June 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer team and head coach Mark Krikorian announced Thursday, June 18, their signing class for the 2009 season. The Seminoles signed seven freshmen for the upcoming season including one student-athlete who enrolled at Florida State back in the spring of this year. The newest additions to the Seminole soccer team include midfielder Tiana Brockway, midfielder Alex Crown, forward/defender Breezy Hupp, defender/midfielder Ines Jaurena, forward Nichole Mercier, midfielder Tifani Mullen and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys.
Hupp arrived on campus in January enrolling at Florida State for the spring semester. While making the quick transition from high school to college, the Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., native was active during off-season conditioning in preparation for the fall season.
“We are bringing in a very good class,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We have a lot of players who represent a lot of different playing styles, but all of them are quality, elite level players. I feel we have once again done a good job of increasing our pool of depth for competition within this team.”
Here is a look at the 2009 Seminole soccer signing class:
Tiana Brockway – Midfielder, Tacoma, Wash. (Stadium)
ODP – A Region IV ODP member in 2005, participated in Region IV regional camp for five years (2004-08)…invited to U-14 ODP national camp in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts and U-16 ODP national camp in Houston, Texas in 2006…member of the Washington State ODP (2004-08)
CLUB – Member of the Emerald City 89 and FC Royals 89 teams
HIGH SCHOOL – A four-year varsity player for Stadium High School, served as team captain for three years…garnered Team MVP accolades all four years…three-time Narrows League first team honoree…garnered Narrows League Player of the Year and first team 4A All-State accolades her senior season…named an ESPN Rise Fall All-America second team member in 2008…a four-time All-Area League first team honoree.
ACADEMICS – Honor Roll student all four years at Stadium High School and a member of the National Honors Society…named Student Athlete of the Month in November of 2006.
PERSONAL – Daughter of Robert and Beth Horne…plans on majoring in psychology with a minor in biology…future aspirations include going to law school and becoming a prosecuting attorney.
Krikorian on Brockway: “Tiana is a versatile athlete. She has had a lot of success at the youth level. She has played mostly in attacking roles, but we are going to look at potentially converting her into a defender. We think she has the quality to come in and challenge for playing time from the start.”
Alex Crown – Midfielder, Orlando, Fla. (Olympia)
Played two years with the U-14 U.S. Women’s National Team…member of the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 National Teams
ODP – FYSA State Team (U-13 – U-17)…Region III pool member for three years – travel to Costa Rica and Italy for Interregionals
CLUB – Played for the Florida Rush U-17 squad…member of the 2009 state championship team…captured three straight state titles with Fidgi Haig Space Coast United (U-16, U-17, U-18)…Southern Regional semifinalist with Space Coast
HIGH SCHOOL – 2007 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America Team member…three time All-State and All-County honoree…won a district title with Olympia High School as a senior in 2009
ACADEMICS – Honor Roll student at Olympia High…graduated a year early taking all AP classes during the 2008-09 school semester
PERSONAL – Full name Alexandria Crown…daughter of Joe and Tamara Crown…plans on majoring in biology…future aspirations include becoming an orthodontist
Krikorian on Crown: “Alex is a very gifted attacking player. She has many special qualities with the ball. She is different than most players that I have come across as she has the ability and the interest in taking players 1 vs. 1. Alex is very comfortable with the ball. I expect Alex to come on campus and compete for playing time from the start.”
Breezy Hupp – Forward/Defender, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctawhatchee)
ODP – Region III pool member for two years
CLUB – Member of the Pensacola Futbol Club’s U-17 team
HIGH SCHOOL – Made school history as she led Choctawhatchee to its first Class 4A Regional quarterfinal appearance…four-time Northwest Florida All Sports Association/Daily News first team honoree…team accolades include Freshman of the Year, two-time Most Valuable Player and three-time Best Offensive Player…broke the school record for career goals with 107.
PERSONAL – Full name Sabrina Hupp…daughter of Pat and Lori Hupp…arrived on campus in January of 2009 enrolling at FSU for the spring semester…plans on majoring in nursing…older brother played four years of soccer at West Florida.
Krikorian on Hupp: “Breezy is a known commodity to us now having enrolled at Florida State in the spring. Her ability on the ball is very, very good. Her technique is good, the ability to read the play is good, her crosses and finishing quality are quite good as well. Breezy has all the attributes to be a very good Division I player. We are looking forward to getting her back here in the fall and integrating her into the team.”
