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2013 Setter spurns full ride offers to come to Bluefield College

ALLEGAN, Mich. -- The Bluefield College women’s volleyball team has signed another top high school prospects in the country in 2013 Graduate Sydney Spencer.

Sports Information Department BC

August 26, 2012

ALLEGAN, Mich. -- The Bluefield College women’s volleyball team has signed another top high school prospects in the country in 2013 Graduate Sydney Spencer. (Signing Day Video)


Sydney SpencerSpencer who turned down more lucrative offers to come revitalize the resurgent program started by Coach Brian Votaw when he arrived last July. Spencer signed her letter of intent to play for Coach Votaw and the Lady Rams on July 30, 2012 at her high school.


Spencer, a 5-foot-8 setter from Allegan, Michigan, was chosen team MVP of her high school team and was all conference and all county as a junior. She has been the starting setter for the U18 National Team at Carpe Diem since she was 16. This past summer she was named one of the best athletes of 2011 at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, Fla. Sydney, daughter of Paul and Lucy Spencer, is a member of the National Honor Society and has received 2 scholar athlete awards.


"We have been blessed again to be able to have such a talented recruit join our program,” said Coach Brian Votaw who signed another early commitment for 2013. “This is another incredible day in the life of Bluefield College Volleyball. To be able bring in a setter who had NCAA Division 1 offers is a blessing for us here at Bluefield College. We are excited that Sydney is joining the Lady Rams volleyball program.


Votaw who is recruiting his first class (2012) since taking over the BC program went onto say, "Sydney is an outstanding setter who by a weird set of circumstances was freed up from her NCAA Division I offer and suddenly became available again. I’m honored she has faith in our College and the volleyball program to bring her God gifted talents to Virginia."


"Sydney is a type of player that can lead us to the next level of competitiveness within the NCCAA and the NAIA. She has prepared herself well by playing at an outstanding high school program at Allegan High School while being coached by Dawn Hoyer. She also played for an excellent club for 2 years with the Carpe Diem Club program under the coaching of Michelle Vander Meer. I look forward to her contribution to our team and anticipate her making a huge impact in her freshman year," expressed Coach Votaw.


"I chose Bluefield College because when I stepped foot on the campus, I felt very welcomed,” said Sydney Spencer. “I was also very impressed with the 2012 recruiting class that has come in and I’m excited to have the opportunity to set to them next year. I loved everything about the campus and it just felt like home. A setter and coaches relationship is one the more important relationship on the team and I felt that instant connection with Coach Votaw and look forward to being on his team the next four years."


Bluefield College opens play on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Kentucky Wesleyan Tournament in Owensboro, Ky., against Oakland City (Ind.) and Kentucky Wesleyan then opens its first season in the Mid-South Conference with a home contest against UVA-Wise in the Dome Gymnasium on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.


Paul Spencer

I am so very proud of you Sydney! You made a great choice in Bluefield College and in coach Votaw. They are getting a great setter and a great person. You and the rest of his recruits are going to do some amazing things there at Bluefiled.....I can feel it!!!!! I wish we could go now but we must wait a year but it will be well worth it! I love you and can't wait to see you wearing #17 as a Lady Ram!!!

Linda De Jong

I too am very proud of you, Sydney. You are a very talented young lady both academically and in volleyball as well as many other things. I know you will do well in everything at Bluefield. They are lucky to have you.

Your Christian beliefs and good common sense will guide you along your path to success in life. Stay the course and you will continue to be a very wonderful and successful young lady. I love you and look forward to following your

life experiences.

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