Ashburn, Va. (October 13, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Josephine Lucernoni has committed to continue her volleyball career at Division III Christopher Newport University in 2015.
CNU is a part of the Capital Athletic Conference and competes in 23 National Collegiate Athletic Association sports. The Captains are currently ranked fifth nationally in Division III team championships.
“I loved the campus, the team is really nice, and I really liked the coach,” said Lucernoni, “CNU is a great school.”
The CNU Women’s Volleyball team is coached by Lindsay Birch who has led the team to an overall record of 21-3 this year. Coach Birch has led the Captains to the NCAA Tournament each year since 2006.
“The atmosphere was very light and fun, but also serious at the same time,” said Lucernoni.
Lucernoni equates much of her success to the competitiveness of her club teams. She started out at the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association, moved on the Northern Virginia Premier, and is currently with the Virginia Elite.
In addition to her club teams, Lucernoni has played on the Briar Woods Varsity Volleyball team all four years of her high school career. As a libero, Lucernoni has helped the Falcons to an overall record of 11-2.
“Josie is the “quarterback” to our defense,” said volleyball head coach Marsha Hermes. “She is a great leader, brings excitement and perfect passes to our team, and motivates her teammates to be their best.”
Lucernoni has enjoyed playing at Briar Woods these last four years, but believes that this year’s team has something special.
“I think my favorite season so far would be this one,” said Lucernoni, “I really like the team and the coaches; I think we have a lot of potential.
Lucernoni’s coaches believe that she brings something extra to each team she plays for.
“Coaching Josie is fun because she is the player who will get 10 passes in a row that are perfect, and then come and ask you what she can do better,” said Hermes. “She has the desire to be the best she can be and will never settle for anything less.”
Written by Viva Loudoun intern Emma Myers