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Apr 21, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Sarah (Morton) Della Pia

Class of 2006, Volleyball & Basketballl

Sarah Morton Della Pia, is amongst the best female athletes that have ever graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. At BH-BL, Sarah was a four year starter on both the volleyball and basketball teams. As a student-athlete Sarah received numerous awards. Some of her accolades in high school include: Channel 13 Basketball Player of the Year, 1000 career kills in volleyball, Gatorade NY State Volleyball Player of the Year and BH-BL female scholar athlete. Sarah, however, views her most prestigious awards as being a member of three high school volleyball state championship teams and one basketball state finalist team.

She continued her volleyball career playing volleyball at the Division I level at Syracuse University, and was a 2010 graduate with a major in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. She gained numerous academic and athletic honors while at Syracuse University, gaining Co-SIDA/ESPN The Magazine honors, and she was a First-Team Academic All-American. Sarah capped off her illustrious collegiate career by establishing herself as the best blocker ever to don the Orange. She set Syracuse career records in solo blocks (196), block assists (458), total blocks (654) and blocks per set and (1.35) during her senior season. She also set single-season records for total blocks and blocks per set (1.55) in 2009 and owns the single season record for solo blocks (72), which she set in 2007. As a senior co-captain , Sarah led the Orange at the net both offensively and defensively, leading the NCAA in the nation in total blocks (186) and solo blocks (52) through the entire 13 weeks of the season, while ranking fourth nationally with 1.55 blocks per set. A two-time first team All-Big East honoree, Morton earned Blocker of the Year honors following the 2009 season. Sarah was a three-time Big East All-Academic selection, and was given the 2010 Soladay Award, the highest honor for a Syracuse student-athlete.

After being invited to the U.S. National Team tryout in Colorado, Morton connected with an agent to pursue the possibility of playing overseas. Sarah chose to join Saint Raphaels, based in the south of France. In 2012, Sarah was the assistant coach at Clarkson University and helped guide the program to its first ever NCAA Elite 8 appearance in the history of the University.

Her greatest joys are her children Stephen and Julia and her husband John. She now currently resides in Del Rio, Texas.