TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Incoming freshman Victoria Daddis, who is set to join the Florida State softball team, earned a substantial honor when she was selected as the Florida Class 5A Player of the Year by Miracle Sports.
The native of St. Johns, Fla. nearby Jacksonville is known as a tremendous multi-purpose player who primarily played shortstop during her high school career at Creekside High. Daddis excelled at the plate and was a high-average hitter, which included a .456 batting average as a sophomore in 2011 that led all of St. Johns County.
“This is a nice honor for Victoria and a tremendous way to cap her high school career,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “When we recruited her we saw how much of a hard-worker she is. She has the opportunity to come to Tallahassee and contribute to our ballclub right away. We're excited about all of our incoming freshman"
Daddis earned a spot on the Class 5A First Team as well, joining 18 other area standouts. She repeated the feat after earning first-team honors following her junior season while also being named the Miracle Sports All-Florida High School 5A Defensive Player of the Year.
Her 2012 season also included a selection to the All-First Coast Softball Team as well as a St. Johns County First Team spot. Daddis inked her National Letter of Intent to play for Florida State on Nov. 19, 2012, joining three other early signees in Rylan Harvey (Mont Belvieu, Texas/Barbers Hill HS), Ellie Cooper (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit HS) and Lauren Harris (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS).
The Seminoles are coming off their most successful season since 2006, advancing to an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in seven years behind an enormous regional championship game comeback at 13th-seeded South Alabama. Florida State finished the 2013 season with a 44-19 record and went 18-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite the key losses of All-ACC First Team pitcher Monica Perry, All-ACC Second Team outfielder Morgan Bullock and talented outfielder Kirstin Austin, the Seminoles return plenty of experience for the 2014 year. NFCA Third Team All-America pitcher Lacey Waldrop highlights the Seminoles’ returnees in the circle, and the entire infield returns with added depth following the return of second baseman Tiffani Brown and third baseman Briana Hamilton from early season-ending injuries in 2013.
Much of the record-setting hitting core also returns for 2014, including power threats Courtney Senas and Kelly Hensley.