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Noles Around the Globe

Name Years at FSU Hometown International/Pro Experience
Carol Forsten 1981-84 Somerton, Australia Australian National Team
Karyn Palgut 1982-86 Broadview Heights, Ohio 1982 Olympic Festival
Maggie Philgence 1987-90 Virgin Islands 1991 Olympic Festival
Gabrielle Reece 1987-90 La Jolla, Calif. Women’s Beach Volleyball League
Franci Rard 1993 Naples, Fla. AVP Tour
Norisha Campbell 1998-01 Universal City, Texas USA Volleyball
Alex Sevillano 1999-02 Clearwater, Fla. AVO Pro Beach Tour
Cecile Reynaud 1976-01 Sioux City, Iowa USA Volleyball
Makini Thompson 2005-07 Quincy, Mass. Jamaican National Team
Jordana Price 2007-09 Mountain Home, Idaho VFM
Brianna Barry 2006-09 Winter Springs, Fla. VFM
Mira Djuric 2007-09 Belgrade, Serbia HPK
Stephanie Neville 2007-10 Cambridge, Ontario Canadian Youth and National Teams
Visnja Djurdjevic 2010-11 Zitiste, Serbia Serbian Junior National Team
Duygu Duzceler 2009-12 Istanbul, Turkey Turkish Junior National Team
Sareea Freeman 2009-12 Fresno, Calif. USA Senior A2 Team
Fatma Yildirim 2009-12 Istanbul, Turkey Turkish National Training Team
Marija Milosavljevic 2010-12 Bajina Basta, Serbia Serbian Junior National Team
Ashley Neff 2010-2013 Kennesaw, Ga. LiigaEura – Finland Volleyball Association, Women’s Premier League
Elise Walch 2011-2013 Stuart, Fla. USA Junior A2 Team
Olivera Medic 2012-2013 Subotica, Serbia Serbian Senior National Team
Katie Mosher 2010-Present Ft. Myers, Fla. USA Junior A2 Team & 2014 U.S. National Team Program
Sarah Wickstrom 2011-Present Stuart, Fla. USA Senior A2 Team & 2014 U.S. National Team Program
Sarah Burrington 2012-Present Ruskin, Fla. USA Junior National Team
Nicole Walch 2012-Present Stuart, Fla. USA Senior A2 Team & 2014 U.S. Collegiate National Team – China Tour
Mercedes Vaughn 2014-Present Folcroft, Pa. 2014 U.S. Collegiate National Team Program

Stephanie Neville
 Outside Hitter | Cambridge, Ontario

Canadian-born outside hitter Stephanie Neville had four fine seasons for the Seminoles between 2007-10, always being a steady presence on the attack. The Cambridge, Ontario native ended her FSU career with a consistent .268 attack percentage which was highlighted by a .309 finish in the team’s program-building 2009 year. As a senior, she was named to the All-ACC Team and earned a spot on the All-East Region Honorable Mention list after leading the Noles in kills. Prior to her enrollment at FSU, Neville had the honor of playing for the Canadian Youth and Junior National teams, adding to Florida State’s growing list of student-athletes who spent time playing among their country’s most competitive national teams.  While at FSU, Neville was also an achiever in the classroom after earning a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team in both 2009 and 2010. She was also an All-ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient in all four seasons played.

Nicole Walch
 Outside Hitter | Stuart, Florida

Nicole Walch will compete in her junior year at Florida State following a stint with the U.S. Collegiate National Team – China Tour. Team USA will compete against the Chinese Collegiate National team (June 17-27) as well as a few adult teams. Heading into her senior season at Martin County High School, Walch joined her sister Elise and fellow Seminole Katie Mosher in winning the European Global Challenge as a member of United States Junior A2 team in Pula, Croatia. Walch took her game to the next level in the summer 2013 when she played in the USA Volleyball senior A2 program in Dallas, Texas, against some of the best players remaining with collegiate eligibility. 

Olivera Medic
 Outside Hitter | Subotica, Serbia

Outside hitter Olivera Medic has been another great addition to the Serbian pipeline that the Florida State indoor volleyball program has grown. Following her senior season, she returned to Serbia and continued her play with her club team. As a junior at FSU she finished second on the team with 3.06 digs per set and 2.42 kills per set. She joined former teammate Fatma Yildirim as the only Seminoles to be named to more than one all-tournament team in 2012. The Subotica, Serbia native spent the summer 2009 playing for the Serbian Senior National Team as she helped her national squad to a first-place finish in the Euroleague, defeating France in the semifinals and Turkey in the championship match. Medic also played on the Serbian Junior National Team and helped it to a second-place finish at the Balkan Championship.

