A 2013 Hiram graduate, Cooley played varsity for the Hornets all four years of high school and became a starter as a sophomore. Playing as an outside hitter for Hiram, Cooley is slated to be a defensive specialist for the West Georgia Wolves.
“I’m pretty excited about it. I like to pass so I guess that’s a good position for me,” said Cooley.
Cooley’s volleyball scholarship is partial and is dependent upon her work ethic on the court during her first two seasons, she said.
Kelly Stuntz, Cooley’s NCSA volleyball recruiting coach, said, “Sydney is a very athletic player with a ton of potential. In a few years of tracking her progress, I have no doubt that she will be able to make a great impact at University of West Georgia.”
Taking her talent to the next level, Cooley knows there will be a difference between how the Hornets played and how the Wolves play, as she said the skill level, competition and the speed of the game will all increase.
Not practicing with the team just yet, Cooley was given a summer workout regimen to follow which includes upper and lower body lifts, abdominal muscle work and training that calls for her to run 150 yards in 30 seconds or less.
While Cooley did workouts for volleyball at Hiram, she admitted she was nervous about the workouts she will have to do at West Georgia because they require weight lifting.
“It was an option at Hiram but I didn’t take weight training,” Cooley said.
One thing she did say she was looking forward to was decorating her dorm, which she will share with three teammates – one incoming freshman and two sophomores.
Looking back on her high school career, Cooley said, “I want to thank my parents, Derrick and Kim, coach Kevin Thomas, coach Lynette Whitefield and God for their help and support.”