As one of RSC’s defensive specialists, Skylar Sisson gave me some insight into her first season with the Women’s Volleyball team.
Sisson began her career at age four. Sisson played for fun until she was 12, just playing on the beach or in her backyard with family and friends. “This is where I developed my love for the sport, it was always just so fun”, Sisson tells me. Sisson said she didn’t want to be the same as her entire family, playing classic soccer and softball like her mom, she wanted to stand out and be the wildcard.
Sisson has played for a variety of travel teams as well, Schuylerville and for Saratoga Thoroughbreds. With volleyball being a fall sport, Sisson enjoyed playing both for school and travel teams throughout the winter.
Sisson’s favorite skill she’s developed is serving, and it’s one of her strengths. “Serving is not just trying to get it over the net, it’s finding an open or weak spot and killing the other team,” Sisson told me.
I asked her as well because she got to play during the fall of 2019, what it felt like playing for college in the spring versus high school in the fall. Sisson told me, “Between high school and college, college is so much faster in pace. The opposing players actually train instead of joining the team for fun,” said Sisson.
I mentioned as well how much of a commitment I perceived a college sport to be. Sisson responded with, “Grades come first, but especially with a sport. The minimum GPA here is 3.0 so that’s something that drives me to work really hard. A regular season has 30 games, I am kind of nervous for a full season next year, I can’t lie.”
While she did choose RSC, Sisson had offers from a few other schools, some of which are in the Empire 8, Sage’s conference. “Alfred, St. John Fisher, and Saint Rose were some of my other opportunities. My mom went here and I loved the size. The professors all know me and the closeness of the community is my favorite part.”
Sisson majors in Psychology, hoping to one day run her own practice as a therapist. Sisson loves how much everyone has helped her through her life and career at Sage, and hopes to do so for others in the future.
“My coach is also like my second mother,” Sisson says. “She does yell but it’s constructive criticism. The team is very close-knit, and we are really like a family. There is not a ton of drama either, so everybody gets along.” Sisson also told me she really wanted to encourage younger girls to take a chance playing in college. She says, “If you have put in the effort for years and truly enjoy the sport, it will be just as relaxed as high school. It’s worth the effort and the thrill of winning a game is like nothing else.”
Sisson also had the opportunity to scrimmage one of her offer teams, Saint Rose. Because they are division II, Sisson was excited to finally have a good challenge in the schedule. Sisson gave me some insight, telling me, “It’s only a scrimmage, so it’s a great challenge that we all need. The drive we get about the better teams makes us so much better. I’m excited.”
While RSC didn’t have a winning season, they are excited to have a young volleyball team during the 2021 season. Sisson and the Gators will begin their training in August.