Stansbury High senior Samantha Bryant is part of the 2019 volleyball recruiting class for Utah State University Eastern, a junior college located in Price.
“USUE felt like the perfect fit for me and it is close to home,” Bryant said of her decision to play at USU Eastern.
Bryant had several offers outside of Utah, but said she loves Golden Eagles coach Danielle Jensen and the program she is developing. Last season, USUE finished with a 17-10 overall record and an 8-2 record in Scenic West Athletic Conference play. They defeated three top-10 teams including eventual NJCAA national champion Southern Idaho.
Bryant has deep roots to USUE and Carbon County. Her mother, Pam Dupin-Bryant, played volleyball and basketball at USUE, then known as the College of Eastern Utah. Samie is proud to note that both her mom and grandmother, Charlene Dupin, were inducted into the USU Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a setter for Stansbury High School, Bryant helped lead her team to the best state tournament finish (eighth) in school history. This year, she led her team in assists (693) and aces (63). She also led her team in digs during the regular season and finished the season with the second-most digs on the team (228).
She was a varsity starter for all four years of high school and was recently named Most Valuable Player for the Stallions. Samie received All-State honors from the Utah Volleyball Coaches Association (Third Team) and was a named a UVCA Senior All-Star. She has also been on the All-Region team for the past three years (First Team twice and Second Team once). In addition, she was named All-County, 2018 Top Fall Athlete and Player of the Week (twice) by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin.