Morgan City High School's Karmen Peterson signed a beach volleyball scholarship with Nicholls State University during a ceremony at Morgan City High Tuesday. Peterson is the first Tri-City Area player to sign a beach volleyball scholarship. From left are her brother, Blake Peterson; Peterson; her mother, Brandie Peterson; and her father, Glenn Peterson. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
MCHS' Peterson inks with Nicholls beach volleyball
Morgan City High School’s Karmen Peterson sent off her highlight tape to Nicholls State University hoping to get a shot on the school’s indoor volleyball team.
While she said she was told there were no spots available for the indoor squad, she was offered a spot on the school’s newly-formed beach volleyball team.
Peterson made local history Tuesday when she became the Tri-City Area’s first volleyball player to sign a beach volleyball scholarship.
Peterson said beach volleyball will be a big difference from the indoor game.
“It’s going to be a great difference,” she said. “I have to know every position to play. I can’t just be a hitter like for school ball.”
Peterson said she will prepare for the outdoor season through such methods as conditioning and working on her passing skills and attending a beach volleyball camp.
She has some limited experience in beach volleyball.
“It was just for fun, really,” Peterson said. “We went a couple of times over the summer. It’s new to me, but I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in sixth grade.”
Morgan City High School Coach Christy Theriot said that Peterson has a “great work ethic.”
“She’s worked for everything she’s achieved, and I’m very proud of her for pursuing this,” Theriot said. “She was very nervous. She doesn’t like to do new things she’s not comfortable with, so she’s getting out of her comfort zone, so that in itself is something to be proud of.”
Peterson was an All-District 8-III selection this past season for Morgan City. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to the Division III quarterfinals with a 29-14 record. It was the school’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2008.
Nicholls finished 0-18 in its inaugural beach volleyball season, but first-year Coach Kallie Noble was pleased with the strides the team made this season.
"This season exceeded my expectations by far, and I have to give credit to our players,” Noble said in a recent Nicholls press release on the team’s final match. “Every day they came in, worked hard and did whatever I asked of them. It was a new experience for all of us. We had a few players that had some beach experience; however, for the most part, we were a team made up of indoor players. I am very pleased with how we progressed over the course of the season. Being a first-year program, there were lots of unknowns, but this group of players rose to the challenge."
Peterson said she hopes to be able to eventually play indoor, too, if it is offered to her.