Name: Tonya Jean J. Mokelki
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Position: Right-side Hitter, middle blocker
Random Interesting Fact: Tonya is only the third Canadian
athlete to join the volleyball team ever, along with teammate Becky
Sarauer and former defensive force Allison Peckham.
So you like watching CSU volleyball, eh? When it comes to
athleticism, Canada native Tonya Mokelki is withoat a doat a
stellar example of the future talent on the team.
Mokelki was formerly a five-sport athlete at her high school,
Weyburn Comprehensive in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Aside from making
Canada’s Junior National Team and being named 2003 Female Athlete
of the Year for her volleyball prowess, Mokelki played basketball,
badminton, baseball and competed in a wide variety of track and
Although she has only been here for a three months, Mokelki has
acclimated herself to life in the states and at CSU.
“I like it. There’s not a huge difference, I just get made fun
of for some words and how I pronounce things,” Mokelki said. “It’s
not anything drastic, and the winters are nicer here.”
At least she does not have to worry about designing her
Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit here. Mokelki plans to be
a referee for Halloween this year and is hoping that she will not
be celebrating the holiday in the middle of a blizzard, although it
is a possibility in Colorado.
When it comes to entertainment, Mokelki spends her Loonies and
Toonies (Canadian dollars and two-dollar pieces) on Nelly and Mase
compact discs. Her favorite song is “Turn Me On” by Kevin Lyttle,
and she is a big fan of the new thriller movie “Taking Lives.”
When she has a spare second away from volleyball practice and
her demanding, science-packed class schedule, Mokelki trades in her
runners (tennis shoes) for dancing boots.
“I go out with my friends. I like dancing if you haven’t noticed
from games when I’m always getting down,” Mokelki said. “The
Sundance is a big one, and the Suite (152).”
If Mokelki goes missing (disappears), you might find her
unwinding at home, reading “Cosmo” in her favorite article of
clothing-a specific pair of track pants (sweats).
In terms of style, Mokelki is thinking about getting a nose ring
in the near future. She also displays some loyalty for her
homelands with a pre-meditated tattoo design.
“I want to get a maple leaf with a volleyball in it,” Mokelki
When it comes to pet peeves, it takes a pretty big hoser (jerk)
to give Mokelki a skull cramp (headache).
“I’m a pretty relaxed person,” Mokelki said. “I don’t really
have a pet peeve.”
Mokelki describes herself as a competitive, animated and intense
player on the court. These attributes will serve her well as she
prepares for her life after CSU.
“If I go back to Canada, I would like to play on the National
Team. But if not, maybe I’ll go to Europe. If I don’t want to do
volleyball at all, I will try to get a job right away in forensic
science,” she said.
However, Mokelki still has a few clicks (kilometers) to traverse
as a CSU Ram, but it will be exciting to see her deking out
opponents on the court in the next few years…eh?