A-State Volleyball Adds Four Newcomers for 2015

A-State Volleyball Adds Four Newcomers for 2015

JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Arkansas State head volleyball coach David Rehr announced Wednesday that Carlisa May, Lauren Petersen, Kenzie Fields, and Alden Weeks will continue their volleyball careers as Red Wolves.

May (5-10) attends Lee's Summit West High School in Lee Summit, Mo., where she was named First-Team All-State, All-District, and All-Region as a junior and senior as an outside hitter.  She earned First-Team All-Conference accolades from 2012-14 and was named Second-Team All-District as a sophomore.  As a senior she was named to the Mo-Kan All-Tournament and All-Star teams.  She has a career high of 30 kills in a single match and is an Evelyn Gates Award finalist, which is an award given to the top volleyball high school student-athlete in the Kansas City area.

“Carlisa is a tremendous athlete and she's a flier,” Rehr said.  “We're very excited to add her to our team next season because she improves our outside hitters immediately.  Don't let her size fool you because she can play and we expect her to be a very dynamic player for us.”

Petersen, a 5-11 setter, helped lead Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo., to its first Missouri State High School Activities Association Volleyball Championships appearance and a Class 4 fourth-place finish.  The Blue Jays registered a 31-2-4 record as she was named First-Team All-State, All-District, All-Region, and All-Conference as a senior in 2014.  Additionally, she was named to the Mo-Kan All-Tournament and All-Star teams.  She garnered Second-Team All-Conference honors as a junior.

“We're very happy about adding Lauren to our program,” said Rehr.  “She's a very physical setter and will push for playing time early in her career.  We expect her to compete with our current setters and she will, at the very least, be a very solid backup next year.”

Fields (6-1) is an outside hitter and attends Bartlett High School in Bartlett, Tenn.  She has started all four years of her high school career and earned the District Player of the Year award all four seasons.  Additionally, she was named the district tournament and region tournament MVP from 2011-14 and was the district Player of the Year as a senior.  She was named All-State in 2012 and a Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Finalist from 2012-14.  A finalist for All-Metro Player of the year, she registered the most kills in Tennessee with 704 on the season.

“Kenzie comes from a volleyball family and has had success every year of her high school career,” Rehr said.  “She's very volleyball savvy and can play any position on the court because of that.  We are going to use her at outside hitter and feel like she can be a difference maker as a freshman.”

Weeks, a 6-0 outside hitter, attends Nettleton High School in Jonesboro and was a three-time All-Conference performer for the Lady Raiders from 2012-14.  As a senior she led the team in blocks and service aces and set the school record for kills in a match with 29.  She earned 5A All-State accolades as a junior and senior and made the Class 5A All-State Tournament team all three years of her high school career.  Her high school career stats include 744 kills and 136 blocks.

“We're very fortunate to add Alden to our program,” said Rehr.  “She's got excellent credentials and it's always nice to add a local kid to the program.  She will get a chance to compete and join the mix at outside hitter where we will have to have some new players step up next year.”

The A-State volleyball team is currently on a six-match winning streak and carries an overall record of 17-8 and conference mark of 12-4 into Friday's match at ULM.