March 24, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State soccer head coach Patrick Baker has announced that four players have signed national letters of intent to play soccer at FSU in 2004. Three of the new Seminoles are from the state of Florida and the fourth hails from Colorado. Florida State graduates just two seniors from a team that finished the year ranked fourth in the nation and made its first ever College Cup appearance in 2003.
Armani Rice (Parker, CO/Smoky Hill HS) is the second consecutive player from the state of Colorado to commit to the Seminoles. She joins Rachel McDowell who had a stellar freshman season after coming to FSU from Colorado's Wheat Ridge HS. Libby Gianeskis (Tarpon Springs, FL/Tarpon Springs HS) is fresh off a state title and should come in and fulfill an immediate need being a left footed back. She is a Region III pool player and a five-year member of the Florida ODP squad. Holly Peltzer (Lake Mary, FL/Lake Mary HS) is another fixture on the Florida ODP team and has also been called into Regional ODP camp on two occasions. The forward is expected to join in right away with returners Leah Gallegos and Julia Schnugg. Sage Sizemore (Cape Coral, FL/Mariner HS) is an all around athlete that will provide speed and depth in the midfield.
"We are very excited about the four young ladies that have committed to Florida State. Each of them share our vision of remaining as one of the top teams in the ACC and on the national scene," said Baker. "While only graduating two seniors, we felt we needed four to five players to enter our program and fulfill identifiable needs. These young ladies bring a great deal of speed and skill to our program."
Complete bios and quotes from Baker on all four signees are included in this release.
Florida State continues spring action this Saturday, March 27 with two home games. The Tribe plays the CSA All-Stars club team at 11:00 a.m. and then hosts Georgia State at 7:00 p.m. The Georgia State game will feature the first ever Internet radio broadcast of Seminole soccer. Please click the following link on game day to access the free broadcast. Listen To Seminole Soccer Live
ODP: Five-year member of the Florida state ODP team (1998-2003)...Region III Team 2000...Region III pool 2003. CLUB: Hillsborough County United U18 state champs 2003. HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterwinner...captain junior & senior year...named Most Valuable Player junior year...honorable mention freshmen and sophomore year...St. Petersburg Times all county first team...Pinellas coaches first team junior year. ACADEMIC HONORS: National Honor Society...honor roll all four years. Chose FSU over Auburn University, Louisiana State and University of South Carolina. Her mom, dad, brother and uncle all attended Florida State. ACCORDING TO BAKER: "Libby is one of the best defenders in the state of Florida. She has size, speed, skill and is strong on the tackle. Being naturally left footed is a huge asset since we lost both our outside left back and midfielder to graduation. She led her high school team to a state championship in February and was playing as well as anyone in the state. We wanted her to be a Seminole very early in the recruiting process and feel fortunate to have her this fall."
ODP: ODP Southeastern Regional Camp 2000 and 2003... ODP State Team 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. CLUB: CSA All-Stars...National SuperClubs Champions July 2003...Orange Classic MVP and Champions (2002)...Orange Classic Champions (2003)... Champions-Countryside International-Apr. 2003, 2002...USYSA Region III Premier League Team.... State Cup Final Four 2000 and 2001...WAGS Quarterfinalist 2000...State Cup Finalist 1999 and 2000...team captain 2000-2002. HIGH SCHOOL: 2004 Seminole All-County...All-Central Florida first team...2004 Offensive MVP...2003 High School State Semi-Finalist (Lake Mary)...2003 4A conference, district and regional champions...2002 High School state champions (Lake Mary)...2003 Michelle Akers All-Tournament team...champions of the 2002 Michelle Akers Classic...district champions 2001...2001 state quarterfinalist. ACADEMIC HONORS: Honor Roll...Alzheimer's Respite Care Volunteer. Chose FSU over Auburn University and University of South Carolina. ACCORDING TO BAKER: "Holly is a very talented forward who will be a welcomed addition to our front line. She has speed, can score goals and is a very good passer of the ball. Another trait she possess that I like a lot is her work rate - she is always trying to make something productive happen. She seems to be as comfortable playing with her back to goal as she is running at people, which you don't find that combination very often. We see her fitting in up top right away and she will give us another goal scorer in the final third.
ODP: Attended Regional Camp in Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho) in 2001 and 2002... ODP Nike Friendship Cup Portland, Oregon 2003...Colorado State Pool: 1999-2000...Colorado State Team: 2000-2001 and 2002-2003...Texas State Pool: 1998-1999. CLUB: U-18 Real National Colorado (2002-2003 as a U-17 player)...State Finalists...received wild card invitation for Far West Regionals in 2003 (Hawaii) and 2004 (Spokane)...Raleigh Durham CASL Shootout Champions...finished 3rd in Orange Classic...currently a member of U-18 Colorado Rush Nike...State Finalists...League Champions...Raleigh Durham CASL Shootout Champions...Disney's Soccer Showcase Champions. HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...second leading scorer sophomore year...second leading scorer junior year...assists leader sophomore year. ACADEMIC HONORS: Principle's Merit Roll...AVID Scholar...Honor Roll...Dean's Assistant. Chose FSU over Oregon, Missouri, American and Iowa State. ACCORDING TO BAKER: "Armani came onto our radar screen very late in the process, but we are very thankful she did. She is a wonderful athlete who possesses an extra gear as a wide midfielder. Her ability to provide great service from the flank area will be great in our system. We really rate her now, but also feel she has a tremendous upside. Armani reminds me of Jez Ratliff when she was coming out of high school and feel she can have the same type of career.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Cape Coral Breeze Athlete of the Week...News-Press Athlete of the Week...2003 Cape Coral Breeze Athlete of the Year...two-time high school top scorer (Bishop Verot 2002 and Mariner High School 2003)...Florida State finalist in 2001 (Bishop Verot)...second for most assists on two occasions...two-time Newspress All-Area team 2002 and 2003...all-state team 2003...named all-conference by conference coaches and Newspress...second most points in Lee County...coach's pick team...participated in Florida's junior all- star showcase at USF...track and field letterwinner from 2000-2002...long jump record holder at Bishop Verot High School. ACADEMIC HONORS: Honors and AP Classes...honor roll...100+ hours of community service. Chose FSU over University of Florida, University of Miami, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Ohio State. ACCORDING TO BAKER: "Sage could be one of the best kept secrets in the 2004 class nationally. After the Final Four, we knew we needed some additional help in the midfield and she was the answer. She has good size, speed, skill and can play make with the best of them. Her rotating in with the likes of Camie Bybee, Rachel McDowell and India Trotter will lift our midfield to another level. She completed another recruiting class that will help us continue our quest to win a national championship.