WESTFIELD, Mass. – On the heels of the announcement that Westfield State junior field hockey player Abby Chernick would play in the 2019 European Maccabi games, comes news that Westfield State volleyball alumna Lindsay Rescott '14 will be a member of the US team for the 2019 Pan Am Maccabi games in Mexico City.
Rescott, who currently serves as an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at Endicott College, had originally sought to play in the 2017 Maccabiah World games and was selected to the U.S. team, but ultimately had an injury that prevented her from being able to play.
When the opportunity to play in the Pan Am Maccabi games arose, she submitted her stats from her playing days at Westfield State.
"Coaching, and knowing what I know about stats now, I thought, hey, I might have a shot," said Rescott, who was a first-team All-MASCAC selection during her senior year at Westfield, when she helped lead the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance. She was a second-team All-MASCAC pick as a junior and ranks among the Owls all-time leaders in kills.
"I think it's a very cool opportunity as a young, Jewish female to be involved with this organization, and to have a chance to represent the USA at a high level as a Jewish athlete," she said.
"I believe its 22 countries, mostly Latin American teams, plus the US and Australia," said Rescott of the Pan American Maccabi games. "The US team has 428 athletes, on the open and junior teams combined, and there will be more than 3,500 athletes total at the games."
Rescott has been playing in a high-level USA Volleyball league and working out in the gym in preparation for the games.
"I'm learning more coaching each year, and coaching the men's team is a different world," said Rescott, a native of Northport, N.Y., who transferred to Westfield State after a season at Nassau Community College. "My knowledge of the game has increased over the years."
Rescott was a Movement Science major at Westfield and earned her Master's in Education at Westfield as well.
"I'm hoping there are broadcasts of some of the games," added Rescott, who teaches health and physical education in Danvers, Mass. "The students I teach say that they want to see me play."
The games run from July 5-15 in Mexico City.
"I was hoping to do some volunteer work while we were there, and I just learned we are going to have the chance to visit a children's hospital and get involved with some other activities, so it will be nice to have a chance to give back while we are there."