EAST BEND — When Forbush graduate Jessica Funk walks on to the volleyball court later this summer, she won’t just be following in her mother’s footsteps — she’ll be putting down her own.
Funk signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University of the South Atlantic Conference back on April 16, but not for the sport she was playing at the time. As the starting goal keeper for the Lady Falcons soccer team, she went on to lead them to the state championship game on May 30. She left little doubt on the soccer field that she was one of the best goal keepers that Forbush has ever seen, breaking the school record with 343 saves over her career, but on the volleyball court, she had a knack right from the start.
Funk began playing with the Yadkin Valley Volleyball Club when she was in the sixth grade. She then went on to join the Piedmont Volleyball Club, where she competed at the Open level and traveled across the country for matches. Then, she was selected as a member of the AAU National Nfinity 16U team after her sophomore year. The team traveled to Italy and Croatia in the Global Challenge against Junior National teams from all over the world. All this while being a high school student.
Her accomplishments at Forbush on the court and in the classroom are to be highly regarded. She received the Female Falcon Award earlier this year, which is the highest athletic award a senior can receive at FHS.
Funk graduated with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, leaving little doubt that she will continue to be a great student-athlete at the collegiate level.
Funk was a three-time varsity co-captain for volleyball, and in each of those years from 2012-2015, was named to the All-Conference Team.
“I loved my time at Forbush, but I am excited about playing volleyball for Lenior-Rhyne,” Funk said. “When I took my official visit to LR back in the fall, I knew that was where I wanted to go.”
Her mother, Angie Funk, was the head coach for Jessica throughout her volleyball career at Forbush, and was also a student-athlete at Lenior-Rhyne University, then Lenoir-Rhyne College.
Funk was also a successful basketball player at Forbush, receiving All-Conference honors during the 2013-2014 season.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.