Alisha Skaggs’ versatility as a player made her a valuable member of the Washington High School volleyball program over the last four years.

A four-year varsity volleyball player at WHS, Skaggs recently signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

UMSL is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Skaggs also considered Lewis University and East Central College, but decided to attend UMSL.

“I like the campus and I like that it’s close to home,” Skaggs said. “I know they’re having a good season this year. I really like the coach.”

The UMSL Tritons, coached by Trent Jones, earned an at-large bid for the NCAA Division II Tournament this season for the first time since 1995.

Skaggs hopes to add to the success at UMSL over the next four years.

During her time at Washington, Skaggs, 5-7, was one of the team’s top attackers from the outside. She also was a valuable player on defense and in the serving department.

“Alisha was a four-year varsity player. She brought so many assets to the program, which included her passing, serving, defense and her versatility in the front row as a hitter,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “Alisha was one of our strongest servers and had a few games where she served more than 16 points in a row. She was a primary passer for us all four years.”

During her senior season, Skaggs finished with 296 kills, 322 digs and 42 service aces, all of which led the Lady Jays. That performance earned her first-team all-conference honors in the GAC North. She also was named a first-team all-district player in helping WHS to a runner-up finish.

“Alisha is dynamite as an attacker,” Blankenship said. “She is so athletic and can move herself along the net and hit anywhere.”

Skaggs expects to play more of a defensive role at UMSL.

“I’m probably going to be a DS (defensive specialist),” she said. “The coach did tell me that he’s going to work with me on my hitting.”

Skaggs hopes to improve her overall skills.

“I need to work on being more focused on and off the court,” she said. “I think defense is a strength of mine. I’m a pretty good server and I communicate pretty well.”

Skaggs enjoyed her time in the WHS volleyball program.

“It was awesome,” she said. “All of the coaches were a lot of fun. All of the girls on the team are going to be lifelong friends.”

Skaggs plays club volleyball for the Rockwood Thunder. The season begins in December and runs through June.

Blankenship said Skaggs was a valuable member of the WHS volleyball program.

“Alisha was one of the best athletes on the team. She is a sweetheart of a kid. She was great to work with over the past four years. Her senior year was her best,” Blankenship said. “She deserves to play at a high level because of her ability to do so. I hope the best for her as she makes her mark on UMSL’s volleyball program.”

Alisha plans to major in dental hygiene at UMSL. She is the daughter of Tim and Becki Skaggs.