WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek announced the signing of Sydney Brock (North Richland, Texas/Richland) and Sarah Kelly (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) to National Letters-of-Intent during the fall signing period on Monday.

Brock and Kelly will join the team as freshmen for the 2014 season.

“After having a tremendous 2013 season I couldn’t be more excited about our first two 2014 signees,” said Bambenek, who recently completed her fifth season with the program. “We will be graduating some key positions in the middle and right side and feel that Sydney and Sarah will be game ready as freshmen to make an impact. Both have the experience of playing open-level club volleyball and both have the work ethic to continue to grow as athletes and help our program reach even more success.”

Complete bio information and comments from Coach Bambenek on both players can be found below. 

Sydney Brock |6-0 | MB | North Richland, Texas | Richland | Tejas VBC

Sydney Brock Photo Gallery

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time First-Team All-District and District Blocker-of-the-Year honoree … Academic All-District and Academic All-State selection following 2013 season … Averaged 3.71 kills, 3.50 digs and .90 blocks per set during senior season … Posted 3.48 kills, 1.80 digs and 0.28 blocks per frame during 2012 campaign … Averaged 2.49 kills and 0.85 blocks per set during 2011 season … Member of school’s 1,000-kills club … Named a top 100 player to watch by Vype Magazine … Also plays basketball at Richland … Four-time First-Team All-District and Academic All-District selection for basketball … Named District Offensive and Defensive MVP for basketball following 2012-13 season … Member of National Honor Society and Student Council at Richland.  

CLUB: Plays for Tejas VB … ... Helped U17 and U15 squads qualify in open level for Junior Olympic National Championship with fourth-place finishes in respective Kansas City Show-Me qualifiers … Helped U16 team win regionals and earn a national level bid to Junior Olympics Championship.

Bambenek on Brock: “Sydney is a great all around fit for our university and volleyball family. Her hustle and competitive nature caught our attention, but her ability to block and attack with speed and consistency will add another dimension to our offense.  Sydney will have an opportunity to showcase her skills and versatility right away as a middle and right side attacker.”

Sarah Kelly | 6-1 | MB | Raleigh, N.C. | Leesville Road | Triangle VBC

Sarah Kelly Photo Album

HIGH SCHOOL:  Three-year letterwinner at Leesville … 2013 First-Team All-Cap 8 selection after leading Lions to NCHSAA State Championship appearance … Posted 221 kills, 60 total blocks and a .378 hitting percentage during 2013 season … Served as team captain for senior season … Honorable Mention All-Cap 8 pick in 2012 after finishing with 232 kills and 61 total blocks … Guided Leesville Road to 27-1 overall record, Capital 8 Conference Championship and Class 4A State runner-up finish during 2012 campaign ... Tallied 148 kills and 63 total blocks during 2011 season, helping Lions reach third round of NCHSAA Class 4A State Championship … Three-year member of the honor roll program at Leesville Road.

CLUB: Plays for Triangle VBC … Led U17 squad to third-place finish in Monument City Classic … Guided U16 & U15 teams to First-Place finishes in regional championships … Helped U15 & U14 squads qualify for nationals.

Bambenek on Kelly: “Sarah is a phenomenal in-state prospect and we are thrilled to continue a successful trend of strong North Carolina recruiting.   One of our team strength this season was blocking, which is Sarah’s most impressive skill.  She has grown into a dynamic athlete this past year and we feel Sarah’s future as a Seahawk is very bright.”