Volleyball: Getting to know Sunlake’s Maddie Snider

Maddie Snider has averaged more than 260 kills each of the past three seasons and led Bishop McLaughlin to the playoffs every year during that span (2019-21). 

Her ability to compile impressive stats – and wins – made her a coveted college prospect. Snider already set her future in motion by committing to Florida State, the same school where former Bishop McLaughlin teammate Audrey Koenig attends. The plan is for Snider to graduate early and join the Seminoles in January. 

Before that, Snider will finish her high school career with a new school. She transferred to Sunlake in the offseason and is part of a talented team that returns the bulk of its starting lineup. 

On Monday, the first day of practice for fall sports, Snider talked about the versatility with her hands, her affection for all things related to Marvel and Star Wars and her religious values. 

Ambidextrous athlete

Snider writes with her right hand and plays volleyball prominently with her left hand. Her first tryout in volleyball did not go well because she had yet to  discover that she was ambidextrous. The diagnosis was discovered soon after when Snider was tested for her dominant eye to participate in archery.

May the force be with you

Off the court, Snider enjoys anything that has to do with Star Wars or Marvel. It was something she said helped her bond with her father. Snider’s favorite Marvel movie is Captain America: Winter Soldier and her favorite Marvel character is Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff. As for Star Wars, her favorite movie is Rogue One and her favorite character is Ahsoka Tano. 

Keeping the faith

Snider has attended Idlewild Church since the first grade. Her strong faith is with her on the court via Bible verses that she writes on her shoes or her knee pads. The verse used most often. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.