Florida College Falcons are 2010 Volleyball National Champions
LOUISVILLE, KY- When it comes a volleyball championship match, it does not get any more exciting than the 2010 Volleyball National Championship match between Florida College and Spalding University that occurred this afternoon. Both teams entered the match unbeaten throughout the tournament. Both teams were seeded number one in their pool, and came into the tournament seeded number one and two , respectively. Both teams have traded the volleyball national title back and forth for the past three years. This year would be the fourth time they would face off in the National Championship match and it would come as no surprise that the match would come down to the wire.
As Florida won the first set, only to have Spalding come back and win the second, it was clear that neither team was going down without a fight. After alternating wins in the first four sets, the teams found themselves at 2-2. A fifth and final set would have to be played to determine who would reign as the 2010 USCAA Volleyball National Champion. Neck and neck, neither team saw a lead of more than two points in the final set. In the end, Florida College defended their national title as they pulled off a victory 18-16.
Florida was led by sophomore Kerri Taylor, a 2010 Academic All-American, 2010 All-American, 2010 All-Tournament Team member, and 2010 Tournament MVP.
When asked how it felt to defend their national title, Florida’s head coach Donna Parimore responded “I haven’t had time to digest it all yet. It’s surreal.” One thing that is definitely surreal is the fact that Florida and Spalding have found themselves playing each other in the championship game for the past four years consecutively. “I knew (Spalding) would be the tough competition and they would be the ones to be worried about,” said Parimore.
The 2010 USCAA Volleyball National Championship tournament has wrapped up in Louisville, KY. According to Coach Parimore, the tournament was “the best run USCAA tournament I have ever been a part of.” This is due to all of the hard work that Spalding University, namely athletic director Roger Burkman, head volleyball coach Bridget Yates, and all of Spalding’s outstanding staff and volunteers have put in to make this year’s tournament special.
The USCAA would like to congratulate Coach Parimore and Florida College on a well-deserved title as the 2010 USCAA Volleyball National Champion.