Suns Add More to Incoming Class
KISSIMMEE. The Lady Suns welcome another group of recruits for the fall. Alise Morris from Leesburg, Florida, CJ Bradley from Atlanta, Andrea Archuleta from El Paso, Texas, Mandie Flynn from Reno, Nevada, and Amy Landolt and Sara Ann Lanneaux both from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Alise Morris from Tavares HS was a 3 year varsity player and team captain her senior year on a team coached by Kerry Mason. She was starting Libero in 2011 and led the team in digs. Coach Butski became aware of Alise’s interest in Florida Christian last fall but was unable to see her inaction after Alise broke her foot during her club season with Ocala Power. When she was finally able to make it out to campus this past spring, Coach was impressed wither her ball control and incredible leaping ability- not too many 4’11” players can play ABOVE the net, but Alise sure can. Coach Butski says, “Alise is an exceptional athlete, and comes from a strong Christian family and church atmosphere. The fact that she chose for her signing to be done at her church speaks volumes about her commitment to Christ and her church family.” Alise is also a top student who will follow the volleyball program’s commitment to maintain high marks in the classroom and she will certainly be a student leader off the court as well as on it.
Crystal (CJ) Bradley was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Riverdale HS in 2006. While at Riverdale, CJ was on the principals list A/B Honor Roll. She also played varsity softball (first base) and ran track. During her senior year, CJ was the homecoming queen! She loves to sing and play guitar, and above all else help others. She has been actively involved at her church and with missions. Coach Butski is looking forward to watching her grow and develop on the court. “CJ will provide depth and athleticism on the front row for the Lady Suns this fall and we’re looking forward to getting her back to Kissimmee and begin her training for the 2012 season.” She plans to major in Counseling during her time at Florida Christian.
Andrea Archuleta from El Paso Texas came to visit Florida Christian in May with her mother and left with a new college home. After spending time with Andrea, Coach Butski realized that she was not only a top athlete, but also has an incredible heart and a passion for her faith. She played three seasons as middle blocker on the varsity at Del Valle HS and was coached there by Jesse Lugo. In each of those seasons, she was voted 1st Team All District 2-4A. Andrea led Del Valle and district in blocking her senior year and won “All Defensive Blocker of the Year” and All City Honorable Mention while playing as team captain for the 24-5 Conquistadors. She also played two years of varsity softball and four years of varsity basketball for Del Valle where she was also named to the All District team in multiple years. Andrea is currently finishing up her club season with El Paso Net Force. Her 18’s team qualified for USAV Nationals and will compete at the National Championships in Columbus Ohio later this month.
Sara Ann Lanneaux graduated from Fort Lauderdale Christian School in 2010 where she also played softball and was a cheerleader. She spent time studying at Broward Community College prior to deciding to attend Florida Christian. Sara Ann is spending her summer working at Christian camp in North Georgia and expects to bring some spiritual fire with her when she gets to campus in August. She will be used primarily as a defensive and serving specialist as she grows accustomed to the speed and systems of college volleyball. Coach Butski is excited about her decision to become a Lady Sun- “Sara Ann has a huge heart and a love for others. Her emotional strength and attitude will allow her to become a campus and team leader and we are fortunate to have her become a part of our program.” Sara Ann plans to complete the Elementary Education program at Florida Christian and become a teacher.
Mandie Flynn will be transferring from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She graduated in 2006 from North Valleys HS in Reno and played for Capitol City Volleyball Club. Mandie is a setter and DS and will rely on her court awareness and experience to help the team both offensively and defensively. Coach Butski appreciates Mandie’s volleyball IQ and the level of maturity she brings with her as an older traditional student. “The fact that Mandie did not start college right out of high school has allowed her to collect real life experiences that she can share with her teammates and other students on campus. She has continued her volleyball development through various adult leagues in Reno and with all those touches comes invaluable experience.” She has a wonderful love of the Lord and plans to major in Music & Worship Ministry.”
Amy Landolt is a 2012 graduate of South Plantation HS in Fort Lauderdale and was involved in the same youth group at Victory Life Church in Fort Lauderdale with future teammate Sara Ann Lanneaux and FCC Soccer recruit Jaclyn Bromir. Amy will provide depth defensively and at the service line this fall and is an active beach player. She is looking forward to not only the indoor season but also the spring sand season. Coach Butski was impressed with Amy as a great fit for the program and the college. “Amy fits into everything we are as a volleyball program and a college. She understands the hard work involved in being a Christian college athlete not only on the court, but in the classroom, as a spiritual leader, and within our campus community as well. Amy is sure to leave her mark in every aspect of her time as a student-athlete here at the college.”
The Suns compete in the South Region of the NCCAA and had a program best thirteen wins in 2011. The program is committed to honoring God with our best in all that we do in service to Him, to Florida Christian College, and to each other.
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