Columbia Volleyball BIO
Ara Peterson
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Ara Peterson 2258044
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'1"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.
High School: Sacred Heart Prep
Major: Industrial Engineering

2016: Played in 14 of 24 matches, making eight starts, and appeared in 39 sets … Hit .324 on the season and averaged 1.31 kills per set … Totaled 31 blocks to average 0.79 blocks per set and recorded 10 multi-block matches … Had seven kills on eight swings (.875) and came up with a career-high six total blocks in a three-set sweep over Hartford (Sept. 17) … Hit .619 with a career-high 15 kills to lead the Lions back from two sets down to defeat Cornell (Sept. 24), also finishing the match with a career-high 16.5 points … Named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 26) … Recorded her first and only ace of the season in a four-set victory at Dartmouth (Oct. 15) … Came up with a career-high five digs to help the Lions to a program-record-tying ninth Ivy League victory, beating Penn on the road in five (Nov. 11).

2015: Played in 14 matches, starting in a pair ... Averaged 1.30 kills per set with an attacking percentage of .218 ... Set a season-high with five blocks against American (Sept. 12) ... Finished with six kills, a service ace, three digs and a pair of blocks in her first collegiate start against Northeastern (Sept. 11). 

Before Columbia: A 2015 graduate of Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, California … Specialized as a middle hitter and opposite hitter for the Gators … Also spent time playing for the Redrock Volleyball Club … Did not play volleyball until high school, as she grew up playing soccer, gymnastics and dancing …  Daughter of Jim and Teling Peterson.

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