Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna Jenna Orlandini makes French connection
|By Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Now the 23-year-old is expanding her horizons.
Recently, Orlandini signed a professional contract with
"This is a process that happened very quickly and I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to play professional volleyball," Orlandini said while visiting family in La Canada. "We weren't just looking in France, but they had the best team that needed a libero and I can't wait to get started."
Vannes has been a club on the rise and will participate in Ligue A, or the A League, the highest division in France in the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Vannes earned a spot in the top league after defeating AS Saint-Raphaël for the title of 2014 Champion
Orlandini, a 2008 Flintridge Sacred Heart alumnae, is believed to be the first-ever Tologs volleyball product to sign a professional contract and second athlete in school history to do so after former soccer star
"How many people get this opportunity to play at the professional level?" said
"She always played locally and even in
The libero tied former program legend
For the season, Orlandini finished with 487 digs and 32 aces and graduated with a double bachelor's degree in communications and sociology.
"We don't have a professional league in America, so to become a professional you go to
"Alessandro had some connections and the Vannes coach saw my footage and got in contact with me through email. After that, the whole process took like a week, maybe two."
Perhaps one of the bigger challenges facing
"I'm definitely going to work on learning French,"
In between learning French, obtaining a work visa and purchasing insurance,
"I'm going to be in town for a few more days and then I'm heading up to
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