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Gabrielle Shipe

Class: Freshman
Position: DS/L
Height: 5-5

Previous School: The First Academy

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Prep: Played for The First Academy for four seasons, competing alongside current Lady Flames teammates Loren Thomas and Ansley Gebben … helped Royals to three Florida 2A state championships ... named to 2010 All-Central Florida second team, the only defensive player to make first or second team … earned Florida State camp hustle award … named All-Central Florida honorable mention in 2009 … posted 1,047 career digs, averaging 3.88 digs per game as a three-year libero … started as setter during freshman year before serving as libero for final three seasons … twice tabbed defensive player of the year … played on elite club volleyball teams for five years, qualifying for Junior Olympics … also participated in soccer for two years … honors student for six semesters … member of Art Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Personal: Daughter of Timothy and Barbara Shipe … plans to major in electrical engineering … sister Danielle played volleyball at Savannah College of Art and Design … father played football at Tennessee Tech … grandfather competed for football team at Georgia Tech … uncle Scott Gillum played football at William and Mary … birthday is April 20.