Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State University volleyball program has announced the signing of setter Sarah Wickstrom, who inked her National Letter of Intent and will begin her career with the Seminoles in the 2011 season.
Wickstrom hails from Stuart, Fla., and has starred at Jensen Beach High School since her freshman season in 2007. She helped lead her club to state championships in 2007 and 2009, as well as the regional finals in 2008 and 2010.
As a junior, Wickstrom was named a PrepVolleyball All-American, and is currently ranked as the No. 9 setter in the country and the No. 56 player overall. Her standout junior campaign culminated with Florida 4A Player of the Year honors, first-team all-state honors and a nomination as the Gatorade Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11 athlete is a three-time all-state performer as well as a three-time all-area performer.
“We are very excited to get another great player from Florida,” head coach Chris Poole said. “Volleyball is a sport where you recruit about two years in advance. Our goal is to recruit the Southeast hard and particularly the state of Florida. However, it is important that we still recruit players that can play at the highest level. Sarah accomplishes both those goals. She is recognized as the No. 56 best player from the PrepVolleyball National Ranking and is certainly one of the top setters in the nation.”
Wickstrom provides plenty of depth for the Seminoles at the setter spot for the coming years. Current junior Patricia Figueiredo and sophomore Duygu Duzceler are the team’s two setters for the 2010 season, and the combination of all three gives FSU plenty of options going forward.
The PrepVolleyball Senior Ace also excelled in beach volleyball, winning the Bronze at the 2009 18-Under USA Volleyball Nationals in California. She competed for the Treasure Coast Volleyball Club as well, and was twice named to the Florida Region High Performance Select Team in 2007 and 2008.
“Sarah will fit in well with the next generation of players we are recruiting at Florida State,” Poole added. “She will help us continue to build a program that will be recognized nationally every year. We appreciate the fact that she shared our dream and showed faith in our coaching staff during our first recruiting season.”
“Sarah is one of the premier setters in the country,” assistant coach and primary recruiter Gokhan Yilmaz said. “Florida State will be in good hands once she adapts to the college game.”