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Player Spotlight : A&M Consolidated Sutton Springer & Sydney McCorkle

September 13, 2019
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With two coaches gone, two seniors decide to step up. The dynamic duo, Sydney McCorkle, (setter), and Sutton Springer, (outside hitter), take advantage of their last season and step up to calm the storm that has overshadowed the Consolidated Tigers Volleyball team.

The Tigers have had an emotionally rocky start to the 2019 season, but the team has not been shaken. With the retirement of six-year varsity volleyball coach, Jennifer Kazmierski, and the resignation of Tayler Gray, eight games into the season, these girls have seen a frequent change in coaching staff. When commenting on the situation, Springer says that “even though the situation may have not been ideal, it doesn’t matter who comes in, or what happens. We still play as a team.” Luckily, administrators at Consol hired a coach to make sure the team does not support themselves alone. Coach Colton Conner has accepted the challenge of earning these girls trust in his first high school coaching job. Sutton and Sydney both agree that Conner has made a smooth transition into the position and has put them in the "best-case scenario."

Sutton, a four-year varsity letterman, and Sydney, a two-year varsity letterman, have complimented one another's leadership skills to push this team to success. This is their seventh season to play together and has given them a lot of time to get on the same page. Both have observed, learned, and applied their own experiences to their leadership techniques. Playing for four years on varsity, Sutton has gone from the intimidated freshman to the seasoned senior with a high game IQ. She has earned a leadership role that teammates look to on the court when in distress. Sydney, lettering for two years, confirms that "Sutton is always there to calm me down and encourage me." She has also been able to be a positive influence on the court with her friendly face and positive direction. It is obvious when watching this team play that their leadership and influence is successfully translated on the court. Springer can be vocal on the court throughout the whole game while playing outside hitter and left back. Sydney has the help of sophomore, Ava Derbes, who also sets, and gives Sydney a break to be a leader on the bench as well as on the court. McCorkle takes advantage of her limited time on the bench to read the court and help her hitters nail the holes on the floor. 

Both have become strong competitors by putting in many extra months of work participating in club ball, outside of high school.  McCorkle is not only an assist artist but is also familiar with getting a kill. Her soft hands on a set can also spike a ball. On her club team, she runs a 5-1 offense and can hit and block when the opportunity presents itself. Springer plays all the way around and has an impressive front and back row attack. She can launch herself in the air and put some fire behind her attacks. With McCorkle’s smooth sets and Springer’s hot hands, the duo is a threat to any opponent. Both are phenomenal assets that aid in this team’s successes. 

 In tonight's match, College Station will witness the most intense volleyball showdown of the season. The Consol Tigers and College Station High Cougars go head-to-head in a classic cross-town rival. Springer and McCorkle have both mentioned awaiting this match-up since the season started. Come watch what the hype is about and take a look at the dynamic duo for yourself!

 

 
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