WEST LIBERTY – Jamie Peterson will be the West Liberty-Salem career kills record-holder in volleyball. That much is certain.
The question now is where will she stop?
Peterson’s older sister Becca has held the record (1,229) since her senior year, but Jamie should shatter that mark by the time this season draws to a close.
“We keep it pretty friendly competition between the two of us,” Jamie said. “There’s things that she’s better at that I can’t do. It won’t cause any problems. But it’s kind of bittersweet.”
Recently, www.prepvolleyball.com named Jamie the #73 senior in the country.
Peterson’s natural athleticism gives her a significant advantage on both the volleyball and basketball courts. Her 6-foot-4 frame and long arms allow her to reach anything in the vicinity and she runs and jumps like a gazelle.
Peterson has committed to the University of Dayton, where she will play volleyball and major in either physical therapy or exercise science.
“I think it would be great to work with athletes and be around sports all the time,” she said. “Because I’ve spent my whole life in a gym and I don’t see any reason for going away from that. That atmosphere appeals to me.”
As a junior, Peterson was named to the Division III All-Ohio Honorable Mention list. She’s been a member of the First Team All-District (District 9) and All-Conference (OHC) teams for two consecutive years – with a third likely on the way. She also played for the Ohio Valley Region’s High Performance Team over the summer of 2014 and was selected as an alternate to the USAV High Performance Team for the HP Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, this past summer.
“I don’t know where it will take me,” Peterson said. “I just see myself playing volleyball. Wherever it may be, wherever I may end up. I just don’t see myself without volleyball – just because it’s been a part of my life for so long.