June 14, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --The UAB volleyball program has added two players for the upcoming 2012 season -- outside hitter Ally Peters of Medina, Ohio, and setter Emma Schroer of Ogallala, Neb.
Both players will be freshmen for the Blazers this coming fall and will also be eligible to compete for the UAB sand volleyball team, which begins its second season of competition next spring.
Peters wrapped up her career at Medina High School last fall as an honorable mention All-Ohio selection after averaging 4.9 kills and 2.2 digs per set. She led Medina to its first Sweet 16 appearance in the state tournament in 27 years to go along with a district championship.
A four-year letterwinner, the 6-foot outside hitter was a three-time All-Medina County selection, a three-time all-district choice by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association and a two-time All-Northeast Ohio Conference honoree.
She finished her career as Medina's all-time leader in kills (1,046) and aces (130) and owns the seven highest single-match kill totals in school history.
Named MVP of the area by the Medina Gazette in 2011, Peters also has an extensive background in Junior Olympic volleyball, playing out of the Cleveland Volleyball Company.
"We are very excited about Ally joining our program," UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith said. "She will compete for playing time and a starting spot right away as an outside hitter in our 6-2 rotation. Her dad is a high school basketball coach, and she comes from an athletic family. She has also played high-level club volleyball, which will serve her well as she makes the transition to the college game."
Schroer was a four-year letterwinner for Ogallala High School, helping her team to an appearance in the final eight of the Nebraska state tournament every year.
At 5-foot-10, she was both an outside hitter and setter for Ogallala, where she was a three-time All-Southwest Conference and all-area selection, including a first-team choice as both a junior and senior. She was also an honorable mention all-state pick by the Associated Press last fall after logging more than 200 kills and more than 450 assists in her final season.
Named her volleyball team's most outstanding senior player and offensive player, Schroer was selected for the West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Game.
Schroer also played three years of basketball at Ogallala, earning all-conference and all-area recognition twice, and competed four years in tennis.
The niece of UAB coaches Kerry and Hal Messersmith, Schroer will join a fellow Ogallala product on the Blazer roster. Senior middle blocker Kate Morrellgraduated from the same high school in 2009.
"Emma is a very skilled player," Messersmith said. "She doesn't have a whole lot of club volleyball experience, but she played at a high level for a successful high school program at Ogallala. She's a well-rounded athlete, and we're excited to have her coming to Birmingham."
Peters and Schroer join a Blazer program looking to build on a strong 2011 season. UAB went 23-9 last year and tied for second place in the Conference USA race at 13-7 in league play.