SANBORN — Finger Lakes Community College freshman Ryenn Smith was named the Region 3 Player of the Year for women’s volleyball at the NJCAA Region 3 Championship. She is the first Laker in school history to earn the honor.
Smith was also named to the first-team All-Region 3 team. She is the second Laker to earn the first-team honor, joining Alysha LaDuke who was first team in 2011.
Smith came to FLCC from Lyons High School where she was a multi-sport standout. She was named the county player of the year twice. She continued her success this season for the Lakers. The outside hitter broke the school single-season record for kills and digs (464). She amassed 604 kills this season, which leads the nation. Smith also leads Region 3 and is fourth in the nation in kills per set with 4.36.
"Individual awards are always great. Ryenn has stepped in from day one and contributed for us," said Lakers head coach Matt Barr. "What makes her a special player though is how she has kept the focus on the team success and been a leader, even as a freshman."
The Lakers’ season came to an end after failing to advance past the pool play round of the regional tournament. However, they ended the season with the second-most wins in school history. Barr, a first-year coach, will only lose two of his players to graduation and return five of his six starters from this year’s tournament roster. Barr coached Smith at Lyons last fall.