Volleyball Player of the Year: Howard's Sydney Biniak

December 13, 2013|By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun

Sydney Biniak

Howard, hitter, senior

Howard volleyball coach Grant Scott knew he had something special the first time he saw Sydney Biniak play. The 2013 volleyball season proved his assessment to be correct.

Biniak led the No. 5 Lions to their first Howard County championship since 1980, and was probably the most feared hitter in the area. Her 321 kills show the power and agility she possesses. Behind those kills, the Lions eliminated Montgomery County's Sherwood, which had won the last two Class 4A state titles, in the regional semifinals.

"The best thing about Sydney is she knows she's a great player, but she's very humble," Scott said. "She doesn't want the spotlight. She wants the team to have it. She leads by example. "

Biniak also showed what a great all-around player she was by contributing 232 digs, 33 blocks, and 43 aces. In the classroom, she has a 3.9 GPA and takes Advanced Placement classes.

She will attend the University of Maryland next year, and will play volleyball.

Asked how he will replace Biniak's production, Scott drew a blank.

"I don't know if you can replace a Sydney Biniak," he said. "It's so rare to have a player with that much athleticism, humbleness and drive. She's a once-in-a-career player for a coach like me."

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