune-Cookman, 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2 at Moore Gymnasium. Fox’s devotion for the Aggies is evident as she was a hitter during a freshman season but quickly adapted as a setter in 2011. She has been successful in that position in the last two seasons, leading the team in assists (613) in 2012. In her sophomore season, Fox recorded 449 assists and was named the 2011 A&T Volleyball Most Improved Player.
During her tenure at A&T, Fox has registered 1, 273 assists, appeared in 111 matches, recorded 326 digs, tallied 74 blocks, and 49 service aces.
"She’s done really well for the program,” Clifton said. “She stuck through a lot of things most people weren’t able to do. She came here with the mindset of working hard and rebuilding the program. She stepped up when we didn’t have a setter. She’s done a fantastic job over the last three years. She has a lot to be proud of.”
Fox’s commitment as a student-athlete is also revealed through her academics. She has been a member of the last two MEAC All-Academic teams and she is a three-time A&T scholar athlete. Fox is a nursing major and will graduate in May 2014 with plans on becoming a registered nurse.
Throughout her career, Fox’s versatility has allowed her to contribute to the Aggies. Even though they haven’t seen the success that they’ve wanted, it seems that the Aggies are headed back in the right direction and Fox’s efforts have allowed that to happen. A&T has not been to the MEAC Tournament since 2007, which was also the last year that it posted a winning record in the MEAC. This season the Aggies are third in the MEAC’s Southern Division and have put themselves in position to earn a seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
“I want to be a champion,” Fox said. “I want all of us to be champions and win the tournament. Even if that doesn’t happen I still want us to go all out and be great.”