Jackson's Martin follows siblings to Rio

Jackson High School’s Sarah Martin poses with her
parents and Rio Grande volleyball head coach Billina
Donaldson after signing to continue her career with
the RedStorm. Pictured are, from left to right, (seated)
Pam Martin, Sarah Martin, Jay Martin; (standing)

JACKSON, Ohio – University of Rio Grande volleyball head coach Billina Donaldson has announced the addition of Jackson High School's Sarah Martin to the RedStorm's 2013 roster.

Martin, a 5-foot-11 setter/right side hitter, was a key performer the Ironladies, who are coached by her father, Jay.

Martin tallied 212 kills, 331 assists (4.1 apg) and 221 digs to go along with a .472 hitting percentage. She also had 52 solo blocks, 53 block assists and 37 aces for the Ironladies, who finished 11-13 after a loss to Waverly in Division II district tournament play.

"I'm very excited. It's been a goal of mine to play volleyball at the next level," Martin said.

Martin was a four-year letter winner at Jackson, earning a first team All-Southeast District selection along the way. She was also a two-time All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League honoree, as well as a three-time All-Academic pick.

"Sarah is a nice, tall player who has been playing the game for a really long time," Donaldson said. "She comes from a long line of volleyball players and three of her sisters have played volleyball at Rio. I guess you could say she's a legacy."

Martin will, in fact, join her sister, Kelsey, on next year's RedStorm roster. The opportunity to do so was one of the reasons Sarah decided to follow the same path of her older siblings.

"Playing with Kelsey was one of the deciding factors," she said. "Plus, Rio Grande is a good program with a good coach and its close to home."

Donaldson said that, as far as Martin's potential goes, the sky's the limit.      "Sarah was a setter/outside hitter in high school and we're looking forward to raising her game to the next level," said Donaldson. "She's put some serious time into her agility and her vertical this winter. She's spending the extra time to improve her ability and I see that paying off for Rio. She has the work ethic we need to get to the next level. We want a championship and I think Sarah will help us get there."

Martin, who will work toward a degree that will allow her to teach special needs students, said she vows to work hard toward becoming a better player and obtaining her degree.

"I feel like I've got a pretty good understanding of the game and I think my ability to read the offense and defense of the opposing team is one of my better assets," she said. "I do need to work on my blocking and I also need to become more consistent with both my setting and my hitting."

Martin is the daughter of Jay and Pam Martin of Jackson.