PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Christian University women’s volleyball Jennifer Denham has signed outside hitter Sydney Smith to play volleyball for the Firestorm in the 2013-14 academic year. Smith is a 2013 graduate of Sacred Heart High School.
Smith won a plethora of awards during her senior season at Sacred Heart, including All-State first team, All-Region first team, All-District first team and All-Conference first team and Academic All-State and All-Conference.
She led Sacred Heart to two State quarterfinal appearances and two District and two conference championships during her career. She totaled 426 kills, 51 blocks, 225 digs, 70 service aces, 119 set assists while setting in just a handful of matches during her career, and 606 successful service receptions in 642 total attempts. She compiled an outstanding career .374 kill percentage.
Coach Denham graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 2002, where she also played volleyball, and later served as assistant coach under Sacred Heart head coach David Fall from 2004-08. Fall and Denham guided Sacred Heart to back-to-back Missouri state championships in 2007 and 2008, and a combined record of 139-28-12 in their five-season collaboration. The Sacred Heart program produced eight All-State, 19 All-District, 18 All-Central Region and 18 All-Conference players and 41 Academic All-Conference and 42 Academic All-State selections during Denham’s tenure as assistant coach.
Coach Denham commented, “I am very excited to have Sydney join the ACU family. I have been able to watch her develop over the past few years and have always been impressed.”
In the photo: Dr. Mark Register, Administrator, Sacred Heart H.S., Sedalia, Mo.); Jennifer Denham (Arizona Christian head volleyball coach); David Fall (Sacred Heart H.S. volleyball coach). (Front Row, Left to Right): Brian Smith (father of recruit); Sydney Smith (recruit); and Robbie McAllister (mother of recruit). Photo submitted.