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Former PECS volleyball standout signs with Florida Southern

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.

Raeley Matthews (Courtesy photo)
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