Friday, September 28, 2012

Volleyball team names Bushlack an honorary captain

Cardinal Staff

Driven by her strength and determination, Saint Mary’s University’s volleyball team names Sabrina Bushlack an honorary captain.

After being critically injured in a car accident this summer, Bushlack has inspired the volleyball team with her fight to recover.  The team is dedicated to working harder than ever to do their best, not only for themselves, but also for Bushlack, who cannot be on the court with them.

“Sabrina is the hardest working person that I have ever met, both on and off the court,” said senior volleyball player Tara Rasmussen.

Bushlack has been described as being a great friend, classmate, student and someone to look up to. As an athlete, she has a drive and passion for the game of volleyball and is always pushing herself to do her best.

Head Volleyball Coach Mike Lester said, “Bre’s personality and leadership role was apparent when the team took a blind vote and nominated her as a captain, even though she is not physically present on the team.”

Bushlack’s absence has had a large impact on the team. They have been commemorating her this year by taking her jersey with them to every game and placing it on the first seat on the bench.  Also, all of the volleyball players have wristbands for Bushlack that they have on their water bottles or shoes so that she is always with them.

Senior volleyball player Carissa