DAYTON – University of Dayton volleyball head coach Tim Horsmon has announced the addition of two players for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. Grace Dynda (Perrysburg, Ohio/Notre Dame HS) and Livie Sandt (St. Louis Mo./Lutheran South) will join the Flyer family next fall.
Grace Dynda, a 5-11 outside hitter from Perrysburg, Ohio, is played her prep career at Notre Dame High School under the direction of head coach Jeff Pitzen. She helped lead the Eagles to four-consecutive district championship titles and TRAC Championship titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Dynda was named a 2018 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American, was honored as both the 2018 district and conference Player of the Year and earned All-State Second Team honors following her senior season. She set a new Notre Dame school record for kills in a season with 437 while also getting under 281 digs in 2018. Dynda also played with Toledo Volleyball Club.
“Grace has had an outstanding prep career and has a knack for scoring points,” commented Horsmon. “We’re excited to see how she evolves as an attacker in the front row as well as behind the 10′ line. We believe Grace is going to make us really deep giving us another strong six-rotation player and someone that can help us in the back row as well as a server, defender and passer.”
A 5-10 setter from St. Louis, Missouri, Livie Sandt earned four varsity letters at Lutheran High School South under head coach Carol Reinitz. She helped her team to the 2016 Missouri Class 3 State Title and a runner-up finish in both the 2017 and 2018 state championships. Sandt was the 2017 Metro League Player of the Year in addition to being named the team MVP and to the All-District and All-State First Teams. Following her sophomore season, she was named a PrepVolleyball All-American and to the All-District and All-Conference First Team in addition to the All-State Second Team. Sandt plays club ball with Rockwood Thunder Volleyball.
“Livie is really a dynamic athlete and she will bring a great deal of athleticism to the setter position,” Horsmon said. “She gets to the ball quickly and has a great feel of how to run an offense. Livie has played for winning programs and consistently been in the state championship hunt.”