April 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Facing the departure of four seniors in the 2012 season, the Florida State University indoor volleyball team continues to reload as it added four talented incoming student-athletes.
Head Coach Chris Poole and the Seminole indoor volleyball program added two talented outside hitters in University of Nebraska transfer Taylor Simpson and Western Wyoming Community College transfer Olivera Medic. FSU also signed two proven liberos in Laura Dadowski as well as twin sister Caroline Dadowski.
“We are very excited about adding these four young ladies, along with the great four freshmen we signed in our early signing period,” Poole said. “The expectations are very high with the returning players we have and we feel we have been able to fill some holes left over from our graduating class. Our returning players had a great spring and the competition and level of overall play will be significant in practice this fall. We will have a lot of options in August and the summer will be an opportunity for players to make further strides.”
Simpson will begin her sophomore season at FSU and comes to Tallahassee with plenty of accolades as a high school standout. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native was ranked as the No. 9 player in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com in 2010 and earned a spot on the ESPN RISE Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention Team. She earned the distinction of being selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game at the 2010 NCAA Semifinals, and participated in 12 matches last year with the Huskers.
“Taylor Simpson was clearly one of the top players in the nation when she graduated in 2011,” Poole said. “With us losing two left sides and a right side from our Final Four team, Taylor will add depth and compete immediately for a position on the court. Taylor has played among the highest level in the world and has been very successful.”
Medic is a Serbia native who excelled at the junior college level, leading her program to a third-place national finish in 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Medic is a two-time NJCAA First-Team All-American and a two-time AVCA First-Team All-American. She was twice honored as the Region IX Player of the Year, and also was placed on the NJCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team in both her years.
“Oli Medic was clearly one of the top junior college players in the nation,” Poole added. “Much like the impact that Kate (Stepanova) and Visnja (Djurdjevic) made for our program two years ago, Oli has that same experience at a national team level and has played against some of the best teams in the world. Oli will remind fans of Visnja with her great ball control, passing and defense.”
Both Caroline and Laura Dadowski performed extremely well at Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. Both were members of Renaissance National Volleyball Club and graduated with high academic honors while garnering spots on the all-section and all-district teams.
Caroline and Laura each spent eight years participating in club volleyball. They led their high school squad to a third-place finish in the state tournament in 2009 and won three section championships in their freshmen, sophomore and senior years.
“Caroline and Laura will add depth to our libero position. Both have been trained at a high level by their high school and club coaches,” Poole said. “We are excited that they have chosen to join our program. They are very bright students and have excelled on and off the court.”
The four players added in the late signing period join one of the nation’s top 2012 recruiting classes, which features four players ranked in the PrepVolleyball.com Top 53. The incoming student-athletes making up the heralded class include middle blockers Sarah Burrington and Mara Green as well as outside hitters Nicole Walch and Leah Mikesky.
FSU volleyball is coming off a season in which it became the first ACC program to ever earn a spot in the NCAA National Semifinals. The banner year in 2011 also included a No. 7 final ranking in the AVCA Poll, the highest finish in school history.