TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2001
Volleyball Signs Pair From FCCJ

April 24, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU head volleyball coach Robin Mignerey announced the signing of Florida Community College-Jacksonville standouts Alesha Rodriguez and Kristin Withrow during the spring signing period.

Rodriguez, an outside/middle hitter from Cleveland, Ohio, and Withrow, a setter from St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., become part of Mignerey's first recruiting class after taking over as head coach of the Dolphins prior to the 2000 season. The FCCJ duo join Candice Rose of Merchicsville, Md., who signed with JU during the early period.

"We're very excited to have Alesha and Kristin join the Dolphin program for the 2001 season," Mignerey said. "Their numbers speak for themselves, and they both played on a nationally-ranked junior college program. The fact that they were teammates at FCCJ should help their transition to playing Division I volleyball as they both know what to expect from each other and how to play together."

In their two-year careers with the Stars, Rodriguez and Withrow helped lead FCCJ to a combined 62-10 record, including a 32-4 mark last year which stands as the best record in school history.

Withrow set the single-season assist record at FCCJ during her freshman season with 1,054, and reset the record again as a sophomore with 1,223. Her 12.5 assist-per-game average ranked second in the region and among the Top 10 in the nation last season. As a sophomore, Withrow was second on the team in service aces (44) while also tallying 73 kills, 51 blocks and 203 digs.

In addition to her strong performance on the court, Withrow has been outstanding in the classroom as well where she sports a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, finished second on the team in kills (244) and digs (243) while finishing third in attack percentage (.340) and service aces (37). Described as "a complete player" by FCCJ head coach Mary Andrews, Rodriguez earned first-team All-Mid-Florida Conference honors and was selected to the Florida All-State/All-Region team.

After beginning her college career as a middle blocker, Rodriguez moved to left side where she was able to better utilize her speed and passing skills. For her career, Rodriguez has 321 kills, 306 digs and 91 blocks, and was named the Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete for 1999.