WSSU's Holland Named CIAA Co-Woman of the Year


CHARLOTTE, NC – After a stellar collegiate career, Winston-Salem State University volleyball player Sydney Holland won one of the highest conference honors when she was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Woman of the Year along with Fayetteville State's Alicia Ortiz.

"I'm really grateful for this honor," Holland said. "I couldn't have done it without the support of my family, great teammates, and the staff at Winston-Salem State University.

The honor caps an historic career for Holland. She began her career by being named the CIAA Rookie of the Year before earning spots on the All-CIAA team three times during her career. She was also a member of a pair of CIAA volleyball championship teams, including the first in school history in 2015 and leading the team in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. After winning another CIAA championship in 2017, she was also honored as the 2018 Mary Garber Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Statistically, Holland finishes her career as the Winston-Salem State University career leader with 848 digs. She also ranked fourth in career kills (861) and eighth in matches played (121).

She was impactful off the court as well as she made the Dean's List in all four years of study at on her way to becoming a Cum Laude graduate with a 3.14 GPA. She was also prominent in the community, spending four years as a youth mentor at elementary schools I the area and she also served as a youth volleyball coach and she was a WSSU Project Give volunteer.

With the honor, Holland and Ortiz will both represent the CIAA as considerations for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. For more information on Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to