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 Fashionista.com and Business of Fashion, London.
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