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South County's Antwi signs with Florida

By Matt Brooks

One day after her illustrious high school career came to an unceremonious end in a AAA Northern Region quarterfinal defeat at Stone Bridge, South County senior middle blocker Simone Antwi signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Division 1 power Florida.

Antwi helped lead the Stallions to a surprise run all the way to the AAA state final last fall where they fell in four tightly-contested sets to state champions Loudoun Valley. This fall, despite a younger, smaller roster, the 6-foot-2 hitter was more dominant than ever, posting 372 kills and 130 blocks.

Video: Antwi demonstrates her thunderous kill technique

"I felt playing at Florida would give me the best volleyball experience possible," said Antwi who made her verbal commitment last spring. "I really liked the coaches and if I want to continue playing after college, I feel like they can help me do that.

"I'm really looking forward to the intense competition at the next level."

A two-sport star, Antwi also fielded volleyball offers from Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia as well as basketball scholarship offers from several smaller programs.

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A 2009 second-team All-Met selection, Antwi registered an eye-popping 30 kills in South County's state semifinal win over Frank W. Cox last November. Her powerful kills and rally-killing blocks put the Stallions on the map as a force in both the Patriot District and the Northern Region. Over the last two seasons, the Stallions compiled a 43-9 record overall and became the first team in the school's short history to reach a state final in any sport.

"No one expected much from us -- last year or this season -- and we showed them that we could play," Antwi said. "We played with a lot of confidence and I feel good about everything we accomplished."

By Matt Brooks  | November 11, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  Florida, Volleyball  | Tags:  Florida, South County, Volleyball  
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