Shelton, Smith tapped for N/S GamePublished 9:41am Thursday, April 3, 2014
DHS junior commits to Kennesaw State
Sydni Shelton has seen the pictures of allstate
players hanging on the wall in the
Danville High School gym.
She made it a goal to join those ranks.
This week, she took another step toward
that goal after being named to the AHSAA
North Volleyball All-Star team this week.
“It was always a goal for me to make allstate
as a player,” Shelton said. “And then
when I heard about the North-South All-
Star Game, I wanted to make that team as
“I was surprised when I was selected to
the team,” she added. “I knew I had filled
out an application, but I had no idea I
would be selected.”
In addition to her selection to the All-Star
game, Brewer assistant coach Ron Smith
will be an assistant coach for the North
Shelton also recently committed to
Kennesaw State in Georgia.
“It was a great fit for me,” Shelton said.
“They were willing to work with me going
to get a nursing degree. I liked the coaches
and the campus.”
Shelton said she didn’t start playing volleyball
until her seventh grade year.
“I was afraid I wouldn’t make the team,”
she said. “I had never played the sport
before then, but I loved it.”
After spending one year on the junior
high team, she was moved up to the varsity
squad and became a contributor as an
eighth grader. She was mostly as a role
player along the front line, as she shared
with seniors, including current UAB player
Shelton was one of a few players who
had any varsity experience in her ninth
grade year. The team wound up making it
all the way to the semifinals.
One of the biggest motivations in her senior
seasons is to help Danville make its
10th straight state tournament this year.
“We don’t want to be a part of the team
that breaks that streak,” she said.