High School: Arrives in Greensboro after a decorated prep career at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Va. where she was an outside hitter for the Knights for four seasons... Helped Kellam to an unprecedented three-straight Virginia AAA state championships from 2010-12 while the Knights were 109-11 in her four years at the school ... As a sophomore, earned honorable mention all-district and all-region honors before following with first-team All-Beach District, All-Region, All-Tidewater and All-State selections in 2011 and 2012 ... Was also tabbed a highest honorable mention All-America selection by Prep Volleyball and garnered recognition on the Hardest Hitter list for the state of Virginia ... In 2012, helped Kellam to a 32-2 overall record and a No. 1 Virginia state ranking hitting .348 with 306 kills while adding 263 digs, 61 aces and 28 blocks ... Posted double-digit kills in 15 matches, including a 19-kill performance against Ocean Lakes High School ... Also racked up 10 or more digs in 10 contests with 17 in a 3-2 victory over Atlee in the state championship match.
Club: Competed for the Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club for eight seasons under head coach Dave Albaugh ...Helped the squad capture the 18 open division title at the 2013 Capitol Hill Classic - defeating powerhouse Metro American by a 2-0 (25-15, 25-22) scoreline.
Personal: Sydney Elizabeth Darden ... Born June 18, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Va. ... Daughter of David (Trip) and Karen Darden ... Intends to major in marketing upon enrollment at UNCG.