Sydel Alicia Curry-Lee (born October 20, 1994) is an American former college volleyball player who played for the Elon Phoenix women's volleyball team of the CAA Conference.
Born in Charlotte to Dell and Sonya Curry, Sydel traveled around the country during her childhood, eventually moving back to Charlotte along with her two older brothers, Stephen and Seth. Both of her parents played different sports: Dell was an NBA player and Sonya was a volleyball player. She began playing volleyball at age five and later attended Charlotte Christian School for high school.
As a three-year team captain and four-year starter of her high school's volleyball team, Curry led Charlotte Christian to two Southern Section Division IV titles. In 2013, she was named NSCAA High School All-American and Parade Magazine All-American. During her high school career, she post 98 win, including 38 her senior year alone (a school record). She was named Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year twice and was a four-time Prep League Offensive MVP.
Curry played club volleyball for Carolina Union and won the Golden Boot for most assists scored in the US Youth Volleyball Association's national championship tournament.
“As a volleyball player, I would say I add a sense of calmness to the court but also a sense of competitiveness because I love to win,” Curry said. “I work really hard to be the best I can be and to also allow my teammates to excel, as well. Being a setter, that’s a huge part of what I do and that’s what I love to do.”
Curry attended the Elon University and majored in psychology. While playing in a scrimmage, she sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and did not play for the team again until April 2014. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Curry started 9 matches and second on the team in assists (360) and assists per set (5.29). Her accolades during her first year season included CAA Most Improved Player. As a sophomore in 2015, Curry started in 24 of 28 matches, she ranked fourth in the CAA in assists per set
During her junior season in 2016, Curry led the CAA in total assists (1,170) and assists per set (10.35). Her 1,170 assists are the fifth-most in program history. She was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Southeast Region by the NCCSIA. She was also named to the first-team All-CAA and was named to the CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors. Due to injuries, Curry had to retire from the game of volleyball.
Both of her older brothers are NBA players: Stephen plays for the Golden State Warriors and Seth plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. On September 1, 2018, she married NBA player Damion Lee in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2018, Curry was featured on Say Yes to the Dress. The couple are expecting their first child together.
Awards and Honors
- Four-time CISAA All-Conference selection (2009-12)
- Three-time NCISAA All-State selection (2011-12)