Former Sissonville High standout Kaitlin Snyder has had quite the collegiate career for Fairmont State.
Snyder made the West Virginia Conference all-freshman team in 2009 and was a key member of the FSU team that won the conference tournament that same season.
Her sophomore season, Snyder was a WVC All-West Virginia Conference first-team selection. Last season, she received the highest honor in the league being named the Player of the Year.
Those two seasons saw great individual accomplishments for Snyder, but the Falcons were no higher than fifth in the regular season and advanced no further than the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Now a senior, Snyder hopes to end her career with the Falcons the way she started with a deep run in the league tournament and possibly a second championship.
"The conference tournament is very important," Snyder said. "I think we have a good enough team to do it and perform the way we need to. Our coaches are going to prepare us no matter what. We are looking forward to it."
Fairmont is the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a 19-9 overall record and 16-6 mark in the conference. The Falcons begin their quest tonight when they host No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit (8-18, 5-17) in the first round.
The third seed is the highest Fairmont has been in Snyder's four seasons, including the tournament championship victory in '08.
Snyder believes the higher seed will be a very good thing for the Falcons, especially mentally.
"Regardless of who you play, you have to be both mentally and physically prepared to win and move on to the next game. That's the sole purpose of postseason play," she said. "As a third seed it better positions us to play a lower seed and move on through the tournament."
Snyder is proud of her accomplishments so far.