DICKINSON, ND- DSU Head Volleyball Coach, Jennifer Hartman, is pleased to announce the signing of Sierra Pica from Butte Central High School in Butte, Montana.
Shortly after helping her Butte Central basketball team post a huge victory over Hamilton Saturday night, Sierra Pica officially became a Blue Hawk.
The Butte Central senior committed to play volleyball at Dickinson State. On Saturday night, she made it official, signing with coach Jen Hartman’s Blue Hawks.
The Dickinson State coach attended Saturday’s basketball game in which Pica scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked two shots as the Maroons knocked off Hamilton 47-38 at the Maroon Activities Center.
Pica has been a key contributor for the BC basketball team, which fell to Hamilton in the state title game last year, since she was a freshman.
Volleyball, though, is the sport for Pica, who will take her powerful left arm to Dickinson State. She was a four-year starter for the Maroons.
As a senior, she was a key hitter for a BC team that won the Southwestern A regular-season title and played on Saturday of the state tournament.
“I really want to play volleyball,” Pica said, adding that she will receive a scholarship to play for the Blue Hawks. “They have a really good nursing program over there. That is a plus.”
Butte Central coach Becky Hancoack, who played at the NAIA level for Montana Tech, called the 5-foot-10 Pica the best right-side hitter in team history.
“Sierra has come so far as a volleyball player,” Hancock said. “She has been a part of the varsity squad since her freshman year, and has been a huge force for us.”
Hancock said Pica began to really blossom on the volleyball court late in her junior season. That came after she missed much of the campaign with a broken collarbone suffered during summer basketball.
“The positive attitude, character, competitiveness and mental toughness she started to showcase was unreal,” Hancoack said.
As the Maroons entered 2015, Pica was on top of her game, and the Maroons responded with the best season in team history.
“The 5-10 right-side lefty became a force for us and our secret weapon,” Hancock said of Pica, a co-captain. “It was so much fun to watch her play and even a great honor to coach her.”
Pica said team chemistry is something that sets volleyball apart from basketball, a sport in which she was also a college prospect.
“It’s completely different from basketball,” Pica said. “It’s more fun.”
The Blue Hawks went 6-26 overall in 2015, the first season under Hartman.
Hancock said the Blue Hawks just got a great player to help Hartman turn the program around.
“I know she is going to be a solid addition to their program, and I am so excited to see what she does at the college level,” Hancock said. “Knowing Sierra, it will be nothing short of amazing.”
Article courtesy of Butte Sports