Volleyball Signing Day
The Lady Falcons volleyball team signed seven outstanding new players for the 2017 season on Monday, Jan. 30. Coach Donna Parimore welcomed Allie Schneider, Cameron Young, Jessica Dills, Brooke Michaelis, Mary Beth Boudrias, Victoria Trueheart and Mattie Booth to the team at the inaugural Volleyball Signing Day in Wilson Hall.
“I’m so pleased with not only the talent and experience these athletes bring but also their enthusiasm and dependability, all of which I’ve already witnessed,” Parimore said.
In the 2016 season, the Lady Falcons entered the national championship tournament as the second seed and won the final match in five sets, earning their third straight USCAA national championship and 11th championship in the last 15 years. The team will graduate three starting hitters as well as some of their defense at the end of this academic year, so there are several important positions to fill for next season. Parimore believes her new recruits will take on these roles successfully.
“I’m very excited that we have signed several hitters that can play multiple hitting positions as well as back row and a Freshman setter who also can play all around,” Parimore said. “In addition to the obvious talent of these girls, I believe they have the character to match. I’m very much looking forward to working with each of them.”
Congratulations to these athletes on signing with the Lady Falcons volleyball team! Follow @falconbeat on Instagram and Twitter and like the Florida College Falcons Facebook page to keep up with the Falcons throughout the year.
Allie Schneider #2
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Allie Schneider started playing volleyball in seventh grade, and has continued with the sport throughout her high-school career. She recently moved to Tampa, Florida, and serves as a middle blocker for the Wharton Wildcats and the Tampa United Volleyball Academy. Schneider was drawn to Florida College because of the small campus and welcoming environment. “Going from a small independent 1A high school in Kentucky to a 7A school in Florida was a big adjustment,” she said. “I am really excited about being able to play close to home and to be coached by Coach Parimore.” Schneider is also is looking forward to making friends who share her Christian values and studying in the business administration program.
Cameron Young #3
Position: Defensive Specialist/Hitter
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Coming from Tampa, Florida, Cameron Young felt like the close-knit community at nearby Florida College was the perfect fit for her. She competes as a defensive specialist and hitter for Freedom High School and the Tampa Elite Volleyball Club and is looking forward to continuing her volleyball career with Coach Parimore and the Lady Falcons. “I absolutely loved Coach Parimore and the players I met during my visit,” Young said. “I’m excited to a part of a team that has such a great winning track record.” While at Florida College, Young plans to study in the communication program and explore other extracurricular opportunities.
Jessica Dills #9
Position: Right Side
Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida
As a transfer student from the State College of Florida, Jessica Dills will bring two years of collegiate experience to the Lady Falcons volleyball team. She began playing volleyball at age eleven and has been supported by her entire family, including her grandparents. “The one person who really inspires me is my grandfather,” Dills said. “He is the person I’ve always looked up to, and he really enjoys volleyball himself.” As she continues her volleyball career at Florida College, Dills will serve as a right side hitter. She also plans to study in the elementary education program and build friendships while growing spiritually.
Brooke Michaelis #14
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Brooke Michaelis will join the Lady Falcons from Lakeland, Florida. She plays in her primary position as a setter for the George Jenkins High School volleyball team and the Souther Selects 18’s club team. As Michaelis transitions to collegiate play, she recognizes that her parents have been her strongest support system. “They’ve been here for me every step of the way, through tears, happiness, anger and all of it,” she said. She is already feeling right at home at Florida College and is excited to continue her volleyball career with such a talented team.
Mary Beth Boudrias #15
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Fort Pierce, Florida
As a transfer student from South Florida State College, Mary Beth Boudrias had the opportunity to play against Florida College in two tough matches last season. Now she is looking forward to joining the Lady Falcons as an outside hitter from Fort Pierce, Florida. “I am most excited to continue my volleyball career as a Falcon because I believe many great things can happen going to a great school like Florida College,” Boudrias said. Although her major is undecided, she intends to get involved on campus however she can.
Victoria Trueheart #17
Position: Outside Hitter/Middle Block
Hometown: Brandon, Florida
Victoria Trueheart comes to the volleyball team at Florida College after playing a season at Southeastern University, where she earned a spot on the First Team All-Sun Conference. Prior to collegiate play, she was homeschooled and played as an outside hitter and middle back for the Tampa Bay HEAT (Home Education Activities Team), alongside current Florida College Falcon Abigail Hodges. Trueheart has played for the same coach, Mark Kachurak, throughout her high-school career and is thankful for his support. “He definitely poured so much into me and actually became my mentor,” she said. She is excited to join a program which has had numerous national championship successes and is looking forward to growing with a new volleyball family.
Mattie Booth #18
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Punta Gorda, Florida
Coming from Punta Gorda, Florida, Mattie Booth plays as an outside hitter for the North Fort Meyers High School volleyball team and her club team, USA SOUTH. She started playing volleyball in fifth grade and is excited to continue playing at the collegiate level with the Florida College Falcons. “I’ve been waiting for this day my whole life. Playing volleyball in college has always been a dream of mine,” Booth said. She felt an instant connection with Florida College’s head coach, Donna Parimore, and admires her dedication to her players when it comes to both volleyball and academics. Off the court, Booth plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a pre-health specialization.