Even before she started at the high school, Evans’ Hannah Peters was no stranger to Lady Knights volleyball.
Peters, the squad’s junior captain, is the fourth and final sister to take the court for the Lady Knights.
“My oldest sister Rebekah’s first game was when I was 5, so I’ve been to Evans volleyball games since I was 5,” Peters said. “At first I just went because we do everything as a family. We just went and watched my oldest sister play. When I was in like fourth grade to middle school, I would just pass with them in the yard – or they would teach me how to pass. I was probably pitiful at that.”
Pitiful is nowhere near the vocabulary Evans head coach Lauren Farr uses to describe her middle blocker/hitter.
“She’s a great all-around player,” said Farr, who likes to move her around on the court. “She is a dynamic hitter. For her height (5-feet-10) she is an awesome back-row player – she’s a good passer, she’s got a good serve. If she wants to, she can definitely take it to the next level.”
When her next-oldest sisters took up the sport, that’s when it really caught Peters’ attention.
“Alecia and Jennifer did cheerleading but then they switched to volleyball, so I was like, ‘Oh well, I’ll do volleyball, too,’ and I started to enjoy it in middle school,” Peters said.
It wasn’t any one aspect, rather the entirety of the sport that drew her in.
“I like the fact that it’s a team sport,” she said. “Everybody’s involved, you can’t just have one player and win. Playing-wise, I love to pass and block. I also love to hit, she added quickly, but I love to pass and block.”
She knows her game has come a long way since her first year at Evans.
“It’s improved a lot,” Peters said. “My freshman year coach would always tell you I ran into the setter. He had me in the middle there, too. I would always turn around and run into the setter,” she acknowledged, laughing.
The Lady Knights made a run in the 2013 Area 2-AAAAA tournament and made it to the state tournament. That provided a push for the 2014 season.
“I think it’s carried over a lot because we’ve set team goals for our team and we want to be top 2 instead of top 3, because we were third last year,” Peters said. “We have to continually push ourselves to get better and better and improve from last year.”
She knows the competition will be fierce, however.
“I think all the teams have a good chance of winning regional or going to state,” she said.
Her coach likes Evans’ chances with Peters on the court.
“We’ve got a lot of really good middle blockers in the county in our region,” said Farr. “Having Hannah who can match up with any of them is a real asset.”