May 13, 2014 - by
Incoming Frosh Collects All-America Honors

May 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Florida State sand volleyball incoming freshman Vanessa Freire was named to the inaugural American Volleyball Coaches Association High School Sand All-America Team on Tuesday.

Freire was one of four elite high school sand volleyball players from across the country named to the team.

Freire is the only All-American from the Sunshine State and is joined by Gianna Guinasso (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Josephine Kremer (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Julia Mannisto (Westlake Village, Calif.).

The 5-10 Windermere, Fla., native snagged first place at the 2013 World Series of Beach Volleyball/FIVB Amateur High School Tournament in Long Beach, Calif. and received the Florida Region of USAV Highest Points Scorer Award in Girls for the most podium finishes in 2013. She is the No. 1 sand volleyball recruit in the state of Florida.

Freire finished second at the National High Performance U19 Beach Championship at Hermosa Beach in 2012 and has been a member of the Junior National beach team for several years. Freire also participated in the USA Volleyball Girls’ A1/A2 Youth Holiday High Performance Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. in 2012.

In addition, she helped her Lake High Land Prep high school indoor volleyball team reach the Class 4A State Finals last fall.

Joining Freire in the Seminoles’ 2014 recruiting class are Megan Conway (Stuart, Fla.) and Victoria Paranagua (Austin, Texas).

Florida State finished runner-up at the 2014 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships earlier this month.

The Seminoles wrapped up the season with a 19-3 record and will return eight of 10 players who competed at the national championship, including All-Americans Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom.

For more information visit and follow the Florida State sand volleyball team’s official twitter account @FSU_SVB.

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