Samantha Knaust - 2016 Volleyball Signing
Samantha KnaustMH/RS | 6-1 | O'Fallon, Mo. | Fort Zumwalt North High School

WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Stephens College volleyball added some valuable height to it front row corps with the signing of Fort Zumwalt North High School senior Samantha Knaust. The Wentzville, Missouri native signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Stars beginning this fall.

Knaust, a 6-1 middle and rightside hitter, will arrive at Stephens with seven years of combined volleyball experience including two seasons on Fort Zumwalt North's varsity squad. As a senior, Knaust was second on the team in blocks totaling 34 in 29 matches played, which included 11 solo and 23 block assists. While helping power the Panthers to a 16-13 record, she also accumulated 48 kills and 26 digs.

In her first season on varsity as a junior, Knaust provided the Panthers with a presence at the net registering 27 kills and 11 blocks. The 6-1 middle, coached by Scott Clynes at Fort Zumwalt North, and Greg Renaud on the club circuit, led the Panthers in solo blocks in 2014-15 with seven.

In addition to volleyball, the Stars will be getting a leader on and off the court. This year, Knaust has pulled in several honors including the Gateway Athletic Conference (GAC) All-Conference Sportsmanship Award, Outstanding Senior Award in Family & Consumer Science, a Student Spotlight Award, Essence of Positive Peer Influence Award, and recognition in Mathematics and Communication Arts.

Samantha, daughter of James and Cynthia Knaust, plans to study Fashion Design & Product Development at Stephens, which ranks among the top fashion schools in the world by and Business of Fashion, London.

2016 Stars Signings
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Kendahl AdamsF5-8Columbia, Mo.University of Missouri - St. Louis
Chalee BrittF5-9Callao, Mo.Macon R-1 High School
Makenzie JemesG/F5-9Macon, Mo.Macon R-1 High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Kiana Homan-5-4Lebanon, Mo.Lebanon High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Lindi Congour-5-5Montrose, Colo.Montrose High School
Sierra Green--O'Fallon, Mo.Fort Zumwalt North High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Katelyn Bartels-5-3Osage Beach, Mo.Camdenton, Mo.
Ellie LaPosha-5-2St. Peters, Mo.ort Zumwalt South High School
MaCayla Montgomery-5-1Eldon, Mo.School of the Osage
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Chloey CavanaughD/F5-1Juneau, AlaskaCottey College
Maeghan ElyGK5-4Lenexa, Kan.Shawnee Mission West High School
Stephanie IvanoffD/MF5-3River Forest, Ill.Oak Park & River Forest High School
Sophie TaubeMF5-2Boonville, Mo.Boonville High School
Kendall WilliamsMF/F5-5Mesa, Ariz.Skyline High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Becca Johnston3B/C5-3Columbia, Mo.Battle High School
Emma KellyP5-10Hartsburg, Mo.Southern Boone High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Allex Looper--Beaver, Okla.Beaver High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Samantha KnaustMH/RS6-1O'Fallon, Mo.Fort Zumwalt North High School
NamePositionHeightHometownPrevious School
Rose CarterOH/MH5-8Carrollton, Mo.Carrollton High School
Sydnee PoindexterOH5-7Boonville, Mo.Boonville High School
Kelsey TaffnerL/OH5-7Lamar, Mo.Lamar High School
Shelby WoodS5-4Rogers, Ark.Rogers Heritage High School
Record: 9-24 Home: 4-6 Away: 1-11 Neutral: 4-7 AMC: 4-8