Trathen setting up women’s volleyball team for success

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Freshman Sydney Trathen is making an immediate impact on the court as the setter earned a starting spot in the preseason.
Recently selected as 'Scot of Week'

By Tyler Trumbauer
News Editor/Spectator

In collegiate athletics, freshmen are often forced to ‘redshirt’ or sit out their first season in order to save a year of eligibility.

For Edinboro’s Sydney Trathen, she didn’t take a redshirt, the freshman grabbed a starting position. Trathen, the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio native, worked her way into a spot during the preseason, impressing her head coach, Missy Soboleski, and her teammates in the process.

“She is a great, great kid,” Soboleski said about the 5-9 setter. “She works her tail off. I think she is only going to get better. She has a long way to go though. We need to educate her so that she can do some things better, but setting wise, she runs the show.”

A 2014 Stow Munroe Falls (OH) graduate, Trathen earned her way into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II ranks as well. She was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and was named the Most Valuable Player of the North Coast Power League.

Despite all that high school success and acclaim, the immediate attention and triumph at Edinboro still caught her a bit off guard.

“I was surprised I got ‘Scot of the Week’ [selected by Edinboro’s Sports Information Department] the first week,” Trathen, who is majoring in Speech & Hearing Sciences, said.

“That was really cool. I’ve been surprised with all the feedback I have gotten. I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that I’ve been playing really well and it is just very complimenting.”

Not only has her teammates, and those familiar with the squad noticed her talents, but Trathen was named to the All-Tournament team at the Tony Banner Memorial Tournament at Clarion University. She earned that honor by contributing 103 assists, 13 kills, 25 digs, three service aces and five block assists as Edinboro went 2-1 in that opening weekend tournament, which also was Trathen’s collegiate debut.

Trathen, who is also called “Squid” by her team, admits    to being “flattered” by the All-Tournament selection and all the attention she has received, but what really matters to her is the team aspect.

“I’ve had a great time in these first few matches,” she said. “I’ve had so much fun. I love the team and I love playing with them. I just love this. I think it is a lot of fun.”

Trathen enjoys the game and is quite good at it as well, with the numbers backing that up. Through Sept. 18, she leads the team in assists with 262, with the next closest teammate being Katie Felix with 108. Trathen also has 86 digs, tied for fourth on the team.

With the Scots playing extremely well early on this season, possessing an 11-2 record as of Sept. 21, Trathen has some goals of her own that she’d like to obtain as the season progresses.

“My goal is to be the only setter on the court. I just want to set all the time because right now I am setting and hitting. Hopefully by mid-to-late season I will just be setting all the time because that is what I love to do.”

By Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. She can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com