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Patriots Sign Volleyball Player
    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s volleyball coach Sonny Kirkpatrick has announced the signing of Jessica Lombardi of Massillon, Ohio, to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots this fall.

    Lombardi, a 5-11 outside hitter, is a product of Jackson High School, where she played for coach Julie Kovick.  She also played club volleyball for coaches Jim Park, Bob McFarland, and Ben Marquette.

    As a senior, she tallied 202 kills, 183 digs, 20 service aces, and 18 solo blocks in 73 games.  She also compiled a serve reception percentage of 85 percent and a serve percentage of 90 percent.  She helped lead the Polar Bears to the Federal League Tournament title.

    Lombardi is a four-time All-Federal League selection, and in 2004 was named the league’s Player of the Year.  She was also named the 2004 Stark County Player of the Year and was an honorable mention All-State pick.  She earned All-District honors each of the past four seasons, and was the 2004 District 4 VBCA Player of the Year.  She was selected to play in the State Coaches Association Volleyball All-Star Match.

    Off the court, she served as senior class president and was a member of the National Honor Society.

     “I am very excited to have Jessica join our program,” said Kirkpatrick.  “She is very athletic and solid in all phases of the game.  She is quick and moves well along the net, and may see some action in the middle.  She hails from strong high school and club programs, and she possesses the talent to come in and contribute immediately.”

    Last fall, Francis Marion completed its most successful season in five years with a 21-14 record and a third-place finish during the Peach Belt Conference regular season.  The 2004 Patriot roster did not include any seniors.

    During last year’s early signing period, FMU inked Amy Witko, a 5-8 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Toledo, Ohio.



Last Published: May 31, 2005 12:28 PM
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