OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs High School has one of the top high school volleyball programs in the state. On Wednesday two Lady Greyhound players inked scholarships. Blake Mohler signed with Purdue and Elizabeth Hurring will be heading down I-10 to New Orleans, inking a volleyball scholarship with Tulane University.
Mohler, a 6-2 middle blocker, was recently named to the Under Armour High School All-America second team and is Prep Volleyball's No. 17 Senior Ace. She also excels in academics.
This past season, Mohler averaged 4.9 kills per set while hitting at a .453 clip, added 1.2 blocks per set and dished up 91 aces. Blake set school records in kills (580) and solo blocks (100).
She chose Purdue for a number of reasons.
"I love the coaching staff and the girls on the Purdue team, "stated Mohler. "They are like a family and the school has great academics. The city of West Lafayette, Indiana reminds me of Ocean Springs and that was another factor in choosing Purdue."
Purdue has built a winning reputation as one of the top volleyball schools in the nation and that reputation attracts many of the top high school volleyball players from across the United States.
Mohler was one of two high school All-Americans who signed letters of intent to play at Purdue on Wednesday. Alex Smith, a 6-1 outside hitter from Monument, Colorado, was listed at No. 7 on Prep Volleyball's list of Senior Aces and was a first team Under Armour High School All-America honoree.
Elizabeth Hurring decided to continue her volleyball career at Tulane University. Like Mohler, Hurring is an honor student and chose Tulane based on high academics and a chance to be part of a program looking to make strides on the volleyball court.
"Academics is important to me and that's a big reason why I decided to sign with Tulane, "stated Hurring.
Purdue head coach Dave Shondell said,"Blake is a very powerful player who hits the ball a ton and I think she has the ability to be one of the very best we have had here at Purdue. She is a middle that also has the ability to play on the outside pins. It will be fun to watch her develop, because she is somebody that I think is just going to blow up when she comes to Purdue. She is somebody that is going to be a lot of fun to have in our gym and we are certainly looking forward to having Blake here in the fall."
Prep Volleyball's John Tawa said Mohler is one of the most physical athletes in this class.
"A great find along the bayou of Mississippi, Mohler is a natural leader and a driven athlete who also excels on the hardwood. As a volleyballer, she possesses the unique ability to elevate well off one or two feet. A late starter in the sport, her two biggest strengths are probably her powerful arm and dynamic speed off the floor. Capable of playing in the middle or on the right side, Mohler has a huge upside that Purdue University hopes to exploit."
Blake Mohler could have pursued a college basketball career. She's highly talented and is a mainstay on the Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds basketball team.