Sarah Burrington
 Middle Blocker | Ruskin, Florida

Middle blocker Sarah Burrington was named to the USA Volleyball Women’s Junior National Team on June 14, 2013. The squad was composed of some of the very best collegiate athletes born in 1994 or 1995. The Ruskin, Fla. resident enjoyed a near two-week journey at the FIVB Women’s U-20 World Championship in the Czech Republic. She helped Team USA to a 6-3 record which included scrimmages. After redshirting her first year, Burrington was a force to reckon with on the blocking front, complimenting former middle blocker Ashley Neff very well. Burrington ranked second on the team in blocks (149), while putting up one of the best blocking performances in school history in the 3-2 win over North Carolina with 14. 

Sarah Wickstrom
 Setter | Stuart, Florida

Setter Sarah Wickstrom will join three other Seminoles at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate National Team Program in Minneapolis, Minn. She will be among the 36 members that will divided into teams for a round-robin style tournament. Wickstrom joined former teammate Sareea Freeman in the United States Women’s Senior A2 Program in Columbus, Ohio during the summer 2012. Wickstrom helped the USA Blue team to a 4-1 record at the national tournament. Through her first three seasons at Florida State, the Stuart, Fla. native has been a part of an NCAA National Semifinal run in 2011, asecond-round appearance in 2012, and a NCAA Regional Semifinal in 2013. Following her freshman campaign, Wickstrom earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors. Prior to her arrival at Florida State, Wickstrom participated in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics for several years and also played at USA Volleyball Beach Nationals.

Elise Walch
 Right-Side Hitter | Stuart, Florida

Elise Walch has played with USA Volleyball on a few occasions, most recently in 2011 when she helped the USA Junior A2 Team to the championship at the European Global Challenge in Croatia. She has also been a member of the 2008 and 2009 USA Volleyball Youth A2 Teams, and was placed on the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior National Training Team. The right-side hitter from Stuart, Fla. has produced some big-hitting matches for the Seminoles, including a dominant 22-kill performance in the 3-2 win over No.7 Michigan.

Katie Mosher
 Libero | Ft. Myers, Florida

Prior to her senior year campaign where she will look to take over the top spot on the FSU all-time Digs list, Libero Katie Mosher will join three other members in Minneapolis, Minn. and participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program.  Mosher was part of the European Global Challenge title in the summer 2011 in Croatia by the USA Junior A2 Team. Mosher was also part of the A2 program in high school, competing with the Youth A2 National Team in 2009. The Fort Myers, Fla. native holds the single-season record for digs at Florida State in a season with 604 in 2011, a year in which she was named the team’s most influential player. Mosher finished with 495 digs in 2012 and was honored as the team’s Complete Trust award recipient. Following the 2013 season where she amassed 506 digs and earned All-ACC Second Team honors, Mosher was voted as the Ultra-Competitive award recipient. 

Marija Milosavljevic
 Middle Blocker/Right-Side Hitter | Bajina Basta, Serbia

Middle blocker/right-side hitter Marija Milosavljevic was a steady player at Florida State, winning the Seminole Warrior and Total Commitment awards after her senior year for the devotion she showed. Milosavljevic was on the team’s NCAA National Semifinal run in 2011, her second year with the program. The Bajina Basta, Serbia native has been a member of both the Serbian Youth and National Teams, having a few successful years at the Balkan Championships. Milosavljevic has the skill to continue playing at the professional level.

Fatma Yildirim
 Outside Hitter | Istanbul, Turkey

A hard-working player, Fatma Yildirim showcased several of her abilities while at Florida State. She ended her career as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2012, and became just the fifth Seminole to earn both All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC honors.  Prior to coming to Florida State, Yildirim was a member of the Turkish Junior National Team from 2005-08. One of the highlights of her three-year stint was helping the national team to the title at the 2006 Balkan Championships.  Yildirim was a co-captain on the 2012 Seminole squad and was known as a role model for the way she conducted herself. Yildirim is currently training with the Turkish National Team in preparation for the FIVB U23 World Championship in October 2013.

Sareea Freeman
 Middle Blocker | Fresno, California

In her time as a Seminole, middle blocker Sareea Freeman went from being a raw athlete to a highly-skilled player who was a dominating force by her senior season. The Fresno, Calif. native earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2012 and finished second nationally with a .438 hitting percentage that season. Heading into her big senior year, Freeman faced some great competition during the summer 2012 when she competed with teammate Sarah Wickstrom in the United States Senior Women’s A2 Program in Columbus, Ohio against some of the nation’s best collegiate athletes across the country. Freeman set a school record for most ACC Player of the Week awards in a career when she earned four, including three in her final season at Florida State. She ended her FSU career with an outstanding .356 hitting percentage and 393 total blocks.

