Ashburn, Va (July 19, 2015) – On Memorial Day 2015, rising senior Elise Dumouchelle, a leading outside hitter for the Broad Run High School volleyball team, made her verbal commitment to St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. St Francis is part of the NCAA Division 1 Northeast Conference. Dumouchelle will join the SFU Red Flash women’s volleyball squad in 2016.
Elise had set her goal of playing for a Division 1 volleyball program as an outside hitter at a school that would allow her to pursue her dreams of studying abroad, getting involved in overseas missionary work, and majoring in International Business and Spanish. While she received offers from other schools, St. Francis seemed to her to be a perfect fit.
Under Broad Run head coach Ellen Petty, starting sophomore Dumouchelle helped lead the Spartans to a state semifinal appearance in 2013, their first visit to Richmond since the late 1990s. This has been one of the highlights of her high school experience thus far, along with playing for Petty and other club coaches including Seng Chiu at NVVA and Joseph Ziegler at Virginia Elite Volleyball. Dumouchelle began playing volleyball in 6th grade under the Loudoun Youth Volleyball program at Farmwell Station Middle School. LYV Select Division Coach Darlene Swanson was also among the list of influential coaches who helped her achieve her goal of playing collegiate volleyball.
Elise also sites her parents, Tom and Laura Dumouchelle, and her family of five sibilings, including her youngest sister Margo who was adopted from Ethiopia, as a main source of support and encouragement during the recruiting process. Elise will be joining her older brother Kyle who will be a sophomore at SFU this fall.
As a junior, team captain Dumouchelle garnered several accolades including Virginia 5A All-Conference 1st Team and All-Loudoun Team. Elise also had the honor of being chosen as part of the Prep Volleyball April 2014 “Defensive Dandies” list, and was selected to play for the USAV A2 team in May 2014.
Fortunately for Broad Run Coach Ellen Petty, Dumouchelle still has her senior season to shine for the Spartans. Viva Loudoun wishes Elise all the best in her upcoming volleyball endeavors.