Nov. 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Sand Volleyball team welcomed three new members to its family for the 2014-15 season on Friday.
Florida State head coach Danalee Corso announced three top prospects have signed their National Letters of Intent to enroll at Florida State University next year. Meghan Conway, Vanessa Freire, and Victoria Paranagua will sport the Garnet and Gold next fall.
Meghan Conway is a 5-9 attacker from Stuart, Fla. She helped lead Jensen Beach High School to back-to-back State Finals in her junior and senior seasons, winning the title in 2012. She plays club volleyball for the Treasure Coast Volleyball Club.
"Meghan [Conway] is one of the top players here in Florida and is consistently winning here on the Junior Beach Volleyball Tour," Danalee Corso said. "We are committed to getting the very best in Florida and she has definitely been that the past few years."
Vanessa Freire, a 5-10 Windermere, Fla., native, helped Lake Highland Prep reach the Class 4A State Finals this year. The No. 1 recruit in Florida in the 2014 Class, Freire took second at the National High Performance U19 Beach Championship at Hermosa Beach in 2012 and has been a member of the Junior National beach team for several years. Freire also participated in the USA Volleyball Girls' A1/A2 Youth Holiday High Performance Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. in December, 2012. She currently plays for Sonshine Volleyball Club.
"Vanessa [Freire] is probably the most athletic player we have ever recruited," Corso said."She has a huge vertical jump. She has been playing with the USA Junior National team. She's done the best from Florida on the national tour. She has a huge future. She is a top track athlete and still has a lot of potential."
Victoria Paranagua is a 6-1 Austin, Texas, native who attends L.C. Anderson High School. Paranagua earned a bid to the International Division at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships by placing second in the U18 division at the Houston Open in 2013. She's earned bids to USA's Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships in 2013, and participated in the USA Volleyball Girls' A1/A2 Youth Holiday High Performance Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. in December, 2012. Paranagua plays for the Austin Junior Volleyball Club.
"Victoria [Paranagua] is a very competitive swimmer," Corso said. "She could have swam for the Brazilian National team, but decided she fell in love with beach volleyball. She has a lot of potential. She started late in the game, so we are excited to see what she is going to do when she gets the kind of training she needs here at Florida State."
Corso said the Seminoles are excited about the trio of signees and may look to add a few more potential Seminoles by the end of the signing period.
The Seminoles will be looking to advance to its third consecutive national championship event in 2014. The season begins March 8-9 in St. Augustine Beach, Fla. when it faces UNF, Florida International, ULM and South Carolina in a two-day competition.
The Seminoles are expected to be led by All-Americans Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom, last season's No. 1 pair, along with 2012 All-American Aurora Davis. FSU also will look for strong performances from sisters Kristina and Stephanie Pellitteri, court partners who went 34-5 last year and tallied a 3-1 mark at the AVCA National Championships. For more information on Florida State sand volleyball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter @FSU_SVB and like their official Facebook page.