Sydney Jordan loves talking about hitting. The Ridge Point elder can’t get enough shades from an attack.
“It’s something I’ve been tweaking for a while now,” Jordan said. “I remember watching games when I was younger with my mum, and the idea of these girls slamming the ball on the ground and everyone going crazy…it’s so much fun and such a release. energy and emotion. It can really make or break a game.
“The game can come down to daring kills at the end, and I love that.”
The 6-foot-3 University of Colorado hire is a skilled hitter because of the hard work and study she puts into her craft.
Last season, she helped lead the Panthers to the Class 6A state semifinals, compiling 2.9 kills and 3.6 digs per set, with a 35.4 kill percentage, 33 aces and 55 blocks.
Jordan has always been a gifted hitter but continues to improve. Last season, she developed more shots, learning to read block better. She has the deep corner kick in her arsenal. She is stronger at pointed crosses. She likes line shots.
Staying out of area six, the back center area, is his MO. Technically, it’s feet on the ball and hitting hard, high shots.
“I’ve really evolved into a six-rotation player who’s stable and solid in every aspect,” Jordan said. “More maturity, more awareness of the game and just an ability to perform at a higher level for the team.”
Jordan was practically born to be a stud athlete. His mother, Lori, was an outside hitter for the University of North Carolina. His father, Matt, was recently the general manager of the Houston Dynamo and a longtime professional football player.
“They never forced anything on me, so there was never really any pressure,” Jordan said of his parents. “They gave me morals and a work ethic.”
Jordan was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to the United States from Canada at age nine and tried every “sport under the sun” as a child.
“I was a figure skater when I lived in Canada. I was a footballer and a swimmer. I started volleyball when I first moved to the United States, and it took off from there,” Jordan said. “I always thought it was super fun. I always wanted to keep improving and it just kept growing.
Jordan emerged as a team leader last season, but she’s thrilled to have even more voice this year as a senior. In the Panthers’ run to statehood, she learned that team chemistry and leadership are a must.
She is eager to do her part.
“There are things that come into play, like athletic ability and God’s gifts, but if you work hard, good things will happen,” Jordan said. “It’s something I focus on every day. If I work, whether at school, in my relationships or in volleyball, I hope that everything will be fine for me.