Nov. 17, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 2012 Florida State indoor volleyball signing class that includes middle blockers Sarah Burrington and Mara Green as well as outside hitters Leah Mikesky and Nicole Walch were all recognized today as four of just 100 amateur players who were named to one of the Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams.
All four incoming players, whom are all rated in the Top 53 of PrepVolleyball.com’s senior class rankings, were selected to the first team, second team or honorable mention All-America list. Burrington, who is a Riverview, Fla., native and a product of Riverview High School, earned a prestigious first-team selection to make her one of just 24 players in the group.
Each of the players on the First-Team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition. The event will be held at the Alamodome on December 16 in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention.
The 100 players selected for this year’s honors represent 32 states and 92 high schools. Many have already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top programs in the country. Requirements for nomination were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports.
Mikesky, who hails from Schulenberg, Texas, was the lone member of the 2012 class to make the second team. Future classmates Green and Walch were named to the honorable mention All-America team following their prolific performances for their respective ballclubs.
Walch continues to keep her impressive career alive as Martin County High School goes after a state championship with a semifinal matchup versus St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 7A state semifinal Friday. Walch has 570 kills this season.
Green’s senior season at Eagles Landing Christian Academy was a memorable one, leading her team to its first-ever state championship as it defeated Greater Atlanta Christian in five sets. Green totaled 29 kills and 13 blocks in the match.
The current Seminoles look to clinch an ACC Championship this weekend when they head to Clemson for a Friday match at 7 p.m. that can be seen on ESPN3.com. FSU follows with a Saturday match at Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.