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Mara Schmidt ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Holmen High School
  • Holmen, WI
  • Women's Beach Volleyball
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Mara Schmidt's Women's Beach Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Southern Minnesota Volleyball
Dominant Hand:
Prim. Position:
Split Blocker
Sec. Position:
Approach Jump
9ft 7in
Block Jump
8ft 11in
Standing Reach
7ft 7in

Personal Statement

My drive to succeed has catapulted me in my personal, academic and athletic life. Obstacles in life have presented me with challenges which I have overcome with a positive attitude, drive to succeed and a passion to make a difference in people's lives. All the way through my school career I have excelled academically. Most recently I have enrolled in AP and Honors level classes which bring welcomed challenges. I am looking to play beach volleyball for a college or university that meets both my academic and athletic goals. I have plans to attend college and major in business, but may further my education in the area of contract law.

Whether on the indoor court, beach court or in the classroom, I want my character to speak for itself. First and foremost I want to be a positive role model and teammate. I am an excellent team player who understands that each person on the court plays a particular role, but that playing together as a team is what makes the difference between winning and losing. I am a split hitter/blocker with my beach volleyball game and this carries over into my pin hitter position on my high school and club indoor teams. Communication is key in any game, but especially in beach volleyball and I pride myself in the constant communication I provide to my partner or teammates! I also analyze the game and all angles of play, from reading opposing players to coaches and crowd. This makes me very unique in my approach and outlook to the game of volleyball and somewhat rare in my disposition as well.  

I have learned through training, experience, and my obstacles in life that mental toughness and court smarts is equally as important as the physical aspects of the game.  I am known as a leader,  cheerleader and sometimes "assistant coach" on my indoor team. I have learned my role is not just a player on the court, but a motivator, giver of encouragement,  comforter and key communicator. I can easily sense when my team is down or someone makes a mistake, I make sure to use words of encouragement while focusing on what we need to do to get through the next point. I make it a personal point to have a positive attitude no matter what the situation. I am known for my character trait of positivity.  If mistakes are made I have a knack for encouraging my teammate(s) or myself to pick up and carry on, often craving for more as I hunger a serve to be directed toward me to build me back up.  

I am known for my consistency and all-around play on the court. I am also even-tempered on the court and do not get rattled even when the game is on the line. I have a competitive nature, as my sister and parents would all tell you. From softball, to basketball and board games, I always want to win, but I know that winning is not everything. With losses comes life experiences and learning to become a better person, teammate and athlete.  My goal is to attend a college or university to be a scholar first and athlete second. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #11
  • Team Awards:
    Indoor high school team: fall season moved to alternative spring season 2021, Sectional 3rd Place, Regional Champs, Conference Champs
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #11
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Junior Varsity Team
  • Jersey:
  • Team Awards:
    Regional 3rd Place, Conference Champs, Team manager due to injury

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 7 seasons
  • 2021 Southern Minnesota Volleyball (18-1 Black)
  • Notes: 18-1 Black
  • Season Schedule
  • 2021 Wisconsin Ice (Beach Club 18U)
  • Notes: qualified for BVNE & AVP Nationals 2021
  • 2020 La Crosse Beach Volleyball Club (16U/18U)
  • Notes: AVP America Beach; qualified for nationals & East Coast Championships
  • 2020 VHawk Xtreme Volleyball Club (16 Adidas Red (16-1) )
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 V-Hawk Xtreme (15 Adidas (15-1))
  • Notes: 2nd at Badger Region Championships
  • 2018 V-Hawk Xtreme (14 Adidas (14-1))
  • Notes: 3rd at Asics Junior Nationals, 1st at Badger Region Championships
  • 2017 V-Hawk Xtreme (13 Adidas (13-1))

Coach References

  • Other
  • Wayne Holly
  • Club Coach
  • Taryn Vaughn
  • Other
  • Cecilia Brandon
  • High School Head Coach
  • Sammi Maier
  • Club Coach
  • Dipen Patel
  • Private Coach
  • Jacob Kujak
  • Private Coach
  • Molly Thomas

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • 8 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Softball
  • 5 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Volleyball
  • F
  • 10 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Beach juniors level competition with various doubles partners in summer of 2020; qualified for AVP America East Coast Championships and Nationals; member of AVP and BVNE series



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High School Information

High School:
Holmen High School
(608) 526-3372

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Social Studies Honors English 9/10 AP US History AP Government
AP Classes:
Yes. US History Epidemiology Leadership/Team Building Government
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • High Honor Roll
  • Award
    • Academic Letter
  • Award
    • Scholar Athlete
  • Award
    • National Honor Society
  • Award
    • DECA state 3rd place in sports marketing 2021
  • Award
    • extraordinary volunteer award from Viterbo University spring 2021
  • Activity
    • Honor roll
  • Activity
    • National Honor Society
  • Activity
    • DECA
  • Activity
    • FCA
  • Activity
    • FFA
  • Activity
    • HHS student leadership council
  • Activity
    • church youth volunteer
  • Activity
    • youth sports volunteer with Holmen Park & Rec
  • Activity
    • volunteer caregiver for displaced children due to COVID-19 impacts on essential worker families; 2021 DECA state in Sports Marketing

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Statistic 2020 Varsity Te 2020 VHawk Xtre
Attack Kills 120
Kill Percentage 32.3 .256
Kills/Game 3.8
Blocking Percentage .3
Digs/Game 2.1
Serving Percentage .8
Blocks/Game .5
Aces/Game 1.2


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