Sarah Della Pia (Morton) Athletes For College Evaluator
Sarah Della Pia (Morton)
Sarah Della Pia (Morton), a native of Burnt Hills, NY and a 2010 graduate of Syracuse University with a
major in Public Health and a minor in Psychology, gained numerous academic and athletic honors while
with at Syracuse University, gaining Co-SIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American
Sarah Morton, a 6-1 middle blocker, 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 (1.35) during her senior season. The Burnt Hills, N.Y. native
also set single-season records for total blocks and blocks per set (1.55) in 2009 and owns the singleseason
record for solo blocks (72), which she set in 2007.
As a senior co-captain, Morton led the Orange at the net both offensively and defensively, leading the
NCAA 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. Morton led the Orange with 379 kills, averaging 3.16 kills per set
and ranked fifth in the BIG EAST with 4.46 points per set average. A two-time first team All-BIG EAST honoree,
Morton earned CVU.com Blocker of the Year honors following the 2009 season.
After being invited to the U.S. National Team tryout in Colorado, Morton connected with an agent to pursue the possibility of playing
overseas. She garnered interest from teams throughout Europe and ultimately the decision came down to France and Germany.
Morton chose to join Saint Raphaels, based in the south of France.
Off the court, Morton also excelled in the classroom and in the community during her four years at Syracuse.
A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic selection, Morton was named to the Athletic Director's Honor
Roll all eight semesters at Syracuse. In May, Morton was announced as the 2010 Soladay Award winner,
the highest honor for a Syracuse student-athlete. She graduated with a degree in health and wellness.
In 2012, Sarah was the assistant coach at Clarkson University and helped guide the program to it's first
ever NCAA elite 8 appearance in the history of the University. She now currently resides in Del Rio, Texas
with her husband, and they are currently awaiting the birth of their first son.