Monticello senior Sydney Mace started playing volleyball when she was in middle school. She chose the sport for the chance of being a part of something bigger than herself.
"I think I liked volleyball because it had such a great team aspect," Mace explained. "It wasn't an individual sport, we all rely on each other and its nice."
Mace was a three-year member of the Mustangs varsity team. As defensive specialist, she was the last line of defense. It's a position that suited her skill-set and ability.
"I really liked being (the defensive specialist). Since I'm not the tallest player it was nice to have a part still."
Mace says she prides herself on doing the little things to help her team win.
"If you don't have a good pass, you can't get a good set which means you can't get a good hit so that's the team aspect I really like," she explained. "Without one player you can't succeed."
"When you have someone like Sydney in the back row, always there, you don't have to worry about 'oh what if this ball gets in the back corner?' Monticello sophomore Katie Devine added. "Sydney's going to be there. It's kind of a weight off your shoulder knowing that someone's going to be there."
Being the defensive anchor wasn't Mace's only job with the team. As a senior leader, she also made sure her teammates were always in good spirits.
"I feel it's really important to have a positive attitude on the court because we're there to have fun," she said.
Off the court, Mace is a member of numerous honor societies at Monticello, including math, her favorite subject. The future engineer says she uses her knowledge of the subject to help her game.
"There are angles involved. Like having to see where the hitter is and lining up. It's definitely a game of strategy. I've definitely learned that over my years of playing."