Jacksonville University tacked onto its roster with the addition of Lauren Petersen, a transfer from Arkansas State. Petersen, a 5’11” setter originally from Liberty, Missouri, will be immediately eligible and have two years left of eligibility for the Dolphins.
“LP came in this January and she has been in our gym all spring,” Jacksonville head coach Julie Darty said in the release of the news. “Lauren is a gifted setter and actually has quite a heavy arm as well. She is a great all-around volleyball player who adds a lot to our program.”
Petersen helped lead Liberty High School to its first Missouri State High School Activities Association Volleyball Championships appearance and a Class 4 fourth-place finish. She was First-Team All-State, leading her to be recruited by Arkansas State. She didn’t appear in any matches as a true freshman in 2015, but played in three in 2016 as a sophomore. She totaled four assists, two kills and a dig on the year in three sets of action.
“She has a great volleyball IQ and has a calm confidence to her when she is out there running her offense,” Darty added in the release. “She brought a fiery, competitive presence to our gym immediately and it has been wonderful to get her immersed with the team this spring so she is dialed in come this fall.”
Jacksonville finished 9-19 overall last season, including 5-9 in the Atlantic-Sun Conference. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2014 as back-to-back Atlantic-Sun champions after they won 30 matches in 2013.