Athlete of the Week: Riley Snyder

When you think of the name Riley Snyder in the Grand Valley basketball probably comes to mind because she has averaged over 16 points a game in her career at Fruita Monument high school, but the now senior has excelled just in another sport as well.

She is this week’s athlete of the week.

Fruita Monument senior Riley Snyder is most known for her work out on the basketball floor, but it’s the sport of volleyball that has helped her become the player she is today.

“Jump training that you get in volleyball is unlike anything else and the foot work definitely is a big part of volleyball and that translates to basketball too,” said Snyder.

She spends 9 months out of the year with a basketball in hand, but when volleyball season comes around it’s an easy transition.

“She comes back to us just before tryouts and we haven’t seen her since November and it takes her about 15 minutes to kind of get back in the swing of things,” said Fruita Monument volleyball coach Bob Richardson.

Snyder’s success has translated into over thousand points in basketball and now more than thousand kills in volleyball over the past four years.

With that being said Riley has committed to play basketball next year at the air force academy and is ready to represent her country on and off the basketball court.

“I just feel like I really have a family down there, and on top of that I am honored to serve my country, so it was just a really good fit,” said Snyder.

Riley and the Fruita Monument volleyball team sit at 15-1 on the season and are hoping for another trip back to the Class 5-A State tournament.

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