Melissa began playing volleyball in 1999 at the age of 11. She played for Orlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) 12U through 18U, as a Libero and Setter. In 2006, Melissa graduated from Winter Park High School with two Florida State Championships under her belt as a Libero; specifically, in 2004 she assisted in leading Winter Park to an undefeated season. Melissa ended her high school career playing for the 2005 Team Florida and the USA Junior National Team in 2006. She accepted a full scholarship to play collegiate ball at University of Central Florida (UCF). During freshman season she set the NCAA Record for total digs in a single season. Melissa graduated from UCF where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and minored in Coaching and Communications.
Now, Melissa is the head coach of the 16-Red team and Director of NVL/Club Med Academy. Prior to joining NVL/CMA, she coached at OVA for three seasons and was the Head Coach for both boys and girls West Orange High School Volleyball.