BENTON — Sierra Smith, a Fairfield High School senior in 2013-14, has signed to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Grace College in Winona Lake, beginning in 2014-15.
Smith, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter, helped pace Fairfield to a 35-2 record — the highest winning percentage in program history — with sectional and regional championships in 2012.
Smith pounded out 225 kills with 58 blocks in the fall to earn all-Northeast Corner Conference honors.
“Grace’s atmosphere felt like home. I loved the team and Coach (Andria) Harshman and felt that I could call Grace my home even before moving on campus,” Smith said. “I want to be the best volleyball player I can be to honor my God and to help my new team have a great four years while I’m there.”
In her sophomore season, Smith’s Fairfield squad added another sectional championship to the school’s trophy case. Smith was named the team’s most improved player in 2011.
“We are thrilled that Sierra chose Grace to continue her collegiate academic and athletic career,” said Harshman. “She is a dominant presence on the court and such a sweet, Godly woman to be around off the court. She is going to be a huge asset in building our program in the future.”
“I am so proud of the player that Sierra has become. She may be the hardest working player that I have ever coached,” said Fairfield head coach Carla Herschberger. “Sierra improves every time she is on the court. She has grown into an awesome player and an awesome young lady. Her best days are still ahead of her, and she will flourish at Grace.”