Jan. 30, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Current Florida State enrollee Nicole Walch has been named one of 51 senior finalists for the 2011 PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year award, announced by the amateur volleyball organization.
Walch, who is the sister of current FSU volleyball student-athlete Elise Walch, has already begun individual training and will begin her freshman year with the Seminoles in the upcoming fall. The Stuart, Fla., native recorded an incredible 623 kills in 96 sets in her senior year at Martin County High to lead the Tigers to the Florida 7A state title.
The talented outside hitter capped her senior season by earning state finals MVP honors, and also led her team with 256 digs while adding 45 service aces and 40 blocks.
Walch was named a top 100 Senior Ace and a MaxPreps Second-Team All-American, and earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America honors. In addition to her exceptional senior year, Walch led the entire state of Florida in kills as a junior.
The Prepvolleyball.com National Player of the Year will be revealed in the current week. To be considered, a senior had to make a “massive” impact on her high school team, combining a candidate’s individual statistics with the relative success of her team. The award is based solely on high school achievement.
FSU volleyball continues to make headway after its first-ever trip to the NCAA National Semifinals. Along with Walch, the Seminoles boast one of the nation’s top 2012 signing classes which also include middle blockers Sarah Burrington (Tampa, Fla./Riverview HS) and Mara Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) as well as outside hitter Leah Mikesky (Schulenburg, Texas/Schulenburg HS).