COLUMBUS, Ohio Geoff Carlston, Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach, announced the signing of three recruits to National Letters of Intent. Outside hitter Emily Danks, setter Amanda Peterson and middle hitter Mariah Booth will join the Buckeyes for the 2009 season.
Danks, a Prepvolleyball.com Top 15 recruit, is a 6-foot, 1-inch right-side hitter from Round Rock, Texas. She led the Round Rock High School Lady Dragons to a school record 39-6 overall record and regional runner-ups in her senior season. Danks was also a member of the Austin Junior club team that won the 2008 Junior Olympics national championship in July. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
“Emily was one of the most highly recruited players in the country and she fell in love with our team and the vision for Ohio State volleyball,” Carlston said. “She is tall, athletic and very quick for her size. Her foot speed is impressive and may come from the fact she was an elite level tap dancer not so long ago.
“She will be a great leader for our team right away and will add depth to our outside and right side positions” Carlston added.
Peterson, a Prepvolleyball.com Top 40 recruit, is a 6-foot setter from Glenbard East High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In her senior season, Peterson finished with 233 assists, 352 kills, 73 blocks and 37 aces to lead her team to a regional title. She is a four-year letter winner and a three-time All DuPage Valley Conference selection. Peterson aided her Sport Performance club team to the JVDA 17 Open championship this past summer.
“Amanda comes to us as one of the top rated setters in the nation,” Carlston said. “She is fearless, is a tremendous leader and fits in perfectly with the offense we will be moving toward in the coming year. I have rarely seen a player in all my years of coaching that has the work ethic of Amanda.
“In the classroom, Amanda is an incredible student and is enrolled in AP classes,” Carlston added. “She also can solve the Rubik’s Cube in under a minute and carries it in her backpack wherever she goes.”
Booth, a 6-foot, 3-inch middle hitter, hails from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga. She rounded out her senior season with 374 kills, 41 aces and 62 blocks and helped lead her team to its back-to-back Area 5AAAAA championships. Booth, an All-State selection, had 19 kills and 14 digs in the championship game. She also is in her second year as a member of the A5 club team.
“Mariah is an awesome athlete with long arms and a tremendous upside,” Carlston said. “We are excited to get her in our gym surrounded by our team where she is going to improve quickly. With her size, Mariah will add much needed depth as a middle and right side attacker.”
Ohio State (12-18, 3-15 Big Ten) closes out the regular season with home matches against top-ranked Penn State (30-0, 18-0) Friday and Indiana (16-14, 8-10) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.