TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Incoming Florida State Volleyball freshman Audrey Rothman (Birmingham, Ala.) has been selected as the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball.
The 6-foot-4 outside hitter enjoyed a prolific career for Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., becoming the school’s first Gatorade Player of the Year.
“I am so proud of Audrey. She is an amazing young lady and has great family support,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “When she verbally committed, Audrey was around 6 feet with amazing skills for her age. She has matured into a 6-foot-4 full rotation player and I believe will only get better.
“Audrey has a lot of the same size, athleticism and skill of former FSU player Kate Stepanova, who was an All-American during our 2011 Final Four season.”
The Gatorade State Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Rothman’s honor made her a finalist for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award.
She is one of two signees in Florida State Volleyball’s 2022 signing class, joining talented middle blocker Laila N’Diaye of Longwood, Fla. Both Seminoles will officially enroll this summer.
Rothman enjoyed an outstanding senior season where she led the Jaguars to a 47-4 record and a Class 7A title. Her eye-popping numbers include 709 kill, 247 digs, 71 blocks and 67 service aces.
She was named the AL.com Player of the Year, was a First Team Under Armour All-American and a MaxPreps First Team All-American.
Rothman has been equally impressive in the classroom, recording a weighted 4.28 GPA. She has also devoted several hours to her church community, serving time on the Spain Park Ambassadors and the Spain Park Peer Helpers programs.
She joins the Florida State Volleyball program at an exciting time, with FSU finishing 20-10 overall in 2021, reaching the NCAA Second Round and returning a promising core from last year’s team that was the youngest since 1999.