Stetson is tacking on a junior college transfer to their 2018 roster in the form of Emily DeStaffino, a 5’10” setter coming in from Daytona State. A junior-to-be in the fall, DeStaffino will have two years left of play and be immediately eligible.
DeStaffino immediately made an impact at Daytona State in year one, appearing in 100 sets and notching just short of 10 assists per set. Then, in year two, all of her per set numbers except blocks (from 0.40 to 0.38) went up as she recorded 969 assists (10.65 per set), 237 digs (2.60 per set), 68 kills (0.75 per set) on a .326 clip and 22 aces (0.24 per set).
Those numbers led to DeStaffino earning 1st Team All Mid-Florida Conference both as a freshman and a sophomore, including FCSAA All-State for her 2017 campaign.
Prior to her stint in the NJCAA ranks, DeStaffino attended Oviedo High School in Florida. At the school she helped lead the Lions to a FHSAA 8A State Championship in 2013 and holds the school record for most assists in one match with 72.
“Emily is definitely the setter I am looking for,” Stetson head coach Yang Deng said in the team’s release of the signing. “She is very experienced and understands the game well. I really like her demeanor on the court, and her coaches speak very highly of her as a leader. She is someone who is going to be very important to our program next year.”
Stetson is coming off of a 3-23 season in 2017 in which they finished 2-12 as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. DeStaffino will look to help lead a turnaround as now one of three setters on the team’s 2018 roster and the oldest in classification of the group.
NEWS: Hatters Sign Setter Emily DeStaffino – https://t.co/RXleLJEodn
— Stetson Volleyball (@StetsonVB) November 13, 2017