Jan. 31, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Standout outside hitter Elise Walch joins the Florida State University volleyball team after having a superb freshman season with Wisconsin in 2010.
"We are very excited that Elise has joined our program," head coach Chris Poole said. "She was rated one of the Top 30 best players in the country by Prep Volleyball in 2010 and we expect her to compete for immediate court time. Elise has played both left side and right side and we plan to work with her in both positions. She adds another talented Florida player to our roster and we have worked hard the past two years to recruit the best in the state for our 2011 and 2012 recruiting needs."
The 6-foot-5 student-athlete from Stuart, Fla., adds a strong presence to an outside hitting unit that already shows plenty of depth for the 2011 season. In addition to the talented Walch, FSU brings back AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans Visnja Djurdjevic and Rachael Morgan, Jekaterina Stepanova and former All-ACC freshman selection Fatma Yildirim.
Walch is currently training to take over right-side duties for the 2011 season, helping fill a void left by All-ACC and AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention player Stephanie Neville - who finished her senior year in 2010.
Walch proved her offensive ability last season after finishing second on the Badgers with 2.56 kills per set. She tallied 220 kills in 86 sets, playing in 28 matches and starting nine.
The former Martin County High player was a heralded high school prospect, being named a MaxPreps First Team All-American in 2009 and a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 member. Walch was also an ESPN Rise Second Team All-American, a Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-American and a PrepVolleyball.com Schelde National Player of the Year finalist.
The South Florida native came out of high school known as one of the hardest hitters in prep volleyball. Her addition to next year's team provides even more power for an athletic and skilled unit.