2016 Daytona State Volleyball Season Overview
Daytona State College will enter its fourth season for the program in 2016. The Falcons return 8 players from the 2015 roster and have added some exceptional talent to round out their 2016 rosters.
With 8 returners, the Falcons will enjoy having experience on the court this season. The 2016 sophomores recorded a 19-13 record in 2015 and were ranked 21st in the nation at the close of the 2015 season. They finished 2nd in the Mid-Florida Conference and advanced to the FCSAA Regional Tournament where they went 1-2 in tournament play.
Key players that return from the starting line up from 2015 are sophomore setter, Megan Miller. Miller was named to 1st Team All-Conference in 2015 and 1235 assists on the season, landing her 12th in the nation. Additionally, the Falcons two right sides, (2nd Team All-Conference) Tania Kottke and Ashley Hughes will return. Both bring powerful attacks on the right side and a big block for opponents to swing around. Sophomore, Erika Barbour, is hopeful she can ward off injuries to stay an active contributor in the Falcon's offense. Barbour's heavy swing and ability to play 6 rotations will be significant for the Falcons. Starting MH, Alexus Sharp will return, as well as, Marija Janjusevic to contribute to the offense. Haleigh Delligatti, will be back for her final season with the Falcons at the libero position.
Daytona State has added depth and talent with the 2016 recruiting class. Ball control was definitely on Coach Stegall's mind when she brought in libero, Mikayla Fabricant and 6 rotation OH/DS, Yorelis Rios. Additionally, Paula Fabian has been brought aboard to fill the shoes of former outside hitter standout, Alica Kandler who has moved on to play for the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University. Middle, Sandra Hovel, will come to the Falcons from a talented program in Germany and will provide eperience, power, and depth at the middle hitting position. The extremely talented athlete, Kyra Ross, will be able to play multiple roles for the Falcons. Her impressive speed and vertical will make her a force to be reckoned with. The final 2016 freshman is a 5'9" setter from Central Florida. She has played at a high level at Oviedo High School and with Top Select's Elite Club team this past season.
2016 is sure to be an exciting year. The Falcons will enjoy their veteran leadership and strength, athleticism, and skill being brought to the program by the incoming freshman.