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2016-2017 NEWS 


Bemis Headed to Point University

Sophomore standout for the Lake-Sumter State College volleyball team, Jordan Bemis has signed her name on the dotted line to continue her playing career at Point University. The outside hitter changes from being a Lakehawk to a Skyhawk at her new four year institution. Point University is located in West Point, GA and is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, affiliated with NAIA.

The Jacksonville native posted a stellar sophomore campaign for the Lakehawks in 2016. Bemis finished first in the conference averaging 3.51 kills per set and eighth in total kills with 277. Leading her team with 304 points, Bemis finished inside the top 30 in the country in that category. She was rewarded for her efforts being named 2nd Team All Mid-Florida Conference this season.

Bemis on getting a chance to play at the four-year level, “I am extremely excited about this opportunity. Knowing this would not have been possible without my teammates and Coach Phelps at Lake-Sumter, makes it even more meaningful.” Head Volleyball Coach, Amanda Phelps said, “I am incredibly proud of Jordan. She is a great kid and I'm so glad that her hard work has paid off. I believe she'll be an asset on and off the court for Point University and they are lucky to have her.”

When she arrives at Point University in the fall, Bemis plans to major in education. 

PINK Night Later This Month​
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​October is breast cancer awareness month and the Lake-Sumter State College volleyball program is going to show their pride and help spread the word. The team will host a PINK NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 20 when they are scheduled to host Florida State College – Jacksonville. All local survivors and those family members touched by the disease are asked to join us that night. Donations will be accepted and will go to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. This LOCAL organization is near and dear to Head Coach, Amanda Phelps’ heart. “I have done several pink games and I love to work with this organization. To be able to help a local group and see our donations in actions is extremely rewarding.”

The team has asked that everyone in attendance wear pink to honor any family members or friends associated with breast cancer. Game time is set for 7 pm.

Sophomore Led Lakehawks Open MFC Play with Win

Lake-Sumter State College hosted St. Johns River State for the opening match in Mid-Florida Conference play this past week. The Lakehawks jumped out early taking set one, 25-21. The Vikings then tied it up in the second set before taking a 2-1 lead after the third set. With their backs against the wall, LSSC took the fourth set by the largest margin of victory in any set, 25-16. A fifth and final set was imminent and it was never really as close as the score made is seem with the Lakehawks walking away with the 15-9 win in the set and the overall victory.

Having never been tested in five sets, the sophomores took charge. Aimee Jett had a day setting a career high with 34 digs. Jett had never before reached the 30 dig mark as a Lakehawk. Jordan Bemis also had a great night tallying 20 kills. Bemis’s career high is 22 and it was only the second time she reach the 20 kill milestone in a match. Freshman, Renata Gomes Martins was an assist monster dishing out 42 assists in the contest. It was the most assists in a match since Kelsey Showalter in August of 2015.

The second match of the conference schedule had Central Florida coming to LSSC. The Patriots came in ranked No. 9 in the country. Lake-Sumter gave the top 10 team all they could handle in the first set jumping out to an early 15-7 lead in the first set. CF was able to demonstrate why they were a top team in the nation coming back to win the match in three sets.

Santa Fe will come to LSSC for the Lakehawks third consecutive home conference game Tuesday. The match is set to start at 7 pm. 


Lakehawks Set to Open Conference Play

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The Lake-Sumter State College volleyball program is about to begin Mid-Florida Conference play this week. They host St. Johns River Tuesday night for a 7 pm start.. First year Head Coach, Amanda Phelps has guided her team to a 3-5 record so far this season. “I am proud of how hard the girls are working in the gym,” said Phelps. “They are continuing to improve individually and as a team. If they continue to do so, we can expect to peak at the right time.”

With eight matches under their belts, LSSC has shown they are ready to go against anyone in the conference. Phelps went on to say, “I am looking forward to conference matches starting this week. This will be the true test. We’ve got two home matches right out of the gate and we should be able to use that to our advantage.”
The team has been performing well on the court so far this year. Sophomore standout, Amie Jett continues her stellar second year campaign ranking inside the top 30 in the nation with 4.85 digs per set. Renata Gomes Martins has made an immediate impact as a freshman tallying over 100 assists already this season (5.85 per set). Jordan Bemis sits just outside the top 50 in kills per set, averaging 2.81 and is currently on pace to surpass her rookie year total of 225 kills. Brianne Cook sits second on the team with 48 kills to go along with 2.58 digs per set. 

