October 10, 2001 - by

Right Down the Road…

Oct. 10, 2001


Right Down the Road…
By: Jeff Clark
Student Assistant for FSU Sports Information


Travel down the road about twenty miles south of Tallahassee and
you will arrive in the hometown of junior outside hitter Erica Bunch. The
small town of Crawfordville, with a population of near 10,000 people, is
where Erica calls home.


Bunch is the first local player to ever sign with the Seminole volleyball
program. The decision to play for Florida State University was not
difficult for Erica. With family ties to Florida State University, she was
born and raised a Seminole.


“I chose Florida State because a lot of my family have gone here,”
Bunch said. “My grandfather went here, my cousin graduated from here and
my cousin goes here now. I was born and raised a Seminole.”


Bunch was a two-sport athlete at Wakulla High School, where she
participated in volleyball and basketball. She was a standout volleyball
player, earning all-state honors as a junior and a senior. She chose to
play volleyball at the collegiate level with encouragement from her mother.


She strives to be the best she can be on and off the court. She is
a three-year starter for the Seminole team. In the previous two seasons,
Bunch played in 51 matches. She believes that her accomplishments on the
court aren’t as important as those off the court.


“I can’t say that I have had a greatest accomplishment yet,” Bunch
said. “When I graduate, that will probably be my biggest accomplishment.”


Bunch believes that it is necessary to give back to the community.
She participates in community service activities with the team as well as
individually. From the time she was in high school, Bunch has participated
in volleyball and basketball camps for the community youth.


“We do community service as a team and individually we do community
service,” said Bunch. “I used to coach 8-12 year old youth basketball and
I have also done volleyball camps at Florida State.”


The interest she has in helping others stems from a minor learning
disability from which she suffers. Due to this disability, she has needed
some assistance in learning. This disability has caused her to strive even
harder to reach her goals and to encourage others to do the same. That is
the reason for her interest in helping others through community service and
teaching.


“I am really intrigued by people that need help,” Bunch said. “It
encourages me when there is somebody who wants the help and needs the help.
I would love to teach. Watching kids progress makes you feel good about
yourself.”


Her desire to help others influenced her to change her major at
Florida State University from criminology to sport management. She is not
sure where this road might lead her, but she would like to continue working
with others in a sport atmosphere.


“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” said Bunch. “I
want to coach a really successful volleyball program and win three or four
state championships. I will just go from there.”


She chose the road that led her from a small town just a few miles
from Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. Now as her college
days grow few, she must begin to look for a new road that will lead her to
new opportunities and challenges.

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