RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college sophomore Melody Carbonell (Jersey City, N.J./New York City Museum School) has transferred to Felician University and signed an athletics financial aid agreement for women's volleyball, Felician head coach John Chang announced today.
Carbonell, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter/middle blocker, spent the 2017-18 academic year at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. She appeared in four matches for the 8-17 Ravens in 2017, and will have three seasons of eligibility for Felician. She intends to major in exercise sports science.
"Melody is a versatile player and can be an asset for us in many ways," said Chang, entering his fifth season. "She is going to be a great addition."
Carbonell is a 2017 graduate of New York City Museum School, and competed for the Lab-Museum United co-op. She helped lead the Lady Gators to 2016 and 2017 PSAL playoff appearances, and was nominated to play in the 2017 New York City Exceptional Senior game. She also participated in two seasons of basketball, helping Lab-Museum United to undefeated division championship seasons each year. She played club volleyball for Asphalt Green.
"I am so thrilled to finish my academic and athletic career as a Felician Falcon," Carbonell said. "I immediately clicked with the coaches and team members. I am so happy to be closer to home and have the support of my family."
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons are slated to open the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 at a tournament hosted by Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.