OKEMOS — Sydney Fountain knew she was stepping into a big role as the starting setter for the Okemos volleyball team.
The junior made sure to put herself in the best position to meet the high expectations.
An offseason dedicated to becoming the best setter possible is paying dividends for Fountain, who has shown improvement and been a valuable contributor for the CAAC Blue-leading Chiefs.
“She’s really dedicated herself to becoming the best setter she can be,” veteran Okemos coach Jamie Ianni said.
“A lot of it is just reading the blockers and reading the other team’s defense so that you can put up the best hittable ball for hitters and put them in the best situation to be successful. In that area she’s made a lot of growth.”
Fountain, who was voted the LSJ prep athlete of the week, has displayed her improved skills on the court this fall and set up teammates well this season. That included being a key contributor in a victory over Holt last week with 33 assists and three serving aces for Okemos (18-7, 4-0 CAAC Blue).
Fountain’s growth this fall also has her ranked among the mid-Michigan leaders in assists per set (6.1) and aces per set (0.6).
“The training has definitely helped a lot,” said Fountain, who spent a week at Sports Performance in Chicago and also spent a lot of time doing individual drills with her father this summer. “Everybody has been impressed with how much my setting has improved since last year and they’re really impressed with how many balls I get to and how many good sets I have.”
Fountain was glad to be able to put those skills to use and help the Chiefs to an important victory over a Holt team that features several of her club volleyball teammates.
“I was so pumped to play them and really wanted to beat them so it was important to me,” Fountain said.
“That win definitely gave us confidence. We know we might play them again at the end of the season and we’re definitely going to go in there even stronger.”
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