Blazers, Noles play first sanctioned collegiate sand volleyball match
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2012):
Recorded a team-high 11 wins on the season with only 2 losses ... competed with two different teammates, primarily Becca Howard at the No. 5 position ... owned a 9-2 record with Howard ... battled for a 3-2 win over Georgia State in the FSU tournament (April 20)... had back-to-back wins over UNF (April 6-7) ... beat Jacksonville and College of Charleston in the Jacksonville Easter Tournament (March 29-30)... went 3-for-3 in the Blazers sweep of the College of Charleston Tourney including a 2-0 win in the third flight (March 22-23)... in her first game with Howard, scored a 3-1 win over Stetson to propel the Blazers to a 4-1 victory (March 16) ... opened up the season with Ally Slaughter at the No. 4 position and beat Mercer, 3-9 (March 9)
AS A FRESHMAN (2011):
A local product from Oak Mountain High School ... played her final two seasons for coach Tammy Richardson ... named the Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year and Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year as a senior in 2010 ... helped Oak Mountain to back-to-back final eight appearances in the state tournament as a junior and senior, including a runner-up finish in 2010 ... selected to the state all-tournament team in 2010 ... led all players in the Birmingham area her senior year with 808 kills (4.7 per game) ... also posted 74 blocks, 395 digs and 41 aces in her final campaign ... named to the 6A All-State Second Team as a junior in 2009 by the Alabama Volleyball Coaches Association ... competed in the 2009 AAU Nationals with her team from the Birmingham Volleyball Club.
Samantha Drake Skinner ... born Sept. 17, 1992 in Birmingham, Ala. ... daughter of Sammy and Brenda Skinner ... has four brothers, Adrian, Kobe, Kolbe and Caleb, and one sister, Telma ... major is undecided.