Duygu Duzceler
 Setter | Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish-born Duygu Duzceler became one of the most polished setters in program history as she was one of the guiding forces that began Florida State’s unprecedented era. Duzceler never missed a match or even a set in her four-year career and was part of an NCAA Regional Final in 2009 and an NCAA National Semifinal in 2011. Her 134 career matches are just outside of the Top 10 list in school history, with the most recent player being Deanna Kaleta (137) in 1985-88. Duzceler helped make Florida State’s attacking game exponentially better in her time in Tallahassee, helping a flurry of middle blockers and outside hitters earn All-America honors. Playing in a two-setter rotation, Duzceler still managed to record 2,915 assists for a Top 10 mark at Florida State. Shortly after her collegiate career, Duzceler signed a professional volleyball contract in Turkey.

Visnja Djurdjevic
 Outside Hitter | Zitiste, Serbia

Versatile Visnja Djurdjevic became Florida State’s first multiple All-American, earning the honor twice in her only two seasons as a Seminole. She was a two-time All-ACC Team member and was responsible for the biggest point in program history, a match-point service ace that gave Florida State a five-set win over Iowa State on Dec. 10, 2011, to send the Seminoles to the NCAA National Semifinals. Djurdjevic participated with the Serbian Junior National Team that twice won the Balkan Championships.

Mira Djuric
 Outside Hitter | Belgrade, Serbia

Outside hitter Mira Djuric from Belgrade, Serbia was a tenacious student-athlete with an entertaining serve that came at opponents fast. Djuric was another AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2009 and twice made the All-ACC Team in both her playing seasons in 2007 and 2009. In just two seasons she ended her Seminole career with 152 service aces, a Top five mark in school history at the conclusion of her senior season. Djuric also excelled offensively in the attacking game, delivering the most kills on her teams in 2007 and 2009. Prior to her enrollment at Florida State, Djuric was a member of the Serbian Junior National Team. She played professionally in Finland for HPK following her years at Florida State.

Brianna Barry
 Middle Blocker | Winter Springs, Florida | VFM

Middle blocker Brianna Barry holds the distinguished honor as Florida State’s first non-honorable mention All-American when she earned second-team honors as a senior. The Winter Springs, Fla. native had a tremendous career that was highlighted by leading the Seminoles to their first NCAA Regional Final appearance in 2009. In that season, Barry became Florida State’s first ACC Player of the Year and finished with an astonishing .492 hitting percentage that is high atop the NCAA charts. Following her collegiate career, Barry played for VFM in Saignelégier, Switzerland from 2010-13, and also played for Team Florida WAVE. Barry was also an all-region and all-conference player in her Seminole years, and made the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll in each of her four seasons. She finished her college career with an outstanding .371 hitting percentage and 396 total blocks.

Jordana Price
Middle Blocker | Mountain Home, Idaho | VFM

Jordana Price was another substantial piece to Florida State’s history-making 2009 team that made it all the way to NCAA Volleyball’s version of the Elite Eight. The Mountain Home, Idaho native was a ferocious player who garnered a .312 hitting percentage from 2007-09 and led Florida State in total blocks in two of her three years. An AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time all-region performer, Price took a similar path to teammate Brianna Barry by playing for VFM in Switzerland and also playing for Team Florida WAVE. Price was an All-ACC Team selection in 2009 when she recorded a .355 hitting percentage and 161 total blocks.

Makini Thompson
 Outside Hitter | Quincy, Massachusetts

Another great outside hitter to don the Garnet and Gold, Makini Thompson became Florida State’s third All-American when she earned the national honor in 2006. In that same year, Thompson was also an AVCA All-Region performer and made the All-ACC Team in both 2006 and 2007. The 2006 season witnessed her putting down kills at an average of 3.95 per set. Thompson’s post-FSU career included playing for the Jamaican National Team as well as Langenthal VBC in Switzerland at the professional level.

Cecile Reynaud
 Head Coach | Sioux City, Iowa

Known as an exceptional teacher, educator, motivator and coach of volleyball, Reynaud’s global experience has been aplenty since building the Seminoles into a respectable volleyball program for 26 seasons. Reynaud was an assistant coach for the United States World University Games team in 1983, then served as head coach of the Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team in 1985. In the summer 2012, Reynaud had the privilege of coaching at the Paralympic Games in London for the USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team, and will help coach the USA Women’s National Team at the Grand Prix in Japan in August 2013. Reynaud finished her FSU coaching career with 635 wins following her retirement in 2001, placing her in a group of just eight active coaches at the time who amassed 600 or more victories. In her 26 seasons, 98 percent of her four-year letterwinners at Florida State went on to earn their college degree, proving her immense focus on both volleyball education and classroom education. She was a four-time conference coach of the year who also served as Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Alex Sevillano
 Outside Hitter | Clearwater, Florida

A native of Clearwater, Fla., former outside hitter Alex Sevillano spent her career at Florida State from 1999-2002. Following four years that included leading the Seminoles in digs in her last two seasons, Sevillano made her living on the pro beach tour from 2006-11. The four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member started in the AVO Pro Beach Tour, then made her way to the National Volleyball League as well as Wide Open Volleyball. During her beach-playing career, Sevillano made stops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Texas.

