Introducing the NCAA’s Newest Scholarship Sport

Women’s sand volleyball:

Timing and location are everything. Throw in a relentless work ethic, and it is easy to understand why Pompano Beach High’s Stephanie Pellitteri will join two Orlando-area athletes Wednesday in a historic signing with Florida State.

Pellitteri was believed to be the first to commit to a sand volleyball scholarship when she announced in February that she will play for the Seminoles next spring in the NCAA’s inaugural season of the sport better known as beach volleyball.

Former South Lake High (Groveland) standouts Aurora Newgard and Jeassica McGregor followed her lead, and the three will make it official at a signing party 6 p.m. Wednesday at JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach.

It is an appropriate spot. Pellitteri lives within walking distance of Deerfield Beach. It is where she developed a passion for beach volleyball after joining the fledgling Club Beach Dig junior program nearly five years ago.

“I’m making history, which is really exciting,” said Pellitteri, who helped lead Pompano Beach’s indoor team to the Class 3A region semifinals last fall. “My dream was I wanted to play in college. I was looking at playing indoor, but I always loved playing beach volleyball.”

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