Rio Grande Sports Information
BEAVER, Ohio - University of Rio Grande volleyball head coach Billina Donaldson has announced the signing of Eastern High School's Miranda Clark for the 2013 season.
Clark, 6-foot-0 right side hitter, helped head coach Janet Day's Eagles to a 27-1 season and a trip to the Ohio Division IV state semifinals, where they fell to eventual state runner-up Kidron Central Christian.
Clark finished with a team-high 275 kills and also served up 58 aces en route to earning All-Southern Ohio Conference and All-Southeast District first team selections.
For Donaldson, the signing of Clark marked a first for the RedStorm program.
"Miranda is a true right side hitter - something we have not had at Rio since I got here. We've always taken a middle and moved her out there due to the great ability to block, using them for blocking opponents outside hitters," she said. "But, with Miranda, she is trained in the right side in that she can block and hit all the shots from that position. We're super excited to have her at that spot."
Clark is just as excited to be joining the RedStorm.
"I'm very happy to be signing with Rio Grande," Clark said. "Over the summer, I met coach Donaldson at a summer league in Jackson. I liked her, I liked the location of the school - Rio was just a good fit for me."
Ohio Wesleyan, Bluffton, Wilmington and Otterbein also showed interest in Clark.
Clark's decision will also allow her to remain a teammate of Chandler Brown, another Eastern High standout who has signed with Rio Grande.
Donaldson said the success the Clark enjoyed throughout the course of her high school career has gone a long way toward preparing her for what awaits at the collegiate level.
"Miranda has worked extremely hard at transforming herself into the player she is and I can't wait to have her on our court," she said. "She had the opportunity to lead her team, along with Chandler, to the state finals. She has the experience of playing in the 'Big matches'."
Clark acknowledged that she'd llike to improve upon her passing skills, but quickly added that she's anxious to continue the learning process.
"My hitting ability is probably the best part of my game right now," she said. "My ultimate goal as a player for the next four years is just to gain as much knowledge about the game as I can and to become an all-around stronger player."
Clark, who plans to major in Biology, is the daughter of Allen Clark of Waverly, Ohio.