My name is Sydney Jackwin, and I am a 6 rotation OH for the class of 2022. I've developed an inner love and unexplainable passion for the game of volleyball, which has allowed me to view every practice and competition as an "opportunity" vs an obligation. My grit and mental toughness help me maintain a focused mindset, determined to help my team win. Qualities I've learned a team must possess are: communication, heart, hustle, encouragement, and always having a selfless attitude. In order to be successful, these attributes have to come from within. I'm looking for a program where I will be challenged not solely in athletics, but equally in my academics too. I believe that my work ethic, determination, athleticism, willingness to be held accountable, and desire to get better every day/make my teammates better "on and off" the court...will allow me to make an immediate impact to my team and to the program!
I recently changed clubs and will be competing on OTVA's 18 Chad team (previously OT 17 Jason) for my final club season! Prior to that I was at St Pete Club, where I was a starting 6 rotation OH and Captain the past six club seasons.
I'm blessed to have recorded my 1000th Kill in Oct 2020, as well as honored to be named the FACA - 2A District 14 Player of the Year in Dec 2020! I've also been named to the following: Prep Volleyball's - Soph 79, Prep Dig FL's Top 2022 OH's, in addition to the 2020 AVCA Phenom Watch List (3 consecutive years in a row)!
I've started as a 6 rotation OH, since making the varsity team as an 8th grader at (Keswick Christian School), and this season will be my third consecutive year as Captain! My 2019 HS season I helped lead my team to a 23-5 overall record, despite falling a little short, losing in 5, in our Regional Final game. My 2020 HS season was cut short due to many covid-19 curveballs, which caused us to lose 8 of our 11 players (due to being quarantined), within 24 hours of our district final game. We concluded our season with a 16-6-1 record, losing in the Regional Quarter-Finals. My goal for my Senior season is to lead my team to a 2021 State title! To date, I have broken 8 school records: "Single Season" - Kills (449), Digs (310), Aces (95)...as well as..."Single Match" - Kills (34), Digs (30)...as well as "Career to Date" - Kills (1128), Digs (844), Aces (234). I've also continuously led my team in Kills, Digs, and Aces!
Off the "indoor" court, I also play competitive Beach Volleyball - finished 17th out of 141 teams in the 18's division, at the AVP East Coast Championships, Nov 2020. I returned back to the sand following my club season this summer & earned 2 USAV Bids and 2 AVP Bids (with 2 different 1st time partners) in June 2021 and July 2021. Additionally, I play Varsity Basketball for my school, and to date I've broken 2 school records: "Steals in a Game" - (21) and "Steals in a Season" - (180). In Dec 2020, I recorded my 1000th Point! Outside of sports I have been involved in Fine Arts, playing the Alto Saxophone for 7 years. Prior to covid I volunteered weekly at my home church in the nursery, working in the 3's & 4's class. I love working with younger kids and being a role model for them.
My goal for HS is to maintain and graduate with well over a 4.0 GPA. For College, Math and Science are the subjects that excite me, (so currently thinking...Biotechnology/Biomedical Engineering, and/or possibly something in the medical field). My long term goal is not just to compete at the collegiate level competitively while pursuing a degree; it's to ultimately, compete in the Olympics!
Thank you for taking time out to read my personal statement, I look forward to talking to you soon!!