- Inside Athletics
DETROIT, Mich. -- The Marygrove College women's volleyball team continued its torrid offseason pace Tuesday (April 15) with the signing of Belleville High School (BHS) standout Skylar Zeigler to a 2014-15 Letter of Intent. Taking place in front of family and friends in the BHS Library, Zeigler's signing lifts the 2014 commitment total to five for head coach Jamie Baker and the Mustangs.
Zeigler, a 5-9 outside hitter, signed on to become a Marygrove Mustang after a successful high school and club career. The well-traveled outside hitter's career started as a two-year varsity player at Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High School. From there, Zeigler transferred one year to Pittsburgh's (Pa.) Allderdice High School where she played on the varsity squad. She also played on the well-known Pittsburgh Elite volleyball club during her time in the Steel City.
After her junior year was complete, Zeigler moved back to Michigan to finish her high school career at Belleville. Once at Belleville, Zeigler was able to make an immediate impact under head coach Lynnea Harris and was named a Wayne-Westland Athletic Conference (WWAC) All-League player. The outside hitter also played for the local Hurricanes volleyball club to help hone her skills over the past year.
A well-rounded student-athlete, Zeigler will be a recipient of Marygrove's Presidential Scholarship due to her stellar 3.9 cumulative grade point average. The outstanding student plans to major in accounting at Marygrove.
COACH BAKER'S TAKE
"Skylar is a fantastic addition to the Mustang Volleyball Family," said Baker. "She possesses all-around volleyball skills that should help her transition to the college game. With hard work, I see Skylar's skillset as one that can be a threat up front and potentially in the back row as well. The WHAC is a very tough conference for freshmen, but I believe Skylar will rise to the challenge and have the opposition take note immediately. Academically, Skylar will enter Marygrove well-prepared and be an asset to the team and the Marygrove community as well."
A FAMILY & MARYGROVE CONNECTION
Skylar's father, Ernie, is currently on staff as an assistant men's basketball coach for the neighboring University of Detroit Titans. Her brother, Trey, is no stranger to the life of a college student-athlete as a current member of the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs men's basketball team. As for Marygrove, Skylar enters the northwest Detroit campus with a pair of connections. Her cousin, Tasaun Zeigler, is on staff as an assistant coach for the Marygrove men's basketball team and her Belleville assistant coach, Megan Gohl, was a four-year starter and captain for the Mustang volleyball team. Gohl, the program's all-time assist leader, was instrumental in Zeigler's commitment to Marygrove.
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