Nov. 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sand volleyball head coach Danalee Corso announced the signing of a pair of decorated players, Sierra Sanchez and Julia Thompson, from the Class of 2013 on Wednesday.
“I am thrilled with the quality of player we are getting for this recruiting class,” Corso said. “We kept the class very small and chose the best players that had solid indoor and sand experience. Both have experience with the USA Junior Beach National Team, as well. Julia and Sierra are capable of playing both blocker and defender positions. Additionally, they are also exceptional students. These two are exactly who we were looking for to join the Seminole family, and we looked hard to find them and are so excited they are coming to play for us.”
Sanchez, who stars on the beach and on the indoor team at Valencia High School, was named to the 2012 USA Beach Volleyball 19-under A1 squad and led her prep squad to the first-ever Southern California high school beach volleyball championship in May.
Teaming with Delaney Knudsen, Sanchez went undefeated during the inaugural Southern Pacific League beach schedule.
In indoor volleyball this fall, she was named to the All-Tournament team at the Nike Tournament of Champions in October and was an All-Foothill League First Team selection, tallying 355 kills and 329 digs.
Thompson, a Barrington (Ill.) High School product, didn’t start playing sand volleyball competitively until 2011, but won the 16-under USA Beach Junior Tour National Championship in Chicago in July 2011 with partner Emily Casaletto. The pair also finished third at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans in 2011. She attended the USA U19 High Performance Beach Championships in 2012.
A member of the Sky High Volleyball Club, Thompson was named an AAU Indoor All-American and won an AAU National Championship in the 17 Club Division. She also is a three-time all-state and all-conference honoree and led Valencia to the Mid-Suburban League Conference Championship in 2011.
The Seminoles are coming off a 2012 campaign in which they finished third at the first-ever AVCA National Championships and went 15-0 in regular season dual play in the first year of collegiate competition for the sport.
The 2013 season kicks off on March 10 when FSU faces Southern California and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif.