It wasn’t an easy start to Sydnie Adams’ senior year.
Staci Prellwitz had taken over for Sandy Voss as head coach of Shelby-Rising City’s volleyball team, but was forced to resign because of health issues, and Voss had to take over as coach again.
“It was hectic with all the changes, but I thought it went pretty well with how it started,” Adams said.
The team started the season 0-6 while trying to stay together through the turmoil. The Huskies were nearly a .500 team the rest of the way, going 11-14.
Adams had a big season, accumulating 273 kills and 102 total blocks, far and away the best on the team in both categories.
But she’s always had basketball in the back of her mind.
“I’ve pushed myself harder to try and work on basketball between seasons instead of just during it,” Adams said.
Coming off a junior season in which she led the team with 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, her focus has been on the defensive end.
Adams averaged better than a steal and a block per game last season, but she isn’t concerned with those stats. Sure, she hopes to improve, but she just wants to become a better all-around defender.
“It’s more of a focus on my overall post defense, minimizing the amount of plays opposing players make against me,” Adams said.
Though she’s been working to improve her defense, she wants to keep her efficiency on offense, as well.
“I want to shoot above 50 percent from the field and above 70 percent from the free-throw line,” Adams said.
That’s something she did a season ago, making 52 percent of her field-goal attempts and shooting 71 percent at the line.
The 6-foot senior also has a new role this season.
“In previous years, I’ve always had older girls that have been in my position now,” she said. “I’ve been able to look up to them, but now, I have to be the one who is setting the example and teaching the younger players how to play.”
And she’s going to use her Telegram Super Senior status as an example for those younger players.
“It’s something that’s really cool to be able to say that I am one,” Adams said. “I feel like it’s something I can show the younger girls that it’s something you can strive for.”
— Kollin Miller