Dec. 21, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Highly-touted Florida State incoming freshmen volleyball players Sarah Burrington and Nicole Walch were honored as high school All-Americans today, announced by ESPNHS as well as MaxPreps.com.
Both future student-athletes comprise an incoming recruiting class that has been tabbed as one of the nation’s best, featuring four players in the Top 53 of Prepvolleyball.com’s senior class rankings. Burrington, a tremendous middle blocker from Riverview, Fla., was selected as an ESPNHS Second-Team All-American while Walch, an outside hitter from Stuart, Fla., was named a MaxPreps Second-Team All-American.
“I’m very proud of all four of our signees,” head coach Chris Poole said. “All four continue to get recognized through different services. I’m proud of Nicole for leading her team to a state championship, and also excited about her addition to our team in January. It will be exciting to see her on campus as we start working with her, and she’s got an extremely bright future ahead.
“Sarah is a late bloomer in volleyball,” Poole added. “Her first serious volleyball competition was as a ninth grader. It is incredible to see how far she has come. Her potential is very great to be one of the top attackers in the country. She has `big time’ written all over her.”
Burrington is regarded as one of the top middle blockers in the 2012 class, and is known for her extreme mobility that can be uncommon for someone with a 6-foot-5 frame. She led Riverview High to the 7A-Region 2 quarterfinals and finished with an impressive 26 kills in her final match.
Burrington was one of just 24 players named as an Under Armour Girls High School First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and was able to compete in last Friday’s Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Walch’s honor comes after she led her Martin County High squad to a Florida Class 7A state championship. Walch, who will enroll early at FSU in January and join her older sister Elise, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 7A State Player of the Year. She finished her remarkable senior season with 623 kills, 45 service aces, 32 blocks and 256 digs, just one year after she led all of Florida in kills as a junior.
In November, Walch was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She possesses a powerful attack and will look to contribute in an FSU uniform right away.
Joining Burrington and Walch as part of FSU’s heralded freshmen class are outside hitter Leah Mikesky (Schulenburg, Texas/Schulenburg HS) and middle blocker Mara Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy).
The Seminole volleyball program is coming off a historic 2011 season in which it reached its first ever NCAA national semifinal and finished with its highest national ranking in the AVCA final poll, earning a No. 7 spot.