Senior Janelle Sykes Named Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week

JUST THE FACTS: The senior from Clifton, Va. had an excellent performance over the weekend in the VCU Invitational, averaging 3.54 kills and 1.23 blocks over the weekend as her and her teammates put on a dominant showing, culminating in a thrilling victory over Virginia. In that match against the Cavaliers, Sykes blasted a career-high 20 kills, including eight in the pivotal fifth set.

 

AFTER STARTING THE SEASON WITH A LONG ROAD TRIP, WHAT DID IT MEAN TO THE TEAM TO COME BACK HOME AND HAVE THE KIND OF PERFORMANCE THAT YOU HAD? I think it was a great start to the season opening up at home. It was great to get the freshman out 

there and experience the home crowd and the environment and to see how excited Richmond is about VCU volleyball. We had a big turnout at the UVA game which was a lot of fun. It's always a lot of fun to play at home.

HOW DID THAT PERFORMANCE SET THE TONE FOR CONFERENCE PLAY? It shows that we're ready. We had a really tough non-conference schedule, our record shows losses but we showed a lot of progress. We're making strides and I think we showed that this weekend. We're excited.

 
AFTER SUCH A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON KEEPING UP THIS LEVEL OF PLAY FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? Honestly I'm not going to think about it too much. I'm just going to keep moving forward and working hard in the weight room and on the court and keep pushing my team to be better. I'm nothing without them. They make me a better player. I have an awesome setter, she makes me look really good. I'm nothing without my team, and we're all just going to have to keep working hard.
 

WHERE DOES THIS WEEKEND RANK IN YOUR VOLLEYBALL CAREER? I'd say it's right at the top. It was a really fun weekend, it was all very exciting.

 

PRE-GAME RITUALS: I pray. When the National Anthem is going on I'm always praying.

 

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Kerri Walsh

 

FAVORITE MOVIE: Madagascar

 

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN RICHMOND: Can Can

 

BEST WAY TO SPEND A DAY OFF: I like to get ready for the week, I run errands, chill, watch Netflix.

 

DREAM VACATION SPOT: Hawaii

 

IN 10 YEARS, I'LL BE: Finished with grad school and working as a physical therapist.