Sydney Carvajal wasn’t really trying to be recruited after he mom signed her up for a college volleyball camp in front of a bunch of college coaches.
She talked with Northwestern Oklahoma State coach Jeremy White after the camp, got an email him, responded with some game film and went up for a camp not long after.
On Thursday morning, the senior volleyball player checked off another first for Glenn when she became the first Grizzly athlete to sign on to play at the collegiate level for the Rangers next season.
“It was kind of a freak accident,” Carvajal said. “It was a fun and exciting process.”
She started her volleyball career at Rouse, where coaches told her she was athletic but recommended joining a club team to get to the next level and joined Austin Performance Volleyball.
She played on varsity her sophomore year with the first-year Glenn volleyball team and finished with 84 kills and 65 blocks. Her junior year, she helped the Grizzlies make the playoffs for the first time in school history and she had 267 kills and 118 total blocks.
Carvajal led Glenn with 226 kills and 54 blocks this season.
“Our first year, that was a little stressful,” Carvajal said. “We built off of that. It helped because we got to play on that level longer than most people would. We kind of had a rough season, but we’re still a team and we played together.”
She said being the first from Glenn to play a sport in college comes with a little pressure, but it’s still an exhilarating prospect.
“I’m really excited to graduate and be part of the first graduating class,” she said.