Glastonbury High School senior Jordyn Mik is a first generation volleyball player.
Mik, who will graduate next June, didn’t have any volleyball influences growing up and started playing on a whim with friends for a small club at Smith Middle School.
Now that decision is paying off.
“I’d like to verbally announce my commitment to Keene State volleyball,” Mik posted on social media in September. “This super long journey of playing this sport made me make so many new friends and travel all over to compete. I want to thank my family members, my coaches, and my friends for helping me get to where I am now.”
Mik made her decision official in November, signing her Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and academic career at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
“Keene State was my top choice,” said Mik, who was sold after meeting with the coaching staff and players. “I ended up really loving it.”
Glastonbury volleyball coach Melissa Reynolds said that Mik’s presence around the net should allow her to succeed at the next level, adding, “Jordyn is one of the most athletic players that we have; she can jump out of the gym.”
Prior to this year, Mik wasn’t sure she wanted to continue playing in college, but she soon realized how much the sport has become part of her life.
Along with being a four year member of the high school team, she has also played club volleyball for Husky Volleyball Club in Windsor for the past five years. When she’s not playing regulation volleyball, she finds herself playing beach volleyball or in the yard.
“It’s been a pretty huge part of my life. I basically fell in love with the sport,” added Mik. “I have created the greatest of friends and met the best of coaches in this journey.”
She said this season has really deepened her passion for the sport, calling her senior year the best of yet.
Mik, a middle hitter, was part of a powerful front line at GHS. This fall, she finished second on the team in blocks, posting 49 total rejections, including a career-high 11 in a match vs RHAM on Oct. 19.
Reynold said that Mik was selected at with the Most Improved Player this fall.
“Her athletic ability and her real desire to get better really stood out this year,” added Reynolds. “She gained the confidence she needed on the court. That confidence combined with her athletic ability made her a force at the net.”
Mik was one of eight inseparable seniors that helped lead the Guardians to 15 wins.
“I’ve been able to get closer with them and be friends with them outside of volleyball,” Mik said of the 2022 team. “We are all really tight and it was very fun,”
In the little time that she does have away from volleyball, Mik unwinds by drawing, which she said helps her relax.
For Mik, who grew up in Glastonbury her entire life, the relocation to New Hampshire is welcomed change, saying that the independence and distance from home is an ideal mixture.
“I’m actually very excited,” added Mik. “I want to meet new people and expand and grow.”
She’ll join an Owls’ team led by longtime coach Bob Weiner, who has been guiding the program for nearly two decades.
Mik said the coaching staff was one of the main things that attracted her to the school.
The Owls play in the Little East Conference, which also featured Easter Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University, so she’ll have some have opportunities to compete in Connecticut over the next four years.
Mik plans on majoring in Marketing and Communication.
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