UNI volleyball welcomes Texas defender Sydney Petersen to 2022 roster

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The UNI volleyball team has announced the addition of Sydney Petersen to the program’s roster for the upcoming 2022 season.

Sydney Petersen, a native of nearby Dike, Iowa and daughter of Panther head coach Bobbi Petersenwill join the UNI program for her final eligible season as a transfer from the University of Texas.

“We are excited to add Sydney to our 2022 fall team,” said the UNI head coach Bobbi Petersen. “She will bring experience at a high level to our defensive specialist/libero position and has also played multiple spots in the back court. Sydney also has a strong understanding for the game and plays with a lot of passion and grit which will be contagious to here teammates.”

A highly touted libero out of Dike-New Hartford High School, Petersen was a member of 4 NCAA Tournament teams with the Longhorns, including Texas’ national runner-up season in 2020-21 as a junior. Petersen played in all 29 matches during the 2020-21 campaign, averaging 1.65 digs per set, recording a season-high 13 digs at West Virginia to clinch the Big 12 regular season championship, and 12 digs and one service aces against Kentucky in the national championship match.

During her sophomore season with the Longhorns, Petersen led her team with 335 total digs as Texas reached the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The start of Petersen’s second season in Austin was highlighted when the Longhorns faced off against UNI in the season opener in a 3-1 win, where she recorded 15 digs and 8 assists. As a freshman, Petersen earned the starting libero spot, leading Texas with 362 digs and 23 service aces in a year where the Longhorns reached the NCAA Elite Eight. In the first matches of her collegiate career, Petersen was named to the VERT Challenge All-Tournament Team as Texas picked up wins over Oregon and Florida to open the 2018 season.

Petersen has also shown exemplary success in the classroom, being named First Team Academic All-Big 12 as a sophomore and junior, while also being named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2019.

In high school, Petersen was named an Under-Armor Second Team All-American as a senior, while also earning First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State recognition in 2015 and 2016. The 2016 Class 3A Player of the Year, Petersen helped lead the Wolverines to 3 state championships (2014, 2016, 2017) and a second-place finish in Class 2A in 2015.

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