April 12, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s volleyball program received a big boost on Wednesday (Apr. 12), accepting an NLI from rising junior Jasmine Koonts, a middle blocker transfer from Arizona State University. The six-foot-two Houston native comes to Columbus with 42 matches worth of collegiate experience.
“Jasmine connected with our players and coaches immediately,” Geoff Carlston, head coach, said. “On top of being an incredibly gifted athlete, she is a very enthusiastic and positive person. She will compliment Madison [Smeathers] and Lauren [Witte} as our middle blocker core.”
Koonts recorded 190 kills and 133 total blocks (26 solo) in her two seasons as a Sun Devil. The Klein High School product ranked second on the team with 81 stuffs in 2016, making 21 starts in the middle. As a freshman in ’15, Koonts helped push ASU to a season-opening mark of 15-0 to ascend as high as No. 5 nationally and an eventual trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Jasmine is the daughter of Carol and Derek Koonts. Carol was a hurdler at Texas Tech and Sam Houston State while Derek also competed on the SHSU track and field team before coaching a number of track and field All-Americans at TCU.