Sydney Sevigny

Sydney Sevigny was not forecast to be the best player on the Falmouth High School volleyball team when her high school career started. Way back then it was not even a sure thing that she’d be a contributor on the varsity team. As a freshman she had just started learning the game.

By senior year, Sydney was certainly the most well-rounded player on the Clippers’ roster and someone the team relied on every day to bring the goods to make the team better. Coach Ernie Holcomb was very complimentary of his team’s senior co-captain, saying that “she drives us.”

Sydney is the daughter of Roy Sevigny and Courtney and Ken Briggs. She has three younger siblings. Her favorite classes in school are her business classes, because she thinks that they will pave the way to her future. She calls herself an average student but has a pretty keen perspective on things, saying, “Even though I’m not the highest-achieving student, I do try my best and am still able to be on top of my grades while maintaining a sport.”

In her spare time Sydney works part time at Dunkin’ Donuts, and that’s good because her most-prized possession is coffee, saying she can’t live without it. Sydney’s favorite TV show is “Shameless” and “Titanic” is her favorite movie. Doja Cat is her favorite recording artist. Her go-to meal is pasta.

How did you get involved with volleyball? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?

I was a competitive gymnast for a long period of time, and it was really tearing me mentally. I decided it was time to start something new. Being tall, volleyball was a good fit. I started at a club team for Cape Cod juniors, in 8th grade. I then tried out for high school volleyball when I became a freshman. I made JV my freshman year, and then varsity sophomore, junior and senior years. I always wanted to be a setter when I first started out, but clearly, it wasn’t meant to be. I am a middle hitter and blocker, which can be a difficult position to play. I love playing volleyball and I’m so glad I picked it up.

Your season just came to an end. How do you feel about how the season went for yourself, and the Clippers?

We fought really hard all season, fighting for every point we could possibly get. The effort was there, and we had a great team this year. Even though we lost multiple seniors last year, we still had a strong team. Sometimes we lacked hope, but with effort and some pep talks before games, we still came out powerful. I definitely improved a lot throughout the season. My serving became more consistent, and my hits were more powerful each time. I’m proud of my team and myself for how far we have come.

How do you think your game as a volleyball player has evolved over the years?

I’ve 100 percent improved as a player and as a person over the years. My hitting and passing skills have improved a lot throughout the season. I was always a front row (player) throughout my career, and my senior year I finally became an all-around player. Passing wasn’t new to me. I knew how to do it, but I had never actually played back row. I picked it up quickly, making sure I was covering and passing to the setter. I’m proud that I was able to represent my team by making strong plays all around.

The team just participated in the state tournament. Emotionally, are tournament games different than regular-season contests?

I’m so proud of my team and I’m glad we were able to make it to the tournament. Even though we lost the first game, the fact we made it is all that mattered to me. The tournament game had everyone on the edge of their seats. Before we got off the bus, I remember everyone saying how fast their heart was pounding and how nervous they were. I reminded them to treat it like another game, but to play the hardest they could, and that we weren’t going down without a fight.

Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about volleyball that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?

A lot of people think volleyball is a simple sport: get the ball over to the other side and don’t let it touch the ground. Most people don’t even know there are actual positions, which surprises me as well. People need to understand that every position matters, even if you’re on the bench. My friends and teammates on the bench make calls to tell us either if the ball is in, or out. It’s important they let us know because sometimes we can’t tell, being on the court. Like I said every position matters and there is a lot of team effort that goes into every play in the game.

What do you think a scouting report would say about you?

I’m a determined, focused person and can learn to improve and strengthen the skills I already have. I’m always looking to better myself and the outcomes say it all. I am not the same player as I was my freshman year. In my stats, you will see how I went from a couple of kills per game to multiple.

Of all the games that you have ever played in, is there one that stands out as the best? Why?

