ABC College Athlete of the Week 27: Naomi Somerset de Leon
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Florida State volleyball teams begin their race for a state title this week as district tournaments begin. For the Leon Lions, playing for a state title is the norm, and senior Naomi Somerset wants nothing more than to lead her team to another gold.
“There is so much pride and so many little traditions that we all participate in together that make it even more of what it is,” Somerset said of the tradition of excellence surrounding the program.
Traditions that have led the Lions to at least the bottom four every year since 2015, and in 2019, they’ve won it all.
“You know the process, and if you do certain things, the result should follow.”
For Somerset, the process has paid off.
“She’s one of our top three offensive threats and we really need her,” said head coach Angie Strickland. “I think more, it’s her positivity, her poise on the pitch, and it’s that spark she gives the team.”
“It’s been four years, even when I was a little freshman on JV, it’s so much weight room, training, team cohesion, it all comes into play,” he said. she declared.
Even though she is a threat on the ground, Somerset is also setting the standard in the classroom. She is ranked 7th in her senior class with a cumulative GPA of 4.5.
“I just think it’s amazing when they come out with these surrogates as part of what we’re doing here,” Strickland said. “It’s a six-day-a-week program and you put all the extra time into it.”
After failing last season, the extra time Somerset and the Lions hope to pay off in 2021.
“It’s the same grassroots group that has been for the last three years so we all know what it takes to get there, it’s just about trying to do better than last year,” she declared.
“She took on the role of I have to be this spark plug, just ready to close this chapter, and wanting to come out with a big bang,” Strickland added.
A big bang, which ends in gold. Somerset said she didn’t want to play volleyball in college, but planned to study to one day become a judge.