Annual Mortar Board Premier brings VCU, Austin Peay, Ohio to Belin Court
Boilers pull out three come-from-behind set wins in victory.
The outside hitter dreams of being a travel agent, calls her game efficient and looks up to her mom.
Sam Epenesa writes about taking in the small town of Maribor, a match vs. Austria and more.
All the pertinent details to get yourself involved in the game, BTN broadcast.
2013: Saw action in all 35 matches, starting 23 ... averaged 2.30 kills per set, third most on the team ... posted double-digit kills eight times, while leading the team six times ... tallied 267 kills, including career-best 16 vs. #5 Penn State ... served up 11 aces, including a career high five vs. Alabama A&M ... hit .250 or better in nine matches, including .300 or better seven times ... put up 51 blocks, including career-high five at No. 17 Michigan ... pulled up 96 digs, including career best seven vs. #10 Minnesota and #15 Wisconsin.
2012: Saw action in 12 matches, earning the start against George Washington ... posted season-best eight kills on 15 swings against GWU, for a season-best .533 hitting effort ... tallied season-best four digs at Cincinnati ... led team in kills against GWU in her collegiate debut ... added six blocks, including two each against Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati.
High School: Named as second team AVCA/Under Armour High School All-American for 2011-12 ... ranked No. 33 among prepvolleyball.com's Top 250 Senior Aces ... a Fab 50 selection by Volleyball Magazine ... garnered Large School Volleyball Player of the Year honors from the Alton Telegraph each of her last three seasons ... earned All-Metro Volleyball Player of the Year honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2011 after leading team with 346 kills and 66 aces and ranking third in digs (249) ... tabbed as a PrepVolleyball All-American while also earning first team all-state, all-Southwestern Conference and first team Post-Dispatch acclaim as a junior, after tallying a school record 406 kills ... a Champaign News Gazette second team all-state selection as a sophomore, while also earning first team all-conference, team MVP and PrepVolleyball Soph79 accolades ... set school record for career kills (1,250) and ranks second in career aces (184) and third in career block assists (151) ... led team to four Southwestern Conference, four regional and three sectional titles as well as a third-place state finish in 2010 ... played volleyball and softball as a freshman ... played club volleyball for the High Performance STL Gold team.
Personal: Given name is Samantha Marie Arasi Epenesa ... born Nov. 11, 1993 ... parents are Epenesa and Stephanie Epenesa. Father played football at Iowa and mother played volleyball at Iowa Wesleyan ... has three brothers, Andrew, Eric and Iosefatu.