Stetson University volleyball head coach Tim Loesch announced the signing Monday of Jessica Armstrong (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) to the indoor volleyball program and Rachel Mathison (Tampa, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS) to the sand volleyball program for the 2014-15 academic year.
Armstrong, a 6-3 middle blocker and outside hitter, helped lead Benjamin to a 23-3 record and its third straight district championship this past fall. She recorded 544 kills, 296 digs, 129 blocks, and 148 aces in her career, earning first-team all-area honors as a junior from both the Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.
Armstrong also led her club Tribe 17 team to a bronze medal at 2013 junior olympic national tournament while playing up an age group in the 18 American division.
"Jessica has developed into a strong attacker over the years we have scouted her," Loesch said. "She excelled first as a middle blocker, then as an opposite, and is now a dominant outside hitter. Her versatility and work ethic make her a welcome addition to our team."
Mathison, 6-0 outside hitter, recorded 657 kills, 446 digs, 68 blocks and 49 aces during her career at George Steinbrenner High School. She was a first-team two-team all-conference selection and as a senior helped lead her team to a regional championship and the Florida Class 7A State Tournament.
In USA Beach Volleyball events, Mathison placed second at the 2012 East End Volleyball tournament and third at the 2013 Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association tournament.
"Rachel has had good beach training and experience playing against strong competition," Loesch said. "Coupled with her excellent athleticism this makes her a perfect fit for our sand team. She will make a great partner for someone and will be fun to coach."