AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012)
Competed in 32 matches and 97 sets during freshman campaign for the Blazers ... started in 22 matches ... first UAB volleyball player to earn the Conference USA Freshman of the Year honor ... Second Team All-C-USA selection and named to Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... finished in the top-20 in Conference USA in kills per set with an average of 2.61 ... totaled 253 kills and recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches ... had 22 kills and 16 digs against SMU (Oct. 25), both season highs ... collected 144 digs ... recorded four double-doubles ... tallied 54 total blocks (14bs, 40ba) ... notched 15 aces including a season-high three against East Carolina (Nov. 2).
REDSHIRT SEASON (2011)
Sat out the season as a redshirt.
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 Wendy Skinner ... has a sister Ziva ... majoring in psychology.