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BCC Wrapping Up Volleyball Season; Bidding Farewell to Sophomores
October 24, 2012 - With the final home match on tap and his team coming off a successful weekend, Brevard Community College head volleyball coach Herb Tokumoto is hoping for a large turnout on Thursday to bid farewell to four sophomore players.
"Yes it would be nice for the sophomores to be recognized for their accomplishments in academics, athleticism, professionalism and their representation of Brevard Community College and our volleyball program," he said.
BCC hosts Polk State College at 7 p.m. in the Melbourne Campus gym and concludes its season at Friday's tri-match at Lake Sumter Community College.
Sophomores Jamie Darragh of Dayton, NV, Kayla Sullivan of Eustis, Alicia Vaccarelli of Melbourne and Beth Williams of Lake City will play their final matches for BCC.
The coaching staff, in bidding farewell to the sophomores, summed up their careers.
Darragh: "Jamie is a young woman who has grown into a determined young adult. Watching the process has been a joy, especially seeing her growth in maturity. Coming all the way across the country to attend school and play volleyball was a challenge Jamie accepted with pride. Jamie used her previous year's experiences to help the incoming class of freshmen acclimate to college life. She has been a true asset to her younger teammates. We wish Jamie the best of luck in any and all future endeavors."
Sullivan: "Smiles and adversity are the words that come to mind when we think of Kayla. We took this young lady and had her learn a new position and asked her to do it at the collegiate level. Kayla just smiled and said OK. Kayla has done an outstanding job while maintaining her 3.62 GPA. Through all the lessons and challenges thrown her way, Kayla has smiled. It is this same smile, dedication and determination that will carry Kayla forward through life."
Vaccarelli: Alicia has evolved into an all-around athlete. When informed that she would need to learn a new position this year, she embraced the position and has given her all. She has achieved all this and more while maintaining her academics. Her drive to achieve is evident both on and off the court. Talk about a full schedule, Alicia works, attends classes, practices and competes all while maintaining a 3.67 GPA. Those are the things that make us proud to say we know her and that her priorities dictate reaching whatever goals she wants."
Williams: Knowing Beth has given me a vision of a young, determined, woman destined to attain her goals in life. Beth has been a true student-athlete as evidenced by her determination to complete her academic time at Brevard early and graduate in December with a 3.4 GPA. She has truly given us the pleasure of having an athlete who takes her game to the next level of competition and is always ready to compete. We know she will achieve everything she wants in life."
Tokumoto is grateful for their time at BCC and their efforts.
"To my student-athletes thank them for choosing Brevard and our volleyball program," he said. "They have set the standard that will make us a better program. To the parents of these young women, my congratulations on the outstanding job you have done and for letting me have the experience of coaching them and being involved in part of their journey."
BCC is 7-23 after winning three of four matches at last weekend's Lake Sumter tournament. Tokumoto credits his players for the resurgence.
"I agree that the team could have taken the attitude of it's over," he said. "It's a credit to them they went to the tournament as a team and had the attitude they were going to compete and compete they did."