The Tallahassee Juniors Volleyball Club brought back five different first place awards following the A-Town Showdown volleyball tournament in Atlanta this week.
The local club’s 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s and 18s teams all won their respective age divisions. TJVC’s 16s team won second place honors at the tournament.
Football players among those making debuts for FSU track today
The second-phase of Florida State’s still-young indoor track & field season gets going in earnest Friday and Saturday at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational, where the Seminoles will be represented by a large group of sprinters and field event personnel, along with the women’s distance team.
Senior Dentarius Locke, one of the top sprinters in the world, will make his debut in the 60-meter dash against strong competition in the meet, which will include more than 30 teams as well as post-collegiate athletes at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“This is a chance for us to do really well, particularly in the explosive events,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “You’re into the season now. You’re not knocking the rust off any more; you’re not finding your way.”
Like Locke, several Seminoles will get their first taste of action in their specialty events, including Elizabeth Ichite and Sage Watson in the 400, Nicole Setterington in the 60-meter hurdles as well as Alonzo Russell, Michael Cherry and Harris in the 400.
Freshmen Jalen Ramsey and John Franklin III will make their track & field debuts, after joining the squad from the BCS National Championship football team. Ramsey slated for action in the long jump, where he will be joined by veterans Stefan Brits and Paul Madzivire. Franklin with compete in the 60-meter dash along with another promising freshman, Cejhae Greene.
Neff ends FSU volleyball career with honors
Ashley Neff can add one more accolade to her decorated Seminole career.
Florida State’s senior middle blocker was named to Volleyball Magazine’s All-American Third Team this month.
“I’m very honored with this award,” Neff said “I’ve really enjoyed my four years with the Florida State volleyball program and would like to thank all of my teammates and coaches that have helped to make me a better player.”
Neff was one of nine middle blockers recognized in the January issue of the publication.
In her final season with the Seminoles, Neff became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to lead the league in blocking in three-straight seasons. The Kennesaw, Ga. native closed out her FSU career with her name in the school’s record books. She finished second in career block assists (525) and third in career total blocks (612) at FSU.
Following the Seminoles’ 2013 season she was named to the All-ACC First Team.
“I’m very proud of what Ashley accomplished during her four years at Florida State,” head coach Chris Poole said. “She is an exceptional athlete and worked very hard to make herself into an exceptional volleyball player. Through her effort and determination she accomplished a lot during her career.”