Roque signs with Warriors

AVON PARK - Brianna Roque's ability, work ethic and determination on the court and in the classroom paid off in a major way as the Red Devil senior signed to play volleyball at Webber International University in the fall on Tuesday.

"It's a dream come true," said Roque. "I know I need to work hard to get better and I'm going to do whatever it takes to be ready to contribute.

"I know I need to be worked and I'm looking forward to playing volleyball in college."

Webber International University is located in Babson Park and is an NAIA school.

The Warriors volleyball program has enjoyed some success in the past and first-year coach Brian Goodhind is looking for character athletes to build a strong program around.

"Brianna's intensity and passion really caught my eye at the tryout," said Goodhind. "She has great humility and is very coachable.

"I'm very involved in the tryout process and we're looking for kids who can play with solid character."

Roque, who played varsity volleyball for three years for Avon Park, was a force at middle hitter and led the Red Devils to the state playoffs.

"Brianna had a lot of kill shots and blocks," said Avon Park volleyball coach Shane Wirries. "She had good placement on her shots and was a team leader for us."

Roque's solid play didn't go unnoticed as the middle hitter was selected to the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Volleyball Team.

Taking her game to the next level is the challenge ahead of Roque, who will have to switch positions because she isn't tall enough to play middle hitter in college.

"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to contribute to the team," said Roque. "I'm ready to change and play any position the coach wants me to."

Other schools were interested in the talented Roque, but the Red Devil multi-sport athlete selected to stay close to home and her very supportive family.

"I looked at other schools but I wanted to stay close to my family," said Roque. "I can see them whenever I want and they'll be able to see me play."

Webber International University has two volleyball teams and how quickly Roque adjusts to college volleyball will determine which squad she'll play on.

"We have a junior varsity team that plays a junior college schedule," Goodhind said. "And we have our top squad that plays a very competitive schedule.

"We're thinking Brianna will play on the junior varsity team her first year to really develop her skills and then move up to our top team and have a bright future."

Roque wants to study pre-law at Webber University.

"I want to be an attorney and maybe one day work for the FBI," the Red Devil athlete said. "I'm excited to be able to play volleyball and receive a quality education."