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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Kayla Peterson, West Liberty-Salem High School Volleyball

Kayla Peterson

People often send me information on which high school student-athletes to interview for radio and the website. I usually end up with over 150 or so for potential interviews.

With the help of my wife, we try to pick out the most interesting. This time we picked a volleyball player because I have not done very many interviews on the sport or with many players who play the sport in my 30-plus years as a broadcaster/reporter.

We chose Kayla Peterson, senior of the West Liberty-Salem Tigers Volleyball team. I had been told since she was a freshman, that she is an excellent interview. I found out, she is outstanding!

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Kayla not only concluded a successful career for the Tigers, but a successful senior season. She recorded 526 assists, 188 kills, 74 aces, 272 digs as the team’s setter and outside hitter. Also in 2010, she was selected Ohio Heritage Conference Player of the Year, Division III District 9 Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-Ohio honors.

West Liberty-Salem High School

With all of those great stats and accolades, Division I College Volleyball coaches would be calling. I’m sure they did, but Kayla said that she did not want to go to a big school. She was looking at a program that had a good team, had solid academics and teammates who get along and have fun, and a school and town that is small like West Liberty, Ohio.

Kayla has chosen Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. The Battlers are an NCAA Division II  liberal arts

(courtesy of Alderson-Broaddus College)

school with 800 students, which is affiliated with American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

The Rural school, nicknamed the Battlers, was established in 1871 with the motto of “Learning to Succeed, Learning to Serve.”

The athletics teams nickname of the “Battlers” which is derived from the 1861 Battle of Philippi. Their colors are blue and gold and they compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which includes: Bluefield State, Charleston, Concord University, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan University and Wheeling Jesuit University; all told, a 15-school conference.

(courtesy of WVIAC)

Alderson-Broaddus has several notable alumni:

* Lt. General John E. Jackson, President of Fork Union Military Academy.

* Richard F. Wilson, President of Illinois Wesleyan University.

* Major General Jessica L. Wright, first woman Adjunct General of Pennsylvania National Guard. The second woman to hold this position in the United States.

* Ed Schrock, United States Congressman, a Republican from Virginia, 2001-2005.

Kayla says that she’ll be a setter in college and is looking forward to being in a role that has been trained to do.

The Alderson-Broaddus finished tied for third in the WVIAC at 23-14 overall, 11-3 in the league. The Lady Battlers were 8-2 at home, 7-5 away, 8-7 on neutral courts. The kingpin of the conference is Wheeling Jesuit at 33-5 overall, 14-0 in the league; Fairmont State finished second at 20-10 overall, 12-2 in the WVIAC and Charleston at 19-10 overall and 11-3 in the WVIAC.

Kayla Peterson is pleased with her decision and she should be a good fit as Alderson-Broaddus drives for the WVIAC Volleball championship in the years to come.

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