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Mon. November 16, 2009 | Bryan Burns

Countryside senior Davionna DiSalvatore became the second member of her family to earn a Division I scholarship after signing a letter of intent to play volleyball at Ohio State on Monday.

 

Davionna joins her sister GiOnna, a softball standout at UCLA, in the Division I athletic ranks.

 

Davionna, who led Countryside in kills, aces and digs as an outside hitter for the Cougars this season, will play libero for the Buckeyes.

 

“I really connected with the girls and the coaches,” she said. “I loved the campus. Everything about it was great. There was nothing I was kind of unsure about.”

 

DiSalvatore took an unofficial visit to Ohio State during the summer and orally committed to the Buckeyes when they offered on July 8. DiSalvatore also received recruiting interest from Duke, USF, Miami, Oregon and Florida Southern, although Ohio State was the only school to extend an offer.

 

DiSalvatore took her official visit to Ohio State over Halloween weekend.

 

“I didn’t want to stay close to home; I wanted a different experience,” she said. “I really liked how there were four seasons in Ohio. It’s just a totally different experience. I didn’t want to stay in Florida. I hate the heat.”

 

DiSalvatore, who was named to the Times all county first team as a junior, plans to study business at Ohio State.

 

 

-- BRYAN BURNS

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