Ariel’s love for volleyball started at a young age while attending her aunt’s high school volleyball camp every summer. Ariel started playing volleyball in the 6th grade and played competitively throughout her time at Alden-Conger High School. After high school, Ariel attended Grinnell College where she played basketball, but continued to play volleyball recreationally. In 2017, Ariel graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently a middle school studies teacher at KIPP Legacy in Minneapolis. This is Ariel’s first season with Vital.