Ocala, FL-- A pair of standouts who helped the College of Central Florida volleyball team to an FCSAA Championship in 2012 signed national letter-of-intents with four-year programs on Thursday.
CF sophomores Brittney Brown (Florida Atlantic) and Raveen Golston (Winthrop) signed scholarships and continued a strong run for the program in its three years of existence under head coach Flavia Siqueira.
Brown, a 6-foot-1 middle out of Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School knew she was in the right place when she stepped foot on the FAU campus.
"I liked everything about it," said Brown. "One of things I liked best about (FAU) was its coach (Fernanda Nelson). She coaches just like (Siqueira) and that made me feel very comfortable.
"Brown earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors and was also the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year. She also earned All-State and All-Tournament honors and finished her career with 679 kills, including 499 this past season.
Brown fondly remembered winning the state title as a freshman.
"Winning state my freshman year felt great," said Brown, who extended a streak of three-straight MFC Player of the Years and NJCAA All-Americans from CF. "Coming in as a freshman, you aren't sure what to expect, but everything came together and my experience at (CF) was better than I thought it would be.
"I had the chance to play for a great coach and I enjoyed it."
Golston echoed Brown's sentiments about playing for Siqueira.
"My experience (at CF) was better than I thought it would be and having the chance to play for one of the best coaches I have ever played for or seen in my life meant a lot," Golston said.
Golston, a first-team All-Conference and All-Tournament selection, earned FCSAA Defensive Player of the Week this past season. The sophomore from West Columbia, S.C., registered 479 kills and 418 digs this past season.
Golston felt Winthrop had everything she was looking for in taking the next step in her career as a student-athlete.
"I really like (Winthrop's academics)," Golston said. "Plus, it's closer to home. I really liked what (Winthrop) had to offer."
Golston, who joined Brown as one of six players to sign with four-year schools off the Patriots' state championship team in 2012, enjoyed her experience in Ocala and in the FCSAA State Title match against Hillsborough.
"We played with a lot of confidence and everyone had the same mindset," Golston said. "We were so confident. We knew we were going to win."