Sydney Haykel

Freshman - Forward
Westlake Village, CA
California Titans

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Prior to Penn State: Haykel, just the fourth documented player in team history (since 2000-01) hailing from outside of the Eastern Time Zone and the second from the state of California, has a rather unconventional playing background. With no all-girls teams within three hours of her Westlake Village home, she played bantam for the Ventura Mariners boys team. Later, although she was not allowed to play for the California Titans program as a girl, she regularly practiced with the organization's Tier I 16U and Tier II 18U boys teams, while also receiving private instruction from the 16U squad's renowned coach, Brett Beebe. Haykel has also received high-end instruction elsewhere, including through camps at the famed Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Fairbault, MN.

Personal: Sydney Elizabeth Haykel was born on May 18, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA to Charlie and Michelle Haykel and has one younger brother, Drew. The anticipated advertising and public relations or marketing major excelled as a student and as an athlete at La Reina High School. Haykel's academic accolades include National Honor Society membership (graduating with top honors), recognition among the top 100 scholars in Ventura County, CA by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholars Foundation, graduation with top California Scholarship Federation honors, and the 2017 La Reina High School Citizenship Award, which is given to one graduating student each year for citizenship in and out of the classroom. It more or less goes without saying that she also made honor roll during every year of high school and graduated with honors. Haykel played libero on La Reina's volleyball team during her freshman and sophomore years, helping the Regents go undefeated and win their division title in each season.