Former University of North Florida standout Carinne Turner has become the 2nd Turner sister to go pro in volleyball after signing with Les Mariannes of Paris-Saint Cloud. The club plays in France’s top-tier league, which is the same league where Carinne’s older sister Ariel Turner, a former Purdue Boilermaker, having started her career in Nantes 3 years ago. After two seasons in France, Turner spent two more seasons playing with SSC in Germany.
The 5’11” setter started 72 matches at the NCAA Division I level as a senior, where she had 539 assists, 116 kills, 216 digs, and 41 blocks. In a match against Northwestern State last seasn, she recorded the first triple-double in the rally-scoring era for North Florida, picking up 11 kills, 35 assists, and 10 digs.
Turner brings some offensive presence as well, spending half of her junior season at outside hitter, in spite of playing her other three seasons at setter. During that junior season, she had 220 kills, 232 assists, and 224 digs, and ranked 3rd on the team in total kills. In 6 matches, she recorded double-figure kills, and she had a 20 kill, 22 dig match against Jacksonville.
Turner studied-abroad in Cologne during college, so she has some familiarity with living in France and the language.
Paris-Saint Cloud finished 7th out of 12 teams last season in Pro Volley A with 30 points in 22 matches played. Turner will enter the team as the likely backup to veteran Mallory Steux, who returns to the club from last season. The 29-year old Steux has 40 National Team caps with France.
Turner’s diversion to play professional volleyball hasn’t altered her long-term career goals off the court: she wants to be a human factors test engineer for NASA, creating test for devices that astronauts use in space.
A 3rd Turner sister, Kendall, played volleyball at Penn, but never went pro. She instead took up a career in robotics engineering.