Sydney Katz

Sydney Katz

You suffered a season-ending ACL tear during a first-round playoff match against Walkersville. Despite losing a standout player like you, Oakdale managed to reach the Class 2A state championship. What was your initial reaction when you got hurt? At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I just thought, ‘Oh, I’ll get back up, and I’ll get on to the next game.’ And then I couldn’t really run, and I was like, ‘OK, that’s fine. I’ll go to the next game.’ And they told me I couldn’t play anymore. That was hard, but I have faith in my team and I trust them. And they did an amazing job to be able to come this far. After you got hurt, Elise Smith and Jenna Harding did a solid job setting for the Bears, even though neither one had much experience performing that role. I heard you gave them support and tips. I love it, I want to help them out as much as I can. It makes me happy to see them do so well on the court. They look like they’re having an amazing time and they’re doing so well, and that just makes me happy to see. In your career at Oakdale, you helped the team win the Class 2A state title in 2017 and return to the state final this year. Did you envision being a crucial part of such a successful program when you began starting for the Bears as a freshman? Not at all. I had no idea coming in as a scared little freshman what this was going to entail. But this has been the most amazing four years of my life, thanks to our coaches, teammates, families. I mean, we have an Oakdale volleyball family that, we’re going to keep in touch forever. I’m really grateful for that. After your injury, Oakdale players and coaches wore t-shirts in the postseason that read, “Do It For Syd.” Describe your reaction when you first saw these shirts, which were thought up by the mother of Oakdale freshman Rhiann Evans? Oh gosh. My coach took me outside. And I came back, and they were all lined up and they turned around and they had the shirts, and I just broke down and cried. I’m just so grateful. I would never think that I have that much of an impact on the team. But they’re amazing. I was really grateful that they did that. What are your favorite memories from playing volleyball at Oakdale? Winning the state title in 2017, coming here in 2019. We didn’t win, but we worked so hard to get here. And these girls — they’re my favorite memories. Just being with them every day at practice. It’s amazing, and I love them so much.

You suffered a season-ending ACL tear during a first-round playoff match against Walkersville. Despite losing a standout player like you, Oakdale managed to reach the Class 2A state championship. What was your initial reaction when you got hurt?

At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I just thought, ‘Oh, I’ll get back up, and I’ll get on to the next game.’ And then I couldn’t really run, and I was like, ‘OK, that’s fine. I’ll go to the next game.’ And they told me I couldn’t play anymore. That was hard, but I have faith in my team and I trust them. And they did an amazing job to be able to come this far.

After you got hurt, Elise Smith and Jenna Harding did a solid job setting for the Bears, even though neither one had much experience performing that role. I heard you gave them support and tips.

I love it, I want to help them out as much as I can. It makes me happy to see them do so well on the court. They look like they’re having an amazing time and they’re doing so well, and that just makes me happy to see.

In your career at Oakdale, you helped the team win the Class 2A state title in 2017 and return to the state final this year. Did you envision being a crucial part of such a successful program when you began starting for the Bears as a freshman?

Not at all. I had no idea coming in as a scared little freshman what this was going to entail. But this has been the most amazing four years of my life, thanks to our coaches, teammates, families. I mean, we have an Oakdale volleyball family that, we’re going to keep in touch forever. I’m really grateful for that.

After your injury, Oakdale players and coaches wore t-shirts in the postseason that read, “Do It For Syd.” Describe your reaction when you first saw these shirts, which were thought up by the mother of Oakdale freshman Rhiann Evans?

Oh gosh. My coach took me outside. And I came back, and they were all lined up and they turned around and they had the shirts, and I just broke down and cried. I’m just so grateful. I would never think that I have that much of an impact on the team. But they’re amazing. I was really grateful that they did that.

What are your favorite memories from playing volleyball at Oakdale? Winning the state title in 2017, coming here in 2019. We didn’t win, but we worked so hard to get here. And these girls — they’re my favorite memories. Just being with them every day at practice. It’s amazing, and I love them so much.

You suffered a season-ending ACL tear during a first-round playoff match against Walkersville. Despite losing a standout player like you, Oakdale managed to reach the Class 2A state championship. What was your initial reaction when you got hurt?

At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I just thought, ‘Oh, I’ll get back up, and I’ll get on to the next game.’ And then I couldn’t really run, and I was like, ‘OK, that’s fine. I’ll go to the next game.’ And they told me I couldn’t play anymore. That was hard, but I have faith in my team and I trust them. And they did an amazing job to be able to come this far.

After you got hurt, Elise Smith and Jenna Harding did a solid job setting for the Bears, even though neither one had much experience performing that role. I heard you gave them support and tips.

I love it, I want to help them out as much as I can. It makes me happy to see them do so well on the court. They look like they’re having an amazing time and they’re doing so well, and that just makes me happy to see.

In your career at Oakdale, you helped the team win the Class 2A state title in 2017 and return to the state final this year. Did you envision being a crucial part of such a successful program when you began starting for the Bears as a freshman?

Not at all. I had no idea coming in as a scared little freshman what this was going to entail. But this has been the most amazing four years of my life, thanks to our coaches, teammates, families. I mean, we have an Oakdale volleyball family that, we’re going to keep in touch forever. I’m really grateful for that.

After your injury, Oakdale players and coaches wore T-shirts in the postseason that read, “Do It For Syd.” Describe your reaction when you first saw these shirts, which were thought up by the mother of Oakdale freshman Rhiann Evans?

Oh gosh. My coach took me outside. And I came back, and they were all lined up and they turned around and they had the shirts, and I just broke down and cried. I’m just so grateful. I would never think that I have that much of an impact on the team. But they’re amazing. I was really grateful that they did that.

What are your favorite memories from playing volleyball at Oakdale? Winning the state title in 2017, coming here in 2019. We didn’t win, but we worked so hard to get here. And these girls — they’re my favorite memories. Just being with them every day at practice. It’s amazing, and I love them so much.

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