THIS SEASON: Sara Peterson enters her senior season at middle blocker with the Women of Troy... A 1997 walk-on, she has exhibited great dedication over the past three seasons... A role player who continues to contribute both on and off the court.
IN 1999: In her junior season with the Women of Troy, Peterson played in eight games and five matches... With six kills off of 10 attacks, she had the team's highest attack percentage (.500) for the year... She made her debut against Washington State (Sept. 30) and led the team with a .556 attack percentage and three blocks... Against the Cougars, she also broke each of her career-highs with six kills, nine attacks, three digs and two blocks... She also made appearances against Arizona State (Sept. 24), Oregon State (Oct. 15) and Oregon (Oct. 18 and Nov. 12).
IN 1998: As a sophomore, Peterson played in one game against California (Nov. 20).
IN 1997: A walk-on freshman middle blocker, Peterson served as a reserve and played one game in the Villanova match (Sept. 5).
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Peterson is a 1997 graduate of Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach, Calif... A three-year letterwinner in volleyball... She was a two-time All-Ocean League selection (1995-96) and was named Most Outstanding Player her senior year... Among her 1997 academic honors, she won the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete award, the Daniel Freeman Hospital Scholar-Athlete award and was honored as the Southern California Edison High School Student-Athlete of the Month... She played club volleyball with the South Bay Volleyball Club under head coach Larry Smoot.
PERSONAL: Sara Ruth Peterson was born on October 12, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah... The daughter of Guy Potter and Brenda Peterson, she is an only child... She comes from a rich tradition of volleyball... Her uncle, Tom Peterson, was the men's volleyball head coach at Penn State when the Nittany Lions won an NCAA title in 1994 and he earned National Coach of the Year honors... He is currently the women's coach at Utah State... Her mom, Brenda, played volleyball and basketball at BYU from 1969-73, leading the Cougars to a second-place finish at the 1973 NAIA National Championship... Her mom also played volleyball at the World University Games in Moscow, Russia, in 1973 and was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985... She is a public relations major who hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment or sports industry... Would also like to travel the world after graduation.