University of Minnesota Crookston and Times report
The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team has announced the signing of Sydney Labatte (OH/RS, 5-9, Cold, Mont./Williston State College (ND) to a national LOI. Labatte is the Golden Eagles’ third signing for the 2022 class joining Audrey Cariveau (OH, 5-9, Kevil, Ky./Graves County HS) and Makenna Frazier (OH, 5-8, Nevis, Minn./Nevis HS) as as incoming student-athletes for Minnesota Crookston Volleyball.
“We are very pleased to add an athlete of Sydney’s caliber to our team, with her experience and athletic background she will add a lot to our program,” said head coach Sarah Morgan. “We can’t wait to see the impact she will have on the field and on campus, and we are thrilled to see her in a Golden Eagle uniform.”
Labatte averaged 1.54 kills and 0.66 blocks per set for Williston State College during the 2021 season. She hit 0.168 and also averaged 0.35 digs per set. Labatte had nine kills against North Dakota State College of Science, had five blocks against Bismarck State College and Lake Region State College, and had four blocks four times during the 2021 season. Labatte had eight kills against Dakota College in Bottineau, Northeast Community College and Bismarck State College.
As a freshman, she notched 1.73 wins and 0.35 blocks per set for the Tetons. Labatte had 10 kills against Dakota College in Bottineau on February 16-17, 2021. She had 13 kills at Lake Region State College on March 2, 2021. Labatte also played basketball for Williston State College. As a sophomore, she averaged 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and shot 47.1 percent from the field.
In 2018 and 2019, Labatte was named the District 1C All-State First-Team Pick for Volleyball and was a First-Team All-Conference selection. Labatte earned Academic All-Conference at Williston State College.
She is the daughter of Laura and Grant Labatte and her sister, Haley, played varsity volleyball at Williston State College.
Labatte is the first junior college to sign for the Golden Eagles in the current recruiting cycle. She joins the outside hitter and right side hitter positions for Minnesota Crookston.
Minnesota Crookston is looking to build on a 1-24 mark in 2022. The Golden Eagles had a young roster in 2021 and will be looking to move forward with a strong core of nine returning players. Labatte, Cariveau and Frazier will help Minnesota Crookston bolster their squad and replace graduating seniors Lauren Wallace and Bailey Mulcahy.
The student-athlete listed as having signed a National Letter of Intent or Offer of Admission to play volleyball at the University of Minnesota Crookston was verified by the Minnesota Crookston Compliance Office once he signed the National Letter of Intent or once the student-athlete has accepted an offer of admission to Minnesota Crookston.