Raeley Matthews’ name appears on the lone undefeated volleyball team banner in the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School gymnasium. That ‘unconquered’ 13-0 team was from the 2014-15 season.
Four years later, following a stellar high school career at Okeechobee and Lake Placid, Matthews’ name will next appear on the roster of the Florida Southern College Moccasins volleyball team.
Matthews will be a student-athlete at the Lakeland college that competes in NCAA Division II. Her mom, PECS teacher Pam Matthews, is a former FSC softball player.
“I’m excited. I hope to follow in her footsteps,” Raeley Matthews said.
FSC reached the NCAA South Regional semifinals in 2018 and finished with a 22-11 record.
Matthews, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, signed with FSC earlier this school year on a full scholarship. After playing three years at PECS, she played at Okeechobee High her freshman and sophomore seasons before shifting to Lake Placid High for her junior and senior years.