Week one of the Mid-Florida Conference schedule looks to be kind to the Lakehawks. LSSC will host the first three games of the year. After St. Johns on Tuesday night, the Lakehawks will welcome College of Central Florida Thursday before hosting Santa Fe College Tuesday the 27th. All games have a 7 pm start time.



Volleyball Opens First Week Going 1-1

It did not take long for Head Coach, Amanda Phelps to grab her first victory in her first season at the helm of the volleyball program. The 2016 season got underway on the road in Babson Park with LSSC taking on Webber International. Coming out hot, the Lakehawks took the first two sets, 25-20 each. Webber was able to come back and steal set number three, 25-21. Not wanting to move to a fifth set, LSSC ended the match with a 25-20 score in the fourth set to claim the victory. Jordan Bemis and Brianne Cook both ended with double digit kills totaling 12 and 11 respectively. Aimee Jett made her presence felt on defense with 26 digs while Hannah McGehee added 21 of her own. The team as a whole fell just short of 100 digs garnering 90 in the match.

Lake-Sumter played host to Pasco-Hernando State College in their home opener August 26. PHSC came out with a fast paced scoring offense taking the first three sets and the match. The Lakehawks dropped set one, 25-21 and a late push in set two wasn’t enough as they fell, 25-22. Pasco-Hernando was able to complete the victory taking set three, 25-19. Jett put up her second straight game of double digit digs with 17, which was good enough to lead both teams.\


Volleyball Launches Fundraising Campaign

The LSSC volleyball program has begun its fall fundraising through eTeamSponser. If you would like to help support our student-athletes, please follow the link below.



​Amanda Phelps Takes On Head Volleyball Coach Position

Amanda Phelps 

Leesburg, Fla. – Amanda Phelps joins the LSSC family as the new head volleyball coach for the Lakehawks volleyball programs. Phelps joins us from Lake Minneola High School.

“The LSSC community is constantly growing and improving,” says Phelps. “I am excited to be a part of that growth and success. The Mid-Florida Conference is extremely competitive and I look forward to helping LSSC return to the top of the MFC.”

Phelps began her career at Saint Leo University in Dade City, FL. She played libero and was captain for two years. At St. Leo, she was the three-time Sunshine State Conference defensive player of the week nominee and a three-time member of the American Volleyball’s Association 30-dig club. Phelps also excelled in the classroom, receiving the Division II Athletics Directors Associations Academic Achievement Award, ESPN the Magazine All-Academic Third-Team, the SLU Women in Sports Achievement Award and graduated from the honors program.

After graduating from St. Leo with her bachelor’s, Phelps continued to pursue her passion for volleyball by accepting a graduate assistant position at the University of West Georgia where she coached for two years and received her Master’s in Business Administration.

In 2011, Phelps returned to Florida and led the Ladyhawks of Lake Minneola High School for five years.

“We are excited about Amanda joining the LSSC family and having someone with her volleyball background to lead our young ladies,” says Athletic Director Mike Matulia. “Amanda brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and great character qualities that make her a great fit for our program.”

Amanda resides in Clermont with her husband, Kevin Phelps.


Lakehawks Soar to Victory over FSCJ


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The Lake-Sumter State College volleyball team got off to a great start in Mid Florida Conference play on Tuesday night by knocking off Florida State College of Jacksonville in five sets. 

After going down 0-2 in the first two sets the Lakehawks roared back and won the final three sets of the game.  Middle hitter Ali Eimansberger provided a spark for the Lakehawks by posting four kills and seven service aces.  She also had an excellent blocking match.  Jordan Bemis also put up some impressive numbers collecting 22 kills and a .372 hitting percentage.

The Lady Lakehawks will be back on the floor Thursday night as they host Mid Florida Conference rival, College of Central Florida at 6PM inside the Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center.  Admission for all LSSC students, faculty, and staff is free. 

 Lakehawk Volleyball Places two on All-Tournament Team at Conquistador Invitational

The Lake-Sumter State College Women's Volleyball team traveled to New Port Richey last weekend to compete in the Pasco-Hernando Conquistador Invitational. At the end of the weekend Sophomore Libero, Shirin Rajaee from Orlando, FL and Freshman Outside Hitter Tatyanna Banks from Cleveland, OH earned All-Tournament Team Honors.  Rajaee also received the 25-Dig Club Award for Region 8 for her performance against Colorado NW Community College on Saturday. 

The Lakehawks will be back in action on Thursday, September 17th at 6PM when they travel to New Port Richey to take on Trinity College.