Norisha Campbell
 Middle Blocker | Universal City, Texas

A fine middle-hitter from Universal City, Texas, Norisha Campbell twice was an AVCA All-Region player as well as a two-time All-ACC performer in 2000 and 2001. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Campbell participated with the 1999 USA Junior National Volleyball Team that competed at the Junior World Championships in Saskatoon and Edmonton, Canada. In the tournament, she led the USA squad in hitting in its final match vs. the Czech Republic with 11 kills and four blocks. Campbell’s career at Florida State was highlighted by her 1,289 kills and .320 hitting percentage. Aside from her experience with the junior national team, Campbell was selected to the 2001 USA National A2 Training program and then became the first Seminole ever to participate with the USA National Team in 2007. Campbell has also played professionally in Switzerland and Germany.

Franci Rard
Outside HitterNaples, Florida

Outside hitter Franci Rard of Naples, Fla. spent one season at Florida State in 1993. Following her lone year which included helping lead the Seminoles to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win over DePaul, Rard made a living on the AVP tour playing beach volleyball. Rard enjoyed plenty of success in the sand, but was known for battling back from fusion surgery for degenerative discs in 2000 as the procedure set her back nearly 2 ½ years before she could play competitively again. Rard was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team as well as the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 1993.

Gabrielle Reece
 Middle Blocker | La Jolla, California

Arguably Florida State’s most well-known volleyball alumna, former middle hitter Gabrielle Reece is more than just one of the world’s most famous models. From 1987-90, Reece terrorized oncoming attackers as she racked up 747 total blocks, including 240 solo. She was a two-time Metro All-Conference player and an AVCA All-Region performer who also enjoyed an exceptional career on the pro tour. In the Women’s Beach Volleyball League, Reece was a two-time offensive player of the year (1994-95), the league’s leader in kills for four straight years (1993-96) and the league’s leader in blocks (1993). Reece also helped her team take first place in the first Beach Volleyball World Championships and participated in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The California native started earning her acclaim for modeling while attending Florida State, being named as one of the five most beautiful women in the world by Elle in 1989 and receiving the “Most Inspiring Collegiate Athlete” honor at the 1989 Dodge National Athletic Awards.

Maggie Philgence
 Outside Hitter | Virgin Islands

Hailing from the Virgin Islands, outside hitter Maggie Philgence became one of the most well-established Seminoles in program history. After her successful four-year career, Philgence was drafted to the South Team for the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles in 1991 where she helped lead her squad over the West to claim the gold medal. Philgence played her professional career with the international league in France and the Virgin Islands, and was inducted to the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. Philgence was a four-time all-region player, a three-time Metro All-Conference player and is Florida State’s all-time leader in kills with 2,110. She has a hand in virtually every Top 10 category at Florida State.

Karyn Palgut
 Outside Hitter | Broadview Heights, Ohio

A three-sport athlete at Florida State, Palgut lettered in volleyball (four), basketball (one) and softball (two) from 1982-86. After a successful collegiate career at outside hitter that saw her named to the All-Metro Tournament team three times, including the distinction of MVP, Palgut competed in the 1982 Olympic Festival on the East team. Upon graduation, Palgut joined the U.S. Women’s National Team for Handball and had a successful career. She participated in the Goodwill games, the Pan American Games (Gold Medal) and the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics receiving seventh and sixth place respectively. One of Palgut’s best volleyball attributes at Florida State was her service game, recording 132 aces in her career.

Carol Forsten
 Outside Hitter | Somerton Park, Australia

Somerton Park, Australia native Carol Forsten was a fantastic outside hitter for the Seminoles in the early 1980s. The four-year letterwinner participated with the Australian National Team in the World Cup Competition in 1982, two years following her prestigious position as a captain for the Australian National High School all-star team in the 1979-80 year. Forsten, who also toured Latin America in 1981 and Japan in 1982 with Athletes-In-Action, was an academic all-district selection and an AVCA All-Region performer at Florida State in 1984. She finished her four-year career with 145 matches played.



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