BRADENTON — There was a time when Sarah Geraldson said she thought she’d never play volleyball again.
That would mean the former Bradenton Christian School standout wouldn’t do what she had done best in a stellar varsity career that included a two state final four trips.
Instead of giving up, Geraldson has decided to take her game to the State College of Florida after she signed to play volleyball next year following a year away from the team sport.
“I like that it’s local,” Geraldson said. “I like that I can still be close to home, and have all that good stuff there. One of my older sisters played there when she was in college, and she loved it.”
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Geraldson didn’t go away from the game completely.
She worked in the family business at a farm market, but also coached a club volleyball team and hit the court at BCS during open gym sessions.
Geraldson joins the Manatees under the guidance of new head coach Carmine Garofalo.
“I think I missed volleyball so much that I knew I had to play somewhere,” Geraldson said.
Garofalo, who had a stint coaching Southeast, said he knew of Geraldson during her days at BCS.
Garofalo said he’s getting a well-rounded player.
“One of the things I like about Sarah for our program, in particular,” he said, “is her versatility. She can pretty much do everything. She can set, she can be an outside hitter, she’s a good defensive player and she’s a good server.”
That repertoire makes Geraldson the second player Garofalo has signed to his first recruiting class, alongside Canadian Erin Davidson.
The two join former Venice product Natalie Gaudreau as incoming freshman.