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Volleyball Inks Two for 2010

Head coach Jim Barnes signed two players rated in PrepVolleyball.com's Top 150.

Head coach Jim Barnes signed two players rated in PrepVolleyball.com's Top 150.

Nov. 13, 2009

WACO, Texas - Baylor head volleyball coach Jim Barnes announced the signing of Sam Skryd and Courtney Windham to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season on Friday.

Skryd, a 5-9 setter Naperville, Ill., will join the Bears from Neuqua Valley High School where she was ranked in Prepvolleyball.com's Top 150, while Windham, a 6-3 middle blocker from Cypress, Texas, spent her high school career at Houston's Cy-Creek High School, earning recognition on PrepVolleyball.com's Top 115.

During her high school career, Skryd helped her team to three consecutive Upstate Eight Conference championships, earning all-conference, all-area, and Chicago Sun-Times all-state honors. Skryd was named to the all-tournament team at the Wheaton Classic and the Warrior Blast Invitational, and helped Neuqua Valley High to a school record 23 wins as a senior.

"What we are going to get with Sam is a real highly-trained setter, highly-skilled setter," Barnes said. "We are excited we are getting in a player that has a work ethic that is second-to-none."

While at NVHS, Skryd lettered in volleyball three times, and was named the team captain and team Most Valuable Player three times. She also earned recognition in the Chicago Sun-Times' "Top 50", as well as being named an Under Armour Preseason All-American.

"Sam plays the game gritty and determined, a real competitor," Barnes said. "She will fit in with the way we like to run things. She is really dynamic and fast, and brings a lot of energy to the court."

While at Cy-Creek High School, Windham helped her team to the Texas UIL 15-5A District championship as a freshman, as well as a berth in the District playoffs each of the next three years, finishing among the top four each time. Windham earned Lone Star all-state honors as a junior and senior, while also being named the 15-5A Blocker of the year and all-district first team as a senior. She lettered in volleyball all four years at CCHS, also serving as the team captain.

"Courtney brings a lot of versatility as far as being able to play multiple positions," Barnes said. "She brings a lot of height at 6-3, and plays at a real high point above the net. She can play middle or right side, and she may even be able to develop on the left side. It is rare to have a player of those capabilities."

Windham earned PrepVolleyball's All-American honors as a sophomore and senior, as well as Under Armour Preseason All-American accolades as a senior. During her career, Windham earned a spot on USAV's High Performance A-1 team as a junior, and Junior National A-2 team as a senior.

"Courtney is real competitive, goal-driven, just a real competitor," Barnes said. "She loves to play, just absorbs the game. It will be really fun to have an athlete of her talent in our gym."



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