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Sebring’s Hinkle signs with Titans

— Being versatile enough to play several positions on the volleyball court is a great asset for Sebring’s Jordan Hinkle.

The Blue Streak senior is going to get an opportunity to keep playing after signing a scholarship with Eastern Florida State College on Wednesday.

“It’s a special day and I’m very excited to finally be playing collegiate volleyball,” said Hinkle. “This was a goal of mine since I started playing in middle school.

“I can’t thank my parents enough for all of their support and I’m excited to be moving to the next level.”

Hinkle was a key cog for Sebring with 93 kills, a team-high 47 aces and 53 assists.

“When we needed a point we set the ball for Jordan,” said Sebring coach Venessa Sinness. “She is a fierce competitor and hits the ball really hard with excellent placement.”

Being able to move to different positions and still play at a high level caught the eye of Eastern Florida State College volleyball coach Andrea Rasmussen.

“Jordan sees the game very well and reads what’s happening on both sides of the net,” said Rasmussen. “She is very involved when she plays and can play multiple positions on the floor.

“That’s very appealing to a coach because if someone gets hurt, I can slide Jordan into that spot and we won’t have much of a transition.”

Hinkle is very excited that good friend and Blue Streak teammate Lindsey Whittington is also going to be playing volleyball for Eastern Florida State College, which is located in Melbourne.

“Lindsey and I have been playing volleyball together since seventh grade at Sebring Middle School,” said Hinkle. “We call ourselves the dynamic duo and it’s so special I get to go to college with my best friend.

“I’m excited to get to the next level and I want to thank my parents and everyone who supported me through the years.”

Hinkle and Whittington showed vast improvement in their time at Sebring.

“All of the training and hard work paid off and to play for Sebring and coach Sinness was awesome,” Hinkle said. “We’re like a family, it means so much and it’s sad to leave.”

Hinkle’s family knew this special day was coming.

“Jordan is very dedicated to the sport and we knew eventually a school would match with her,” said mother, Charlene Hinkle. “We’ve been all over the country with her for volleyball and we couldn’t be prouder.”

“We’re happy with her choice of schools and we look forward to seeing her play in college,” said father, Keith Hinkle.

Moving on and growing up is something Hinkle is looking forward to.

“I’ve worked hard for this and I think I’m ready to leave,” the Blue Streak athlete said. “I’m going to miss Sebring but I’m excited to go to Melbourne and experience new things.”