OCALA-- Heather Bowersox has found the right fit at the College of Central Florida to continue her career as a student-athlete.
Bowersox, a standout volleyball player at Orlando Olympia High School, recently signed a letter-of-intent with the Patriots.
"There are several things that interested me about CF," said Bowersox, who played the middle as a sophomore before moving to the right side over her final two years in high school. "First of all, its academics and placement rate compared to other schools. It is good to know that after I graduate from CF there is a large range of other options.
"Second, was the team and the coaching staff. The second that I met them I felt at home and like I was already part of the team."
Bowersox, who stands 6-feet tall, will bring a spark to CF.
"I know the next two years will be rigorous with my coaches and training, but I believe it will be very rewarding in the end," she said. "The fans that come to watch matches will hopefully be excited what I bring to the team. My consistent stream of energy as well as good blocking skills will help the crowd keep going at points when the team needs them most.
During the recruiting process, Bowersox spoke with UNC-Wilmington, Mt. Holyoke and Lynn University, before choosing CF.
Playing in college was something that she wanted to do once she got to high school.
"When I saw the seniors at the table signing to different colleges, I knew that was something I wanted to do," she said. "This past year in club was a realization that I could play in college, the more I practiced and taped my games, the more coaches emailed and told me I had real potential to continue on. "
Beginning in eighth grade, Bowersox played club volleyball for several different clubs, before her final season at Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy.
Aside from volleyball, Bowersox is a member of the National Honor Society, English National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta at Olympia High.