A duo of transfers are heading to the Gonzaga women’s volleyball program for 2018 in middle blocker/right side Peighton De Von from Nevada and outside hitter Perry Ramsey out of North Carolina State. Both players will be immediately eligible, fifth-year seniors in the fall with one season left of play.
A 6’0″ native of Spokane, De Von joins a group of three returning middles and four opposites with the Bulldogs. After attending Shadle Park High School, she redshirted in 2014 which preceded three years of play with Nevada. That culminated last season when she started all 30 matches and led the team in blocks with 102 (0.94 per set) and was second in kills with 224 (2.24 per set) on a .248 mark. Those numbers led to her listing on the All-Mountain West Honorable Mention team.
“Peighton fit right in with this group from her first visit,” Gonzaga head coach Diane Nelson said in the team’s release of the additions. “She is comfortable in our environment, and confident in what she has learned through her collegiate experience. I believe Peighton adds depth to our offense, and has the ability to take over at the net. She will make an impact immediately.”
Joining De Von is Ramsey, who stands at 6’0″ and will be one of a handful of outside hitters. She prepped at Chapel Hill High School in Carrboro, North Carolina before attending nearby NC State and making a splash as a true freshman in 2014. She was third on the team in kills (211) and added 96 digs in 22 starts and 99 sets. Those numbers grew in year two, her strongest individual season, when she logged 300 kills (2.52 per set) on a .162 clip, 146 digs (1.23 per set), 67 blocks (0.56 per set) and 15 aces (0.13 per set). Her play at the net dropped in 2016 as a junior, but her digs greatly rose and then in 2017 she suffered a season-ending injury to where she took a medical redshirt.
“We are really excited to get Perry in our gym,” Nelson added in the release. “From the first conversation, she had such an enthusiasm for getting the opportunity to play one more season. Not only is Perry bringing experience and athleticism to us, she is a leader and has exhibited such maturity in the process of recruiting. Her ability to make those around her better is a product of her genuine care for others.”
Gonzaga finished the 2017 season at 14-16 overall and 9-9 as a member of the West Coast Conference.