Former GCHS volleyball player leads NAU to conference championship
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Sydney Lema
Sydney Lema
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Former Grand County High School athlete Sydney Lema helped lead Northern Arizona University’s volleyball team to the Big Sky Conference championship. Lema was raised in Moab and attended GCHS until midway through her sophomore year when her family moved to Peoria, Arizona, to further her dream of playing volleyball at the collegiate level.

Lema has just completed her junior season for the NAU Lumberjacks, where she was co-captain of the team. This season, Lema achieved a major personal milestone by becoming the 15th player in NAU program history to tally 1,000 career digs, and only the sixth to accomplish the feat in only three seasons. When not on the volleyball court, she studies sports medicine in the hope of pursuing a career as an athletic trainer.

It was a very successful season for the Lumberjacks. The team posted the best regular season record in the Big Sky Conference at 15-3. Entering the Big Sky Tournament as the top seed, the Lumberjacks dominated the competition, winning all three games in three set sweeps to take home the trophy. The performance earned the team an invitation to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for just the third time in the program’s history.

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Lumberjacks faced off against 16th-ranked Washington State in Pullman. Lema and her teammates played hard but were defeated in a tight match, which brought their season to a close.

During her time at GCHS, Lema played varsity volleyball for two seasons, competed on the track team and was a member of the drill team. She looks forward to capping her volleyball career next fall.


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