TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With the entire team in Tallahassee, training for the upcoming trip to Europe from June 22-July 2, head coach Chris Poole has announced nearly the entire 2019 roster with five new commitments, in addition to Emma Clothier and Jessica Nunge, that were announced last December.
Two transfers – Jasmyn Martin (Minnesota) and Marissa Stockman (Illinois State) – along with three incoming freshmen – Haley Frank, Lauryn Burrows and Loren Scott – round out the final pieces of the 16-member roster for the upcoming season.
“With seven new players joining us this summer to prepare for our Foreign Tour to Europe, we are excited about the potential for this 2019 team,” said Poole. “We will have a lot of options this fall and finally feel that we have recovered from all the injuries over the last two seasons. Our returning players worked hard this spring and we made great strides. The new additions will add depth, competition and experience to our team.”
Jasmyn Martin – Junior – 6’3” – OH/RS – Minnesota/Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Martin joins the Seminoles after two seasons at Minnesota, where she saw action in 137 sets and had 226 kills for the Golden Gophers. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2018.
“I chose Florida State because I liked the exceptional combination of academics and volleyball,” said Martin. “The coaches and players made me feel at home instantly, and have truly created a welcoming environment while simultaneously fostering a competitive atmosphere. I’m super excited to play in one of the top conferences in the country, and for a team with a great volleyball history and culture.”
“Jas is an amazing athlete and volleyball player,” added Poole. “We started watching her as a young player and she was clearly one of the best in the country. We were sad that she chose to stay up north the first time around, but very excited that she is making a move to FSU. Rated the No. 16 Player from PrepVB her senior year in 2017, she is one of the highest-rated transfers in the nation this spring. She can attack from both left side and right side and has full rotation skills.”
Marissa Stockman – Sophomore – 6’3” – MB – Illinois State/River Falls, Wis.
Stockman comes to Tallahassee after her freshman season at Illinois State, where she was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team, led the league in hitting percentage (.355) and started all 33 matches for the Redbirds.
“I chose Florida State because of the ways the coaches interacted with the players and the environment that the athletic department has, along with the legacy of the school,” said Stockman. “Plus, the warm weather didn’t hurt!”
“Marissa was a hidden gem on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin coming out of high school and made a big splash as a true freshman last fall,” said Poole. “She performed at a very high level against great non-conference competition as well as led the Missouri Valley Conference in hitting percentage and finished fifth in blocks (1.00 bps).”
Haley Frank – Freshman – 5’6” – Libero – Oviedo, Fla.
Frank exceled at the youth and club level and earned her high school diploma as a junior to come to Tallahassee in 2019. In each of the last three seasons, her club teams have been ranked No. 1 in the country and her high school teams have earned district championships in all three years.
“I chose FSU because when I arrived it instantly felt like home,” said Frank. “The people, the atmosphere, all of it was just a wonderful feeling and I never wanted to leave. FSU is full of opportunities that I can’t wait to be a part of. The coaching staff, specifically, is the best coaching staff I’ve ever met. There are plenty of amazing coaches out there but nothing beats CP, Jordana and Jeff. They all have so much wisdom and are such good role models. I can’t wait to be a part of the Nole Family and wear that jersey.”
“Haley is graduating high school a whole year early to start her FSU career,” added Poole. “She has played on club teams that have competed at the highest level in the USA. Haley is very athletic, has great instincts as a libero and a very positive personality that will make everyone around her better. She has spent the last few years ranked No. 1 in her age group for USA Volleyball. She understands pressure at the highest level in the country.”
Lauryn Burrows – Freshman – 5’8” – OH/Libero – Marietta, Ga.
Burrows earned three state championships during high school in Georgia, one at Oak Mountain in 2015 (GISA) and two 7A state titles for Walton High School in 2016 and 2018. Competing for A5 Mizuno, Burrows won the 2017 16 Open Triple Crown and placed second at the 2018 AAU National Championship, earning All-American honors.
“I chose Florida State because it reminds me of my roots in Tallahassee,” said Burrows. “My Mom grew up in Tally and met my Dad at FAMU and they got married at Bethel Baptist on Tennessee Street. I’ve spent a good portion of my life driving down to visit family in Tally and we always came to watch FSU’s volleyball team play around Thanksgiving. It’s always been my dream to attend Florida State, and better yet, play for them. Tally is a second home to me and being able to go to an academic and athletic powerhouse school is why I chose FSU.”
“Lauryn has played in one of the best volleyball clubs in the nation at A5 Mizuno out of Atlanta,” said Poole. “She has played for high school state championships and for national championships. Her A5 Mizuno Club program has played against the best in the nation and competed for club championships. Lauryn has outside hitting experience and is an excellent ball control player. She will add depth on the outside and has a chance to make an impact with her passing and defense.”
Loren Scott – Freshman – 6’0” – S/RS – Tallahassee, Fla.
Scott joins Florida State after being a four-year starter at Lincoln High School, where she earned a spot on the All-Big Bend First Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was selected as a member of the 2017 All-State Third Team, chosen as a 2018 Preseason High School All-American and named one of the Top 150 Seniors of the Class of 2019 by PrepVolleyball.
“I chose Florida State because of the opportunity to play for such a strong program, as well as the huge support from the community that I’ve been able to experience living here in Tallahassee,” said Scott.
“Loren is a great student as well as a great volleyball player. We love that she is left handed, which can be an advantage for a setter and also gives us a left handed hitter in our practices. Loren will give us competition and depth in our setter position and her experience is going to be valuable for us.”
The Noles will be traveling to Italy, Austria and Slovenia as part of a European Trip from June 22-July 2, and will be playing five exhibition matches during the trip, along with numerous sightseeing opportunities and experiences. There will be website that will be updated throughout the trip with stories and photos, and links will be available on the volleyball page of Seminoles.com and on the volleyball social media accounts.
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