 LSSC Volleyball Drops First Mid-Florida Conference Match

 PAUL.BARNEY | Staff Writer Daily Commercial

Player at a game during First Mid Florida Conference MatchLEESBURG – For Lakehawks coach Jennifer Belarmino, it’s all about getting her team to come together for a full match.It didn’t happen Tuesday night, though.
Abbey Barnhard had 13 kills and Janay Crespo added 17 assists, leading Florida State College at Jacksonville to a three-set sweep over Lake-Sumter State College, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13.
“We played well in spurts, but we just can’t seem to get in the groove 100 percent in the match,” Belarmino said. “I think that has to do with having so many young players on the court. It’s just things that we have to improve on in practice, like learning how to run our middle a little bit better and getting our right side going as well.”
It’s been a rough season so far for the Lakehawks (3-14, 0-1). They’ve been swept in their last four matches and have only won one set in their last five.
LSSC started 0-7 and have only won 12 of 56 sets all season. The Lakehawks’ last win came Sept. 9, when they defeated Trinity College in three sets. Since then,they've had five straight losses.
With a lot of season left, however, Belarmino remains optimistic. “This is just the first match in our conference, so we have a long way to go and we can still win some games,” she said. “The hard thing now is getting them (the players) to stay on board and understanding the importance of playing hard the rest of the season. We’re always trying to play for next year. We have to keep improving so we’re ready for next year, too.”
And while they improved from the first set to the second set Tuesday night, it wasn’t enough to get past the Blue Wave (9-8). FSCJ never trailed the entire match and set the tone early.
The Blue Wave jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set behind consecutive service aces from Sharon Ayala and a kill block from Alexandra Henriott and Shani Conoly. The two were active in the frontcourt all night, wreaking havoc on LSSC’s big hitters. “They did a good job setting the tempo and setting the block on the outside,” FSCJ coach Jose Rivera said.
Belarmino acknowledged the Blue Wave frontcourt. “They’re a big team compared to us,” she said. “That’s when as a hitter you have to learn how to tool and do different shots. We’re just not quite there yet. We’re working on it in practice, so we’ll get there.”
Much like the first set, the Lakehawks fell behind early in the second set, but rallied late before a kill from Anais Guzman-Roman and two points from Madilyn Sanderson – including a kill block – helped FSCJ pull away for the win a 2-0 advantage. The Blue Wave once again jumped out to an early advantage in the third set, leading 8-4 before a kill block from Shaniah Irvin and Emily Smith, as well as another point from Irvin pulled LSSC to within two.
Two points were as close as the Lakehawks would get, though, as FSCJ went on a 17-6 run to close out the set and the match.
“We need to be more consistent, we made some mistakes, but overall it was a good win in the conference and a step in the right direction,” Rivera said. Katie Wickery had six kills and Shirin Rajaee added 13 digs for LSSC, which will look to snap its losing skid Thursday when it travels to the College of Central Florida in Ocala for a 7 p.m. match.

LSSC Volleyball Defeats Trinity College in Straight Sets

LSSC Volleyball defeated Trinity College 3-0 to improve to 3-9 on the season. Carol Kiam-Assato had 16 digs and Katie Wickery produced 12 digs. Madyson Maxwell led the offensive attack with 11 kills to go along with 10 digs. Emily Smith contributed with 34 assists.

The Lady Lakehawks are back in action Thursday night at home against Polk State College. Game time is 7:00 pm

LSSC Volleyball Earns First Wins of the 2014 Season

The LSSC Volleyball team defeated Lawson State CC (3-0) and Snead State CC (3-2) this past weekend in the Pensacola State College Tournament.  During the match with Snead State, sophomore Libero Carol Kiam-Assato had an oustanding day to help lead the Lakehawks to the win. She had 25 digs and this accomplishment put her in the FCSAA 25 Dig Club.

The Lady Lakehawks are back in action Tuesday, September 9th at home against Trinity College at 7:00 pm.   

LSSC Volleyball Alumni Match Information

The LSSC Volleyball Alumni Match will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 1:00 p.m. with the reception to follow at 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center (GYM) on the Leesburg Campus.  Alumni need to make sure they bring their own gear and friends and family are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to LSSC Head Coach Jennie Belarmino at or 352-323-3620.

 2013-2014 News


LSSC Athletics Teams Recognized by the NJCAA

LSSC Softball, Volleyball, and Baseball teams were each recognized on the NJCAA Academic Teams that were released today.

