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The Princeton women's volleyball team will welcome four talented newcomers into the Class of 2020.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Ivy Champion Women's Volleyball Brings Talent, Versatility In Class Of 2020

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/27/2016

After a historic season, when Princeton became the first team in Ivy League history (volleyball or otherwise) to win the league title after an 0-3 start, the Tiger women’s volleyball team is looking to build on that momentum with a talented quartet of incoming recruits.

Head coach Sabrina King put together an experienced, versatile class of players who had significant success in both the high school and club levels.

“This class is saturated with talent,” King said. “We are so fortunate to have these amazing student-athletes join our program. They have all competed at the highest level nationally, and been lauded as captains and leaders in their communities.”

You can read more about the Class of 2020 below.

Jessica Harris
5-9 • S • Newport Beach, Calif.
Corona del Mar

Before Princeton — earned first-team CIF Division 1AA as a senior … earned all-county honors by the Orange County Register … Pacific Coast League MVP … led Corona del Mar to four league championships; also led Laguna Beach Club Team to five medals, including two gold medals … earned Daily Pilot/LA Times Dream Team Player of the Year … earned Prep Volleyball All-American Honorable Mention, as well as Academic All-American … two-time team captain and Sea King Pride Award recipient … also lettered in track & field; earned team MVP  … AP Scholar … AP Environmental Science Sea King Award recipient … CSF Scholar.

Personal — born Dec. 20, 1997 … daughter of Chip and Shawn Harris … has an older brother Jack … enjoys traveling, cooking and listening to music … considering studying economics, policy and foreign policy as a member of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Why Did You Choose Princeton? It is a great balance of Division I athletics and amazing academics that is hard to find anywhere else.

King on Harris: Jessie is a winner. She finds a way to lead her team in any capacity and any position. Her primary position is setter, but she has been called on as a hitter and primary passer for her nationally ranked high school program Corona del Mar. Her versatility and high volleyball IQ make her a huge asset to our program.

Maggie O’Connell
6-4 • MB • Katy, Texas
Seven Lakes

Before Princeton — earned PrepVolleyball All-American Highest Honorable Mention and Second-Team Academic All-America honors as a senior … named to the Texas all-state team … district MVP … member of the Under Armour All-America Watch List … led Houston Juniors Club To Junior National Championships three times … led Seven Lakes to regional final, the best postseason finish in team history … holds single-season and career records for kills and hitting percentage … named Female Athlete of the Week by the Houston Chronicle … team captain … AP Scholar with Honor and National Merit Commended Scholar … member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars … received the 2016 Certificate of Honor Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, the

2016 Certificate of Outstanding Achievement — AP Calculus BC, and the 2016 Certificate of Outstanding Achievement — AP Literature … University Interscholastic League Scholar Awardrecipient of the Katy Independent School District Student Excellence Award in Social Studies.

Personal — born Feb. 12, 1998 … daughter of Kathy and Joe O’Connell … has two older siblings, Katie and Cormick, and a younger brother Jack … enjoys listening to Korean pop music, as well as writing poetry and short stories … considering studying chemical engineering at Princeton.

Why Did You Choose Princeton? I chose Princeton because education has always been my top priority, so it was a huge honor to be accepted to the No. 1 university in the nation. In addition, the campus is spectacular, and I know I can feel at home with the players and coaches of the Princeton volleyball program. Truly, I know Princeton will provide the perfect balance between volleyball, education, and any other interests I hope to pursue.

King on O’Connell: Maggie is a beast. She is a huge presence at the net offensively and can terminate anything in her wheelhouse. She has as much upside as any middle we have ever recruited. Maggie also fully embodies the spirit and culture we value as a program. She is always giving her maximum effort and looking to improve every time she steps on to the court. 

Devon Peterkin
6-1 • OH/OPP • San Diego, Calif.
La Jolla Country Day

Before Princeton — earned first-team All-CIF San Diego Section and All-Coastal League honors in both 2014 and 2015 … led La Jolla Country Day to a CIF state championship … team MVP … named to the San Diego Section Watch List … competed in multiple USAV Open Division Nationals with Wave VBC … ranked third in CIF/California state history with 526 kills; led CIF section in 2015 … team captain … also played soccer for 11 years … earned Academic All-America honors … first-team All-Academic honoree in San Diego … AP Scholar with Honors … member of the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society … member of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.

Personal — born May 16, 1998 … daughter of Chris and Joanna Peterkin … older sister Kendall Peterkin ’16 was a three-time first-team All-Ivy honoree who led Princeton to the 2015 Ivy League championship … interested in community service, rock climbing and music … interested in focusing in the sciences at Princeton.

Why Did You Choose Princeton? For the academic excellence, unique learning opportunities, and the beautiful campus.

King on Peterkin: Devon is a true six-rotation outside hitter and excels on the floor as much as at the net. She has tremendous potential and gets better every time I see her play. She will develop into a fantastic player as she gets stronger. She conducts herself with quiet confidence and a similar intensity as her older sister, three-time All-Ivy standout Kendall Peterkin ’16. 

Natasha Skov
5-10 • OH • Oakland, Calif.
Head-Royce School

Before Princeton — earned both team and league MVP honors as a sophomore, junior and senior … led Head-Royce School to three undefeated league seasons and four league championships … placed third in California’s North Central Section as a senior; it was the best finish in school history … led club team to Junior Nationals multiple times … selected to the NCVA Regional High Performance team at age 15 … participated in the Pan-American Maccabi Games … captain for both high school and club teams … Coaches Cup Award recipient as top female athlete in the school.

Personal — born March 27, 1998 … daughter of Andy and Narda Skov … has a younger brother Dylan and a younger sister Daniela … part of a philanthropy group called National Charity League … likes to sing and enjoys performing in an a capella duet … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Why Did You Choose Princeton? I chose Princeton for its great academics, competitive volleyball (and other sports), and great sense of community. As a bonus, I get to live on the east coast again after spending the past 10 years in California.

King on Skov: Natasha is a fiery player. She is undersized for a hitter, but her athleticism surprises opponents. We will look to Natasha to add depth to our offense on the pins and to add a vocal and competitive edge to our team. 

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