Posted On: 05/26/20 10:00 AM

With Omaha’s outside hitters covered in two separate features on Douglas and Sarpy Counties, I figured I’d cover some great players at other positions. Today, it’s the defensive specialists.

This feature covers some of the best defensive specialists throughout the Omaha Metro. These backcourt ballers are the foundations to their respective teams, with their rock-solid passing and relentless defense. Thus, they deserve the recognition and credit that might otherwise be attributed to those who play more “glamorous” positions. Make no mistake: these athletes represent the true essence of volleyball.


Samantha RiggsSamanthaRiggs5'4" | LPapillion-LaVista | 2022StateNE - 5’7 L - Papillion-LaVista - Premier 16 Black- Class of 2022

It’s hard to miss Riggs when she’s on the court. Her impact on any match is undeniable. She racked up 370 digs in 2019 for Papillion-LaVista on 3.7 digs per set. Riggs is so fluid and controlled when she dives for a ball, allowing her to extend her reach far beyond her five-foot-seven frame. Her transition digging is extremely precise, which is an invaluable asset to any offense. Riggs is a player whose stock will continue to rise as she enters the latter half of her

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