Final Team GPA's
LSSC Softball - 3.26 (3rd in the FCSAA)
LSSC Volleyball - 3.19 (5th in the FCSAA)
LSSC Baseball - 3.04 (3rd in the FCSAA)

Academic All-Americans
Christopher Blanton 4.0 Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence

Taylor Douglass 3.88 Superior Academic Achievement

Milica Golubovic 3.84 Superior Academic Achievement

Samuel Thomas 4.0 Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence

Breann VanderZyl 3.72 Exemplary Academic Achievement


Sophomore Samantha Spring earns 2nd Team All Conference Honors

Sophomore Samantha Spring earned 2nd Team All Mid-Florida Conference for her play during the 2013 season.  Spring led the Lakehawks in several categories throughout the season. She tied for first in most matches played (37), and led in kills (321), kills per set (2.55) and points per set (3.2).

LSSC Hosts Fall Tournament Friday and Saturday

Lake-Sumter State College Volleyball will host their annual LSSC Fall Tournament on Friday and Saturday.  Seven teams plus the host Lakehawks round out the field.  Action begins Friday at noon and on Saturday at 9:30 AM.  The complete schedule can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Lake-Sumter State Fall Tournament Schedule  


 LSSC Picks up first Conference Win Tuesday Night

The LSSC Lakehawks earned a hard fought 3-2 win over St. John's River State College to improve to 1-2 in the Mid-Florida Conference.  LSSC (9-17) was led in the match by Emily Smith with 55 assists and Sammy Spring with 21 kills.  Kelsey Roberts (17 digs) and Katrina Lathi (14 digs) both played well defensively.

The Lakehawks are back in action on Friday when they host a non-conference match against Indian River State College.  Game time is 1:00 p.m.


 LSSC Returns Home Tuesday to face St. John's River State

The LSSC Volleyball team returns home Tuesday to face St. John's River State College in a Mid-Florida Conference match.  The Lakehawks (0-2 in MFC) look to earn their first conference win as they return home following a 1-3 showing at the South Florida State College tournament over the weekend.  The win came on Friday against Florida College.

LSSC is back in action again on Friday as they host Indian River State College in a 1:00 p.m. match.


 LSSC On the Road in Mid-Florida Conference Play This Week

The Lady Lakehawks dropped the Mid-Florida Conference opener to Daytona State College at home Tuesday night in four sets.  LSSC bounced back with two wins over the weekend in defeating Clearwater Christian University JV and Webber International University JV.  LSSC (7-13 overall, 0-1 MFC) will look to even their conference record on Tuesday when they travel to Florida State College - Jacksonville in a 7:00 p.m. match.


Upcoming Matches

Tuesday, 9/24 @ FSC-Jacksonville -- 7:00 p.m.

Friday, 9/27 - Saturday, 9/28 @ South Florida State College Tournament

Tuesday, 10/1 vs St. Johns River State College -- 7:00 p.m.


 LSSC Opens Mid-Florida Conference Play on Tuesday 

LSSC finished up a portion of its non-conference schedule over the weekend when they went 1-3 in the Pasco-Hernando CC tournament.  The Lady Lakehawks opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Eastern Florida State College.  They went to drop the other three matches to PHCC, SCF-Manatee, and Florida College.
On Tuesday, LSSC (5-12 overall) opens up Mid-Florida Conference play at home against Daytona State College.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.


 LSSC Sweeps Clearwater Christian JV on Tuesday

The Lady Lakehawks moved to 4-9 on the year with a 3-0 sweep of the Clearwater JV on Tuesday night.  Katrina Lathi (11 kills), Sammy Spring (10 kills), and Madyson Maxwell (8 kills) led the way offensively for LSSC.  Kelsey Showalter (16 assists) and Emily Smith (15 assists) did a fantastic job distributing the ball and Emily Baty led the way defensively with 8 digs.

LSSC is back in action this weekend at the Pasco-Hernando CC Tournament on Friday and Saturday.


LSSC Goes 2-3 on the Road Trip to the Panhandle

 The Lady Lakehawks Volleyball team picked up a couple of wins over the weekend to improve to 3-9 on the season.  On Thursday, the Lakehawks dropped a 3-0 decision to
Pensacola State College to open the road trip.  On Friday, LSSC bounced back by getting wins over Wallace State-Hanceville (3-2) and Snead State (3-2). The Lakehawks concluded the road trip on Saturday by dropping a pair of matches to Gadsen State (3-0) and Faulkner State (3-2).
Freshman Setter Emily Smith led the squad with 166 assists on the weekend.  Katrina Lathi finished with 53 kills and Emily Baty had 57 digs over the five matches.  Sammy Spring produced a terrific game against Gadsen State on Saturday when she finished with a .778 hitting percentage.
The Lakehawks are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to take on the Clearwater Christian JV squad.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  The next home match is Tuesday, September 17th when the Lakehawks host Daytona State College in the Mid-Florida Conference opener.