One game that will always stand out to me is the game we played at Cardinal Spellman. Even though we lost, it was a close game the whole time. We played our hardest and fought for every single point. We were able to win one set out of the four. What I will always remember is the effort that took place. We were excited and hopeful throughout the whole game. What a lot of people don’t realize is that during our games against other teams, a lot of spectators will taunt us, and try to bring us down with their words. This happened countless times throughout the game. They were screaming at us during our serve, calling us weak, telling us to go home. We still showed up and proved everybody wrong.

Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?

The best teammate I have worked with is Anna Fernandez. She was actually the one that told my coach to let me play back row. She saw the potential in me, and that’s how I became an all-around player, thanks to her. I would have never known my true potential as a volleyball player, and never would have stepped foot in the back row. She’s beside me during rotation, in the back row and the front. She never would get mad at me, or upset, if I had made a mistake. If we weren’t doing too well in a game, we both would always reassure each other that it was going to be okay and to “shake it off.” She has also helped me understand the back row, and I am so thankful that she is on my team.

Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?

The assistant varsity coach, Coach Sobel, has helped improve my skills my junior year. She did not come back my senior year because she had a baby. She had told us that she played in college, and she even played for Coach Holcomb back when she was in high school. She always believed in me and knew I was capable of becoming a stronger player. She has helped me improve my skills a lot and taught me things I wouldn’t have known without her help. Even though she was in the life for a short period of time, the impact she had on me was long-term.

Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?

Before I serve, I hit the ball twice and I spin it twice, It’s just a little routine I like to do before my serve to keep myself moving. Whenever there is a delay or I do more than one spin or hit, I usually end up serving out.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?

The most important thing I’ve learned is that when you mess up, you have to pick yourself up and move on. You can’t dwell on that one thing you messed up on when you have the rest of the game to get through. I have figured out that if you keep putting yourself down when you mess up, it messes up the rest of the game. Instead of getting down on myself, I reflect on what I did wrong and know what I have to do for the next time I’m in the situation by telling myself that it’s okay to make mistakes and that I will fix it for the next time.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

The superpower I would have is the power to turn back time and fix or prevent something from happening. If I could do that, I would have better outcomes than I did the first time because I would have known what was coming.

Is there anyone that you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my teammates, for always being there and telling me everything is going to be okay. If I was having a rough day, they would always check in on me, and I could talk to some of them about what I was going through. I am also grateful for my mom, for showing up to almost all of my games. She is a very sports-affiliated person and she loves watching me play and I thank her for her love and support.

What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back what advice would you give to your freshman self?

The biggest difference between freshman and senior me is the confidence I have now. I was a people-pleaser my freshman year, constantly trying to live up to everybody’s standards. Now as a senior, seeing how it doesn’t matter how hard you try to do what everybody’s doing, I realize that it’s important to be yourself. I stand up for myself and others and I would tell my freshman self to do the same. To not let people’s words get to you, and not bring you down.

What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?

As I mentioned before, I was a competitive gymnast for a long period of my life and I was always at the gym. It was a big part of my life that I will always have with me. I left when I made it all the way to level 8. Gymnastics has shaped me into the person I am today. It has taught me to be independent and to be competitive. I stopped because it was taking a toll on my mental health, but to this day I wonder what it would be like to pick it up again.

If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?

Elon Musk, because I would want to see how it would feel to be the richest person in the world, and what it would be like to be him, to have endless amounts of money to do whatever I wanted.

Describe your idea of the perfect day.

First I wake up, eat a nice snack and head to the gym. After my workout I would go home and get ready for the day. Then I would go out to breakfast somewhere. After breakfast I would head to Braintree Mall to go shopping and get some lunch at the mall. After shopping I would go to Dave and Buster’s to play some games. After I would go out to dinner to the Cheesecake Factory. Then I would go home and go to bed.

What are your post-high school plans?

My plans after high school are to attend a four-year college in business marketing (or management—haven’t decided yet) and maybe look into getting into real estate. But the end goal would be getting into sales, and or a marketing career.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself hopefully not in Massachusetts, but somewhere else, I’m not sure where yet. But I have my career in place, I’m financially stable and living my life. Maybe I’m married, but I definitely don’t have kids yet. I’m not sure what the future will hold in the end, but I’m sure it will be full of experiences.

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