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Jazmin Alexander is a 5’9” outside hitter from Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, IN. Alexander athleticism and strength have earned her honors for the past two years as All SAC. In addition to playing for her high school program, Alexander has grown her game with Summit City Wave club volleyball. Alexander’s strengths include an explosive vertical, powerful attack, and a strong jump serve. She is an exceptional student-athlete at Northrop High School.
Caitlin Conner is a 5’8” setter for Lakeland High School. Conner’s athleticism lends to her playing multiple positions on the volleyball court. She has additionally played right side, as well as, assumed defensive duties for her club and high school teams. Conner was recently named #1 in Ledger’s “Tremendous Ten”. Conner is currently ranked 2nd in Florida and 16th in the nation for assists. Conner is a three year varsity starter for Lakeland High School.
Halle Dotson is a 6’1” right side for the Merritt Island Mustangs. This southpaw will add a solid attack from the right side, as well as, a large block. Dotson is completing her high school season at Merritt Island where her and her teammates hope to repeat last year’s 5A State Championship. Dotson has played four years of varsity for this dominant high school program. She has earned All Cape Coast Conference honors, All Star Player at several volleyball camps, and qualified for Junior Olympics. Dotson is not only an exceptional volleyball player but an all-star in the classroom. She is a member of Student Government and Key Club, as well as, a member of the Junior National Honor Society. Dotson is joining Mustang teammate, Danielle Klein, as members of the Falcon volleyball team.
Lauren Vanderveer is a senior middle hitter for Eau Gallie High School. At 6’0”, Vanderveer has the versatility and the passing ability to play any position on the court. She has trained in multiple capacities, and currently leads Brevard County in hitting percentage at .426. Vanderveer is a four year starter for Eau Gallie. In 2011, Vanderveer was named District 7 Class 6A Player of the Year in 2011, as well as, her team’s Most Valuable Player. Additionally, with her team claiming District Champions and Regional Quarterfinal Champions in 2011, Vanderveer was named to the Cape Coast All-Conference team. Vanderveer played club for OVA in 2012. Vanderveer and teammate, Halle Dotson capped off their club season by competing in the Junior National Championships in Columbus, OH.
Daytona State’s most recent commitment comes from Naples, FL. Kori Jacot is a 6’1” middle hitter for Baron Collier High School. Jacot is not just a standout on her high school team, she also excels on her club team USA South. In 2011 Jacot received Barron Collier’s Coaches Award for her exceptional season, as well as, NDN All Area Team. Additionally, she has received MVP and MIP club honors during her many years involved in club volleyball. Jacot is an explosive player that brings a strong attack and solid block to the Falcons.
Danielle Klein, from Merritt Island, FL has committed to play for the Falcons in their inaugural 2013 season. As a setter, Klein directs the offense for the Lady Mustangs of Merritt Island High School. In 2011, she helped her team to a FHSAA, 5A State Championship. She is currently chasing the school record for assists. In addition to playing volleyball for Merritt Island High School, Klein has competed with both Cape Coast and Orlando Volleyball Academy club programs.
Kayla Carr will join the Falcons from Niceville, FL. She currently is a senior at Niceville High School. At 5’11” she has the versatility, athleticism, and experience to play anywhere in the front row.
Carr and her teammates are accustomed to winning. In her career at Niceville, she has helped her team to a FHSAA Final Four and University of Florida Team Camp Championship. In addition to playing for Niceville High School, she plays club volleyball with West Florida Revolution.
Carr isn’t just an excelling volleyball player. She is an exceptional student. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally she has recorded numerous academic awards including Anne T. Mitchell Academic Honors, National Honors Society Scholar Award, and Triple “A” Award.
On a special night when Shelby Jelinek was honored by Viera High School for recording her 1,000th career dig, she made her commitment to play at Daytona State College for the 2013 season. She has been a varsity starter for Viera High School for the last four years. Additionally, she has been team captain the last two years.
This skilled libero earned honors as All Space Coast (Florida Today) in 2011. That same season she was recognized as team MVP and set the school season digs record with 517 digs.
In addition to her exceptional career at Viera High School, Jelinek plays club volleyball for Orlando Volleyball Academy and is involved in AAU Beach Volleyball. She has earned an impressive 6th and 13th place finishes in the National AAU Beach Finals.
Jelinek excels in the classroom, as well, with a 3.4 grade point average.
Joely Cabrera committed to the Falcon program over the weekend. Cabrera is a native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico and attends Colegio Carmen Sol, INC. school. She currently has a 3.98 gpa. She is a 5’8” outside hitter that has an impressive vertical and strong arm swing. With a powerful jump serve and the ability to pass, she offers the Falcon a strong all-around player. Cabrera is the fourth commitment for the Daytona State Volleyball program that will sign their official letters of intent on November 1, 2012.
Rachel Barker of Orlando, FL committed to play at Daytona State College. Barker a 6’1” middle hitter will join the Falcon volleyball program as they begin their inaugural season in 2013.
Barker is set to begin her senior year at Geneva High School. In addition to playing volleyball for her high school, Barker also plays club volleyball with Dunamis.
Barker’s ability to lead earned her a role as team captain for the 2011 high school season. Her talents on the volleyball court were recognized as she received the honor of All Conference her sophomore and junior high school seasons.
“Rachel is a talented player that I am confident will flourish at Daytona State. She has the desire to work hard and develop her game, and I am excited to see her growth, “Stegall commented on Barker’s recent commitment.
Gabi Meyer, a Daytona Beach, FL native, has committed to play with the 2013 Daytona State Volleyball program. This Volusia County stand out is beginning her senior volleyball season at Atlantic High School.
Meyer is a 6’2” middle hitter who delivers a solid attack. In addition to competing with her high school team, Meyer played for Atlantic Coast Juniors Volleyball Club. Meyer had the opportunity to train under Stegall’s direction with ACJ during the 2012 club season.
“Gabi is an impressive young lady that will offer the Falcon’s volleyball program more than just talented play. Gabi excels in the classroom and is extremely competitive on the court,” commented Stegall on the program’s second commitment for 2013.
Meyer is a three time varsity volleyball participant at Atlantic High School. After receiving honors for most improved player her sophomore season, Meyer went on to lead her team in kills in her 2011, junior season. Meyer’s current grade point average of 3.80 confirms her drive to be a success in the classroom as well.
Coach Stegall is proud to announce the Falcons first commitment for the 2013 season. Khiani Kelly is a 5’9” outside hitter that brings a strong, explosive attack. Additionally, Kelly will provide a consistent pass and defensive presence in the back row.
Kelly is senior at Newsome High School in Lithia, FL. She also competes with the prolific KP Elites club program, under the direction of Keba Phipps. Stegall is excited about the program’s first commitment, and is confident that Kelly will have a successful career with the Falcon volleyball program.
Coach Stegall commented on the Falcon’s first commitment, “Today is a special day for Falcon volleyball. Khiani has the privilege of being the program’s first commitment. Her talents on the volleyball court and in the classroom will make her a great fit for the Daytona State volleyball program.”