Sydney

Townsend

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Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Pius X
Major: Biochemistry

Bio

Honors & Awards
• NCAA Elite 90 Award (2016, 2017)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team (2017)

• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016, 2017, 2018)
• Nebraska's Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award (2017-18)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2015, 2017)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017; Beach-2016, 2017)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

2017 (Senior)
• Received her second career Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and second straight Elite 90 award for having the best GPA of any student-athlete at the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the second straight year and received her second Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
• Played in all 125 sets and finished the season with 309 digs and 22 service aces
• Posted double-digit digs in 14 matches, including both the NCAA Semifinal against Penn State (13 digs) and the NCAA Final against Florida (11 digs)
• Had a career-high 17 digs with four set assists and two aces in a five-set win over Wisconsin on Sept. 30
• Had 14 digs in the NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Colorado, her highest total ever in a three-set match
• Served three aces and had six digs in a win at Michigan State on Oct. 27
• Tallied 16 digs at Florida on Aug. 26
• Recorded 14 digs with three service aces at Ohio State on Nov. 17
• Notched 13 digs and two assists in a win over Illinois on Oct. 21
• Posted 11 digs and two aces against Rutgers on Nov. 12
• Served a pair of aces against Oral Roberts on Sept. 1
• Recorded 10 digs and three set assists at Penn State on Sept. 22
• Tallied 10 digs and a pair of aces against Stony Brook on Dec. 1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
• Had nine digs against UCLA on Sept. 8, followed by nine against the Bruins on Sept. 9

2016 (Junior)
• Earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest cumulative GPA at the NCAA Championship
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Finished the season with 52 digs and 13 service aces

• Tallied a season-high six digs to go with three set assists against Northwestern on Oct. 29
• Served a pair of aces and had four digs in a win over Florida on Aug. 26
• Served two aces with two digs at Rutgers on Nov. 5
• Tallied four digs and an ace against Indiana on Oct. 7
• Had four digs and one set assist in the win over Minnesota on Oct. 23

2015 (Sophomore)
• Earned Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
• Recorded a season-high 15 digs vs. Pittsburgh on Aug. 29
• Served 14 aces and had 58 digs on the season
• Had two service aces vs. Michigan State on Oct. 7 and at Purdue on Nov. 4
• Made back-to-back starts against Maryland and Indiana on Nov. 11 and 14, respectively

2014 (Freshman)
• Played in 29 matches as a freshman defensive specialist
• Recorded 10 or more digs twice
• Accumulated 101 digs on the season and averaged 1.12 digs per set
• Posted 11 digs twice, at Michigan State on Oct. 10, and vs. Maryland on Nov. 16
• Notched 11 service aces on the year, including three against Maryland on Nov. 16
• Recorded a .945 reception percentage

Before Nebraska
• Joined the Huskers from Pius X High School in Lincoln, Nebraska
• Earned All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald for the second straight season in 2013, the only repeat winner on the list
• Helped Pius X to a 34-7 record in 2013 and a berth in the Nebraska Class B state championship
• Started her senior season at outside hitter and totaled 229 kills, but moved to libero midway through the year
• Led the Thunderbolts in digs with 526 and was second in assists with 71
• Named a 2013-14 Under Armour Second-Team All-American
• Helped the Thunderbolts to a third-place finish at the 2012 Nebraska Class A state tournament
• Named to both the Class A and all-class all-tournament teams
• Posted 663 digs as a junior and notched 36 aces
• Tallied a Class A single-match record 39 digs in a first-round win in the 2012 Nebraska state tournament, when she finished with 75 digs for the entire tournament
• Was an outside hitter until switching to defensive specialist in 2011 on the Thunderbolts' Class B state championship team
• Also helped the Nebraska Juniors finish in the top 20 at the 2013 AAU 18 Open National Championship

Personal
• Born in Lincoln, Nebraska
• Parents are Jim and Juli Townsend
• Major is biochemistry

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N'Side Nebraska Show - Segment 5 - May 27