Rio Grande Sports Information
WELLSTON, Ohio – University of Rio Grande head volleyball coach Billina Donaldson has announced the signing of Wellston High School's Samantha Ousley for the 2013 season.
Ousley, a 5-foot-10 middle/outside hitter, led the way in a number of different categories for head coach Hilary Patrick's Rockets, who finished the 2012 campaign at 8-16 after a loss to Alexander in Division III sectional tournament play.
Ousley closed her senior season with 301 kills, 182 digs, 86 aces and 159 points en route to a third straight selection to the All-Tri-Valley Conference first team. She was also named to the All-Southeast District first team for the second consecutive season after receiving an honorable mention nod in 2010.
"Sam is a very strong athlete who will only get better over the next few years," Donaldson said. "I'm looking forward to watching her morph into a really strong college volleyball player. She has the will to win and understands the importance of working hard. I can't wait to see her become part of our family at Rio."
Ousley finished her prep career with 886 kills, 499 digs, 231 aces and 467 points and was named the 2012 Nancy Kibler Award winner, given annually to the program's top student-athlete.
Ousley was also a basketball standout for the Rockets. She earned a Special Honorable Mention selection to the All-District 13 Coaches Association team, while also tying a school record with 43 points in a Senior Night win over Ohio Valley Christian.
It's her volleyball prowess, though, that has Ousley wearing the red and white this fall.
"I'm excited to get to play with the girls and to play for coach Donaldson. I've always dreamed of playing at the next level and I feel like Rio Grande is where I am supposed to be," Ousley said. "I know that they have a great education program and that the volleyball program is very disciplined and they're like a family. Coach Donaldson also instills good morals and respectful attitudes in her players."
Ousley, who earned eight varsity letters at WHS – four each in volleyball and basketball, was also named to the all-TVC Academic Team a total of six times - three each in volleyball (2010, 2011, 2012) and basketball (2011, 2012, 2013). She earned the Academic Team Captain Award for basketball in 2013 as the team's top student.
The proximity of Rio's campus to her home – plus her previous relationship with Donaldson – were the key factors in Ousley choosing to play for the RedStorm.
"Rio Grande is close to home. My family has always been my number one support system, so it's good to have them close to me and able to come to my games," she said. "Also, I've known coach Donaldson for some time now and I knew the first time I went to one of her camps that I wanted to play for her."
Donaldson said that Ousley will likely see action both in the middle and on the right side when she joins the program.
"I need to work on my vertical and my placement of the ball, but I feel my best assets as a player is my good sportsmanship, communication, strength, and positive attitude," Ousley said. "My ultimate goal as a player for the next four years is to get to know myself more, have more discipline, and work my way to the top."
Ousley, who will major in Early Childhood Education, is the daughter of Bob and Ginger Ousley of Wellston.