FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The ultimate objective in volleyball is to score points and that is something that incoming Northern Arizona freshman Sydney Lema knows a thing or two about. Lema, out of Centennial High School, will head north to Flagstaff after two successful seasons in the Arizona valley bringing a powerful swing with her.
Lema was named her district's Player of the Year as well as First Team All-West Valley this past season as a high school senior after averaging 4.1 kills per set. The Peoria, Ariz. native not only piled up the kills, but she did it with extreme efficiency hitting .392 which ranked in the state among Division I players. She was the runner-up for West Valley Player of the Year and also showcased defensive strengths recording 240 digs and 40 blocks in her final season at Centennial.
Get to know Lema in the fourth weekly installment of NAU Volleyball's Summer Spotlight where nauathletics.com will introduce you to each of the incoming Lumberjacks for the 2016 season.
Q: What are you most excited about becoming a Lumberjack?
A: "I'm extremely excited to be a part of the volleyball program. NAU is such a great atmosphere and it feels like home, so I'm really excited."
Q: What is one thing that someone unfamiliar about volleyball would not know about the sport?
A: "Volleyball is a lot more technical than people think. The amount of reps it takes to get better is crazy."
Q: What is your favorite aspect of playing volleyball?
A: "I love everything about volleyball. I love every skill. I'm one of those players who loves to practice every day and play in as many games or tournaments as I can. I can even sit and watch sand or indoor all day. I just love how competitive it is."
Q: What are your personal goals or expectations during your first year at NAU?
A: "My goal is to learn as much as possible and work as hard as I can on the court and in the weight room. I want to play at a higher level than I've ever played before. I also want to have a good mindset as soon as I step foot on campus."
Q: If you could play any other position on the court, what would it be and why?
A: "If I could play any other position, I'd love to play libero because I love defense and passing. I've always wanted to be a libero, but my coaches have always said I was too tall. As an outside I still get to pass though."
Q: What is one fun fact about yourself that most people would not know about you?
A: "I used to race motorcross and I was a dancer until my freshman year of high school when I started to play volleyball more competitively."