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HOUSTON - It was a busy Wednesday at Concordia Lutheran as the first National Signing Day of the 2021-2022 season took place.
Seniors put pen to paper to sign to their respective college choices. At Concordia Lutheran it was an impressive group as a trio of volleyball stars and two baseball standouts signed.
For volleyball, Addy Polk signed to Saint Louis University, Sophia Keene signed to Baylor and Sydney Whitfield inked with Liberty University. On the baseball diamond, TCU and Arkansas got a boost to their respective pitching staffs as Jax Traeger inked with the Horned Frogs and Sean Fitzpatrick with the Razorbacks.
Concordia Lutheran Volleyball
Is this the year that Concordia Lutheran finally punches through the championship ceiling?
The Crusaders' volleyball program has made it a tradition to advance to the TAPPS Final Four, reaching the State Semifinals in three of the last four seasons and played for the TAPPS 6A state title in 2018.
The Crusaders will look a little different in 2021 as they say goodbye to Brooke Frazier (Texas A&M), who was a four-year starter for them. Returning is a solid group led by first-team, all-state pick Sophia Keene (Baylor- commit) and second-team, all-state selection Sydney Whitfield (Liberty University- commit).
Other key returners include a trio of second- team, all-district picks in Addy Polk (Saint Louis University), Faith Wilkins and Emma Wolf. Also watch out for senior right-side hitter Anna Schatz and senior middle blocker Haley Manjack.
The Crusaders will be under new leadership in 2021 as Brandon Smeltzer takes over the program.