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For the second consecutive year, a Eustis High volleyball athlete has signed a scholarship with Brevard  Community College in Cocoa, Fla.

Samantha Spring gets a high five from her mother Wendy Spring as her father George Spring and Lady Titans Coach Herb Tokumoto applaud her signing her scholarship offer from Brevard Community College.

Samantha Spring will join last year’s signee Kayla Sullivan on the Lady Titans volleyball team to bring some “Panther Pride” to the east coast of Florida. Similar to Sullivan, Spring caught the eye of Lady Titans coaches during a tryout. Coach Herb Tokumoto said she was a standout from more than 70 young ladies at the tryout.

“She was one of two our staff picked,” he said. “It just worked out great.”

Spring was a standout senior leader for the 18-6 Eustis High Lady Panthers squad this season by serving 142 times and scoring 98 points. The outside hitter also had 224 kills out of approximately 450 attempts at the net. Out of 75 attempts, she registered 11 solo blocks and 45 assisted blocks.

“She’s a great kid and all-around student,” said Teresa Wade, Coach of the girls’ volleyball team at Eustis High. “It’s been a joy coaching her for four years and watching her grow and mature into the person she is today.”

With a 3.9 un-weighted GPA, Spring is a National Honor Society member and was also a member of the Eustis High homecoming court.


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When Eustis High School senior Kayla Sullivan leaves for college next year, she will be able to continue to compete in the sport she loves.

Kayla Sullivan signs her scholarship offer while looking on are Eustis High Coach Teresa Wade and Brevard Community College Head Coach Herb Tokumoto.

Sullivan signed a volleyball scholarship offer with Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla., on March 2.

“Kayla caught my eye as a sophomore player,” said Teresa Wade, Coach of the girls’ volleyball team at Eustis High. “She was so well rounded and respectable as a player. She accepted my ‘coaching style’ as soon as I came into Eustis High without any flack. Kayla is one of those ‘coachable’ players that every coach wants.”

Sullivan helped the Eustis Lady Panthers to an impressive 19-4 record this year. During the course of the season, she recorded 69 kills, 181 digs, 80 blocks, 235 serves and 73 service aces.

She found out Brevard Community College was interested in her joining the Lady Titans squad when coaches invited her to a tryout. With her full scholarship, Sullivan hopes to study and go into the field of physical therapy.

“I considered the location, the education style and the type of people I would be around on a daily basis,” she said. “I have been constantly staying healthy and working out and trying to keep in shape for the next level.”

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The Clermont Middle School boys’ volleyball team and the Eustis Middle School girls’ volleyball squad took home trophies last week when the teams were victorious at the Lake County Middle School Volleyball Championships at Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg.

Eustis Middle team includes (back row, left to right) Kiana Mullen, Katie Pettaway, Caroline Mullen, Erin Kennedy, Autumn Josey, Danielle Cirilo, Brianna Lemon, (front row) Raelyn Heers, Sophia Judkins, Randi Rutledge, Ashley Latimer, Brittany Falconer, Peyton Parent, Kristi Roberts and Darian Heers. (Not pictured: Rebecca Curtis)

Clermont Middle School downed Mount Dora Middle School for its second straight title and perfect season while the Eustis Middle School girls’ team wrapped up its perfect season by defeating Windy Middle School. With an 11-0 record for the season, Eustis coaches Dana Linam and Monica Brewer were all smiles after the championship.

“This team performed so well for a few reasons,” Linam said. “First, I have some very talented players and experienced eighth graders. They have been the nicest group of eighth graders I have coached in many years. They lead by example and always encouraged their younger teammates.

“I had confidence in these girls going into the season and kept telling them we were going to the championship,” she added. “I wanted them to believe that and in themselves. This was the only option in my mind knowing the abilities of my players.”

The Clermont Middle School boys’ volleyball team completed another perfect season earning their second championship in two years. This makes the Falcons 18-0 over the past two seasons.

Clermont Middle team includes (front row, left to right) Jordan Zinn, Peter Reyes, Scorekeeper Kyle Garner, (second row) Coach Rebecca Mendoza, Carlon Holder, Rey Munoz, Lorenzo Rodgers, Luke Carson, Michael Larson, Logan Brouwer, (back row) Walter Wilkerson, Andrew Botia-Estevez, Dajoin Egleston, Drew Mendoza and Dylan Persaud.

“The Mount Dora team was very talented, but our team showed terrific teamwork and didn’t lose their composure when they were down,” said Coach Rebecca Mendoza. “Volleyball is all about teamwork and that’s what we stressed the entire season — technique and teamwork.”

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