Local Volleyball Stars Make History as the First Known Players to Commit to NCAA Sand Volleyball Scholarships

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Stephanie Pellitteri of Deerfield Beach, FL, became the first known player to commit to the newly approved NCAA Sand Volleyball Scholarship. Since then, two more players from the Orlando area have followed in her footsteps.

Stephanie Pellitteri has become the first known player to commit to the newly approved NCAA Sand Volleyball Scholarship.

Stephanie Pellitteri of Deerfield Beach, Florida, became the first known player to commit to the newly approved NCAA Sand Volleyball Scholarship. As one of the top sand recruits in the state, Pellitteri decided to join the Florida State University (FSU) team after a visit there in March 2011. Shortly after, two more players from the Orlando area would follow in her footsteps.

The NCAA approved Sand Volleyball as a new college sport for women and will begin in 2012. Although many schools are slow at getting started, Florida State University wasted no time in recruiting three of the top players in Florida for their inaugural season.

Although all three players have “committed”, the official date for this new NCAA sport is April 13th, 2011.

Stephanie Pellitteri, Aurora Newgard and Jeassica McGregor have all been star players for Club Beach Dig, a junior’s beach volleyball club founded by professional beach volleyball player and coach Cindy Phillips almost 5 years ago. Phillips began her club with just thirty kids on Deerfield Beach back in 2007 and Stephanie Pellitteri was one of them. Since then Phillips has expanded her junior’s beach volleyball program across the nation with over 400 members in several different states across the U.S.

On Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, Club Beach Dig is proud to host a signing party for all three players. The party will be held at JB’s On the Beach in Deerfield Beach, FL. JB’s manager Scott Moen has been a huge supporter of Club Beach Dig from the beginning and was excited to hear the news that a local player was about to make history.

The signing party will begin at 6pm and the actual signing will take place at 7pm. We hope the media and the community will join us in celebrating this milestone in the sport of beach volleyball. Stephanie, Aurora and Jeassica will pave the way for many more young girls who now have a new opportunity to play the game they love at the college level.

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