April 15, 2013
Gopher volleyball welcomes Sydney Howard to the roster after she transferred to Minnesota from South Dakota State. Here's Sydney's bio and a short question/answer session as she is in her first semester with the Golden Gopher program.
Prior to Minnesota: Played in 29 matches and 116 sets for South Dakota State in 2012 and named Summit League All-Freshman Team • Along with 88 kills, ranked second on the team in assists (484) and third in total blocks (91)With 88 kills, Howard ranked second on the team in assists (484) and third in total blocks (91)• redshirted 2011 season • played for Cedar Falls High School and was team captain in both her junior and senior seasons • named team MVP following the 2009 and 2010 seasons • started all 94 sets in her senior year, posting 751 set assists, 299 digs, 114 kills, 66 blocks and 26 services aces • first team all-state selection following her senior season • unanimous first team all-conference and first team all-district selection in each of the last two seasons and first team all-metro in each of the last three seasons • one of 32 seniors chosen to play in the 2010 Senior All-Star Game • ranks second in Cedar Falls High School history in career assists and career digs, and third all-time in blocks and services aces.
Personal: Graduated Cedar Falls High School in 2011 • born January 13, 1993 • daughter of Denise Overmohle • undecided on a major.
Gophersports.com: What was the decision to join the University of Minnesota and was it hard to leave South Dakota State?
Sydney Howard: My decision to join the University of Minnesota was because I wanted to be in a big city, and play on a team with a high level of competition. I looked at a couple other schools and Minnesota felt like the best fit for me. It was a little difficult leaving South Dakota State, but in the long run, I knew it was the best decision.
GS: How has your first semester been on campus and what has been the best part so far?
SH: My first semester on campus is going well. I'm getting adjusted to my classes, and the city lifestyle. My coaches and teammates have been awesome to me, which helped in my transition here at the University of Minnesota. The best part about being here is the overall atmosphere of the university, and the support for Gopher Athletics.
GS: You're in the middle of spring volleyball season now. How has it been going and what is the best part about playing here so far?
SH: Spring season has been going well. I like spring because it is the chance to really break down the fundamentals and work on doing the techniques the right way. The best part about being here in the spring is getting a chance to work with the coaches, and compete with my teammates.
GS: When you're not playing volleyball, what do you like to do?
SH: When I'm not playing volleyball I enjoy spending time with my family, and hanging out with friends. Love spending time at the lake during the summer!
GS: What is your major and what would you like to do once you're volleyball career is complete?
SH: I'm in the process of switching my major right now. Most likely will end up being business. I'm urrently undecided what I will do after my volleyball career is complete.
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