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Samantha Slaughter

South Dakota


Slaughter graduated this past spring, carrying a 3.43 GPA in marketing.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a 4.0 GPA.


Slaughter is the ideal role model. She displays respect and inclusiveness with coaches, teammates, and competitors of all backgrounds - all while leading by example.

She has overcome a partially torn labrum in her shoulder that required surgery and returned to the court the following season.


Slaughter is an extremely active participant in the community at South Dakota.

She spends every Monday as a peer mentor for a younger-student athlete on campus. Slaughter, along with her teammates, also volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House of Sioux Falls.

When Slaughter is back home, she also volunteers with the Kairos VB Club’s camps and clinics.

For her involvement, Slaughter was awarded a Tom Osborne Citizenship Award for completing a minimum of six service projects in a calendar year.


Slaughter is a two-time first team Summit League selection, as well as an AVCA All-Region honorable mention.

In her two full seasons at South Dakota, the Coyotes have been extremely successful. They won a Summit League regular season title, tournament title, secured an NCAA Tournament berth, and competed in the NIVC Championship. They have gone 46-10 in that span.

While Slaughter was at Nebraska, the team appeared in two national title matches, winning one.