Alex Holston, a six-foot sophomore for Sherwood High School's volleyball team, gets low for a dig. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Flanked by a handful of her teammates, Holston told a small crowd of students and school administrators that she had chosen Florida because it matched everything she was looking for in a school.

“It had to be in the South, a big school and good volleyball program,” said the 6-foot tall Holston. “I mainly wanted a female head coach. It was just a very important aspect for me.”

Holston, who can touch a 10-foot basketball rim and has a 6-foot-4 wingspan, is a versatile player who led the Warriors in kills (304) and blocks (65) en route to a Maryland 4A title last November.

The official recruiting period began at midnight on Thursday and Holston, already a highly-recruited player, was flooded with emails — 47 different ones in over a day — from college coaches. And even though she is only just starting her junior year, Holston was confident in her choice and didn’t want to drag it out.

“I was just pretty sure about my decision, like 100 percent positive,” she said. “I’ve known I wanted to go here a while.”

Kentucky, Louisiana State, Miami and North Carolina were among her finalists.