Feb. 2, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State University indoor volleyball’s four-member signing class continues to receive more accolades, this time being recognized individually by well-known amateur volleyball organization PrepVolleyball.com.
Future Seminoles Nicole Walch (Stuart, Fla./Martin County HS), Sarah Burrington (Tampa, Fla./Riverview HS), Mara Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) and Leah Mikesky (Schulenburg, Texas/Schulenburg HS) were each named either PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans, earned honorable-mention honors or received special mention.
“Each of our four 2012 recruits have continued to shine and gain a lot of recognition on many different lists over the past year,” head coach Chris Poole said. “These were all girls that were on our original list that we made in spring 2009 during our first recruiting season after arriving at Florida State. My assistants, Holly (Watts) and Gokhan (Yilmaz), did a great job identifying these players and since that ninth grade spring season, they have continued to compete among the best players in the nation. The future is bright for Florida State Volleyball.”
Walch, who was recently named a national finalist for the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year award, was chosen as one of 150 high school All-Americans. With team success playing a large role in determining All-America status, Walch qualified quite well after leading her high school to the Florida 7A state title. Walch, who is already enrolled at FSU in the current semester, has already been named a PrepVolleyball Top 100 Senior Ace, a MaxPreps Second-Team All-American and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American following her strong senior season.
Also receiving All-America honors was Green, whose incredible play led ELCA to its first-ever state championship in the fall. The exciting player is known for her exceptional athleticism, and was rated 23rd in the 2012 senior class rankings by PrepVolleyball.com last November. She finished her final year with 373 kills, 89 blocks, 62 digs, 27 aces and 14 assists, and added a .546 hitting percentage. Green was named the Class A-AA Player of the Year by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association.
Burrington, one of the nation’s top middle blockers in the 2012 signing class, was named to the Highest Honorable Mention list. She led her high school to the 7A-Region 2 quarterfinals, recording 26 kills in her final match as her career ended versus Lakeland. She was one of just 24 players named as an Under Armour Girls High School First Team All-American; a true honor in high school volleyball. The 6-foot-5 blocker has also been named an ESPNHS Second-Team All-American, and is known as arguably the most athletic middle blocker in the 2012 class.
Mikesky was a special mention on PrepVolleyball.com’s collaborative list, hailing from a small town in East Texas. She garnered a No. 39 spot on PrepVolleyball’s senior class ratings, averaging high marks with 6.3 kills per set, 466 digs, 105 service aces and 63 blocks. Mikesky was a three-sport athlete at her high school, starring in volleyball, basketball and track & field.
All four future Seminoles will compete in the upcoming fall, although Walch can already participate in offseason conditioning and competition as an early enrollee. The talented class looks to help the 2012 squad make a return trip to the NCAA National Finals.
The current squad will celebrate its historic season this Sunday from 3:45-5:45 p.m. at Tully Gym as part of the annual volleyball postseason banquet. Information regarding the event, which is available to interested attendees, can be found on Seminoles.com.