By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Kayte Peters, a two-year mainstay for the College Heights Christian School volleyball team, signed a letter of intent with Mineral Area College on Monday.
Mineral Area College is in Park Hills, Mo., about an hour south of St. Louis, and competes in NJCAA Division I Region XVI.
The 6-foot Peters said that Tim Copeland, the Mineral Area coach, saw her playing this club season with the Springfield Juniors coached by April Condo and Karen Hackmann.
“The visit (to Park Hills) went great,” Peters said. “I liked the coaches and players (with whom she was able to practice). I liked the area.
“I wanted to attend an NJCAA Division I school,” Peters said. “I believe coach Copeland can help me move on to a four-year school.”
Middle hitter Peters, an academic all-stater as a senior, also earned Class 2 all-district honors and was named all-Spring River Valley Conference. Coach Mary Colin’s Cougars finished 20-8-4 overall and shared the SRVC title with Lockwood at 8-1.
Said Colin: “Already Kayte is a solid player. But she has so much room for improvement. She will continue to get better and better. She loves the game. She’s full of passion and enthusiasm. Her power plays drove our momentum.”
Peters, who earned three varsity letters, led the team in blocking as a junior and senior and led in aces as a senior.
Kayte, the daughter of Rachel and Dr. Mark Stewart, of Carthage, is leaning toward the medical field.
Mineral Area finished 19-17 in 2012 in Copeland’s seventh season at the helm. But the 2011 edition finished 35-7, won Region XVI for the first time and was 10th in the NJCAA Division I National Championship.
The name Park Hills perhaps is a bit confusing for older Missouri residents familiar with that area. It was formed in January 1994 with the combination of cities Flat River, Elvis, Esther and the village of Rivermines.
Peters is the second CHC senior to sign for volleyball. Earlier, defensive specialist Kirsty Green opted for Oklahoma Baptist of Shawnee.