Ines Jaurena – Defender/Midfielder, Charenton le pont, France
Member of the French U-17 Women’s National Team that competed in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand…started all three matches for France in leading her country to a 1-1-1 record in pool play…participated in the U-17 European Championship in 2007 and 2008…played for France in the U-18 World Cup in 2008…member of the U-19 French Women’s National Team that went 3-0-0 in the second qualifying round to clinch a spot in the finals of the 2009 U-19 European Championship which will be held in Belarus in July…started in all three games in the qualifying round.
CLUB – Played for Vga Saint-Maur
HIGH SCHOOL – Attended Lycée Louis Bascan in Rambouillet, France
PERSONAL – Daughter of Christian Jaurena and Yolande Gabelus…currently enrolled in undergraduate studies
Krikorian on Jaurena: “Ines is a very talented athlete. She played as a midfielder for her club team and with the national team she played as both a center back and an outside back. She is versatile, skillful and very athletic. She is a very smart player who we expect to make a great impact here at Florida State and to make immediate contributions.”
Nichole Mercier – Forward, Fairfax, Va. (Woodson)
ODP – Region I pool member
CLUB – Member of the Vista Shockwave
HIGH SCHOOL – Earned District Player of the Year honors as a junior, while receiving first team All-District accolades…named a second team All-District honoree as a freshman, first team All-District as a sophomore.
ACADEMICS – Honor Roll student all four years at Woodson High School…member of the Steer Club
PERSONAL – Daughter of John and Christine Mercier…currently enrolled in undergraduate studies…enjoys playing the violin and guitar…uncle is a graduate of Florida State.
Krikorian on Mercier: “Nichole is another attacking player, who is very good with the ball. She will vie for playing time as a midfield player. She has great vision on the field and has a great quality to score goals.”
Tifani Mullen – Midfielder, Tampa, Fla. (Alonso)
ODP – Region III pool member for two years…played on the FL ODP A team
CLUB – Played for the Clearwater Lightning from U-12 to U-18
HIGH SCHOOL – Earned All-Western Conference honors in all four years of high school…named second team All-Conference during her sophomore and junior years…ranked as one of the top five players in Hillsborough County by the Tampa Tribune…team captain as a junior and senior…earned Offensive MVP accolades all four years at Alonso…second team All-State as a junior and senior at Alonso High School.
ACADEMICS – Honor Roll student throughout her four-year high school career…graduated with honors…member of the yearbook staff, student government, science honors and DECA.
PERSONAL – Daughter of Rick and Sheri Mullen…plans on majoring in communications.
Krikorian on Mullen: “Tifani is a quick, clever, attacking player. She will most likely play out wide as she has the ability to take people out and beat them 1 vs. 1. She is able to maintain possession and is a good ball control type of player who has the potential to impact and change games with her attacking quality.”
Kelsey Wys – Goalkeeper, Coral Springs, Fla. (Marjory Stoneman Douglas)
U.S. U-20 National Team pool player…played for the United States in the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 National Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
CLUB – Played for the Parkland Predators (2006-09)…member of the Coral Springs Renegades squad that captured the state championship in 2005.
HIGH SCHOOL – 2009 PARADE All-American…2009 Sun Sentinel Class 6A-5A Player of the Year…2009 Miami Herald Player of the Year…2008 NSCAA Florida Player of the Year…received All-County first team honors from the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel in 2006, 2007 and 2008…claimed the Class 6A State Championship with Douglas High School in back-to-back seasons (2006 & 2007)…played for the Class 6A state finals in 2009…set the Broward County record and tied the state record for most shutouts in a season with 22 during her senior campaign in 2009.
ACADEMICS – Honor Roll student throughout high school.
PERSONAL – Daughter of Richard and Gay Wys…currently enrolled in undergraduate studies.
Krikorian on Wys: “Kelsey is a proven commodity at the international level. She has had a lot of time with the U-17 National Team and recently has been in camp with the U-20 squad. She is going to compete for a starting job here at Florida State from the moment she walks on campus. We think she has a lot of promise, a lot of potential; she has a big upside and is a very talented goalkeeper.”
Britney Wright, FSU Sports Information, contributed to this article.