LSSC Drops Two on the Road Friday

The LSSC Volleyball team got strong efforts from Katrina Lathi (12 digs, 4 kills) and Emily Baty (13 digs) but lost to Indian River State 3-1 in game one.  In game two, the Lakehawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead against South Florida State College but lost the match 3-2 to fall to 1-6 overall on the year.  Lathi (11 kills) helped lead the Lakehawks along with Baty (10 kills), Madyson Maxwell (11 digs, 6 kills), and Kelsey Roberts (11 digs).  Sammy Spring chipped in with 13 kills.  The Lakehawks are back in action Thursday when they travel to Pensacola State College.  Game time is 6:00 pm CST.

The road trip will continue for LSSC on Friday and Saturday when they participate in the Gulf Coast State College Tournament. 


LSSC Drops the Home Opener to Florida College on Tuesday

The LSSC Volleyball team dropped a tough first set to Florida College 29-27 and went on to lose in three straight games to drop to 1-4 on the season.  The Lakehawks were led by Katrina Lathi (10 kills) and Sammy Spring (12 kills).  Emily Baty chipped in with 11 digs.  LSSC is back in action on Friday when they travel to Indian River State College to take on IRSC at 11:00 AM and South Florida State College at 1:00 p.m. 


LSSC Opens the 2013 Season in Jacksonville

The Lady Lakehawks Volleyball team opened the season at Florida State College-Jacksonville in the Kickoff Classic this past weekend.  The Lakehawks finished the weekend with a 1-3 record with the win coming against Spartanburg Methodist College.  Sophomore Sammy Spring was named to the All Tournament team for her play.  Spring led the Lakehawks iwith 35 kills and 18 errors in 99 attempts.  She had a .172 hitting percentage and 2.50 kills per set and also recorded 8 digs, 5 Block Assists and 3 Service Aces.


The Lakehawks are back in action Tuesday night when they host the home opener of the season against Florida College.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


LSSC Volleyball Players Moving on to 4 Year Schools in 2013


The following Volleyball Players are moving on to 4 year schools in 2013: 

Jesse Collins (Libero) - Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA)

Hannah Luedtke (Setter) - Mid-American Christian University (NAIA)

Brittany Mullee (Middle Hitter) - Florida International University (NCAA Div. I)


LSSC Volleyball Players recognized

The Mid-Florida Conference has selected 3 LakeHawks for the All-Conference Teams. Sophmore middle blocker Brittany Mullee was selected 1st Team and Sophmore libero Jesse Collins with Freshman setter Hannah Luedtke were selected to the 2nd Team.

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    Brittany Mullee                      Jesse Collins                    Hannah Luedtke

Brittany Mullee for the majority of the season was the nation's leader in solo blocks. She also was the team leader in hitting percentage and 2nd on the team for kills per set. Libero Jess Collins was also nationaly ranked in the top ten for digs per set (6th) and total digs (6th). Setter Hannah Luedtke led the team with 829 total assists with 7.68 assists per set.  


LSSC Volleyball notches 3 wins


On Saturday September 1, the Lake-Sumter Volleyball team picked up wins against Gulf Coast State College and Indian River State College. In the first match versus Gulf Coast the Lady Lakers won with the scores of 25-19, 21-25, 25-10, and 25-20. Sophomores Brittany Mullee and Mandi McDade led the Lakers with 16 kills apiece. Setter Hannah Leudtke tallied 41 assists along with 10 digs for the match. On the defensive end McDade collected 17 digs adding to the effort So. Libero Jesse Collins garnered 26 digs of her own.  

In the second match versus Indian River State College, the Lakers defeated IRSC with the scores of 25-23, 25-20,25-20. McDade led the Lakers in hitting with 10 kills with Mullee adding 8 of her own. Mullee also was a defensive force at the net scoring 6 total blocks for the match. Jesse Collins collected 18 digs for the match and Equita Sayles chipping in 9.

On Thursday August 30 the Lakers took on Florida Christian College, the LSCC won the match with the scores of 25-14, 25-11, 25-19. 

The Lakers are back in action on September 4th taking on Florida College at 7 pm in Tampa. Then they hit the road again first on September 6th at Pensacola State College at 7 pm (EST). On Friday and Saturday they will be in Panama City, FL participating in the Gulf Coast State College Volleyball Tournament. 

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