Spikers moving on up to Division I
FARMER’S KORNER – Ashley-‘n-Aurora. Aurora-‘n-Ashley. After four years at Summit High School, the senior duo almost became one – a singular force in Tigers volleyball.
Now Ashley Reavis and Aurora Ebert-Santos are going separate ways. They both signed Letters of Intent Friday at Summit High School, accepting full scholarships from different Division I schools.
Reavis will attend the University of South Florida; Ebert-Santos is headed to the University of West Virginia.
Although both were known for their outside hitting at SHS, they were recruited for their defensive skills. Both Reavis and Ebert-Santos will play the libero position at college. It’s a position that doesn’t exist at the high school level. The libero never comes off the floor but never gets to the front row. It is responsible for receiving serve and digging attempted kills.
West Virginia assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jason Oliver said Ebert-Santos’ “ball control and court sense” stood out.
“She’s one of the best defenders we’ve had the opportunity to recruit here at West Virginia in a long time,” Oliver said.
At the signing ceremony Friday, Reavis and Ebert-Santos both expressed a passion for the defensive side of the game.
“You basically control the play with passing and defense,” Reavis said. “And that’s what I’m stronger at. I’m too small to play outside hitter at a Division I school.”
Reavis looked at other schools but said she clicked well with the South Florida players and coaches during her visit to the Tampa, Fla., campus. Ebert-Santos had a similar experience in Morgantown, W. Va.
“One of the things that sold me was how gorgeous the place was,” Ebert-Santos said. “Also, the coach and the players, I enjoyed their company. I got along with them all, and that’s a huge thing looking at a volleyball team.
“I looked at a bunch of other schools, but they didn’t seem so much of a fit.”
Both players will have to deal with the distance from home.
“I’m ready,” Ebert-Santos said. “I’m ready to move on with my life. But I don’t know how I’ll feel once I get to college. I’ll probably get homesick.”
Reavis is sure she’ll miss Summit County, despite being happy to trade the snow for the beach.
“I was fully excited until I actually went for my visit,” Reavis said. “It sort of hit me that I’m going to be a three-day car ride away from home. So it’s pretty scary.”
Her new team will be her surrogate family.
“Ashley is a very talented individual who will bring more than just volleyball skills to the program,” said South Florida coach Nancy Mueller. “Her positive attitude will be inspirational to those around her. I’m looking forward to coaching her for the next four years.”
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