ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA volleyball opens its 2018 season on Aug. 24 and will feature a roster filled with ten newcomers. Get to know UTA's incoming class in a series of features on UTAMavs.com!
Today, learn all about Houston area standout Jordyn Sinnette, who joins the Mavs in 2018 after a strong career at Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas. Sinnette comes from an athletic family as her sister, Alyssa, currently stars at Georgetown University. Jordyn, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, broke her sister's all-time record for kills at Dawson High School.
At what age did you begin playing volleyball?
JS: I started playing volleyball around 12.
Why did you start playing volleyball?
JS: I used to play YMCA soccer and my favorite part of the game was running around wherever I wanted to go get the ball. When my mom finally explained to me that if I wanted to get serious about soccer I’d have to pick a position. At that point, I decided that soccer wasn’t for me. I wanted to try volleyball because my sister played.
What is your earliest memory of volleyball?
JS: My earliest memory is playing literally every position, including setter, on my junior high team.
Who is your inspiration in volleyball and why?
JS: My inspiration is probably my sister because she went through so much to get where she is now and it inspires me to never give up on anything.
Who is a current/former collegiate or professional volleyball athlete whom you admire and why?
JS: I really look up to Amy Neal because she is short for an outside hitter but she is still earning awards like player of the year! She shows everyone that you don’t have to be 6-foot-6 to be an amazing player!
Give a brief description of your family. Include names of parents and siblings. What family members have made the biggest impact on your life and why?
JS: My parents are Traci and Reginald Sinnette. I have a sister named Alyssa who plays
collegiate volleyball at Georgetown University. This sounds really cliché, but each family member has impacted me in a different way and they’ve all played a major role in who I am today.
What are the strengths of your volleyball game? What are the areas you are currently trying to work on the most?
JS: I feel like my strengths are tooling the block and using my shots to place the ball where people aren’t. I'm excited to work on my blocking!
Why did you decide to attend the UT Arlington?
JS: I decided to attend UT Arlington because I felt most at home there. And I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and the team.
What are your individual and team goals at UT Arlington?
JS: My individual goals are to do the best that I can at all times and ultimately be the best teammate whether I play or not. My goal for the team is to win as many games as possible!
What is your academic major and why did you select that major?
JS: I am majoring in psychology because I find the way people act and the way they are very interesting.
Have there been any big obstacles that you have had to overcome in your life? How did you overcome them and how did that experience help shape you?
JS: One obstacle was my height. At 5-foot-8, I am undersized for the position I play and so therefore I was overlooked. It didn’t discourage me though it only encouraged me to prove to everyone that no matter how tall you are, you can still be great!
What do you enjoy doing outside of volleyball and school?
JS: I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, but most of all I love sleeping!
Do you have any pets? What are their names and what role do they play in your life?
JS: I have one dog. She’s a golden retriever named Sandy and she taught me responsibility! Taking care of her showed me a quick glimpse into the future of what having kids and a job would be like! Sooner or later, there will be things and people that I have to take care of!
What is something most people might not know about you?
JS: I REALLY enjoying singing even though sometimes I sound like a complete train wreck!
What would you most like to be known for as a UT Arlington volleyball player?
JS: I would be like to know as the one girl who always made people laugh and smile and the person who always had a smile on their face!
What advice would you give to a young girl who would like to one day be in your shoes?
JS: NEVER give up on your dreams! You can do anything you put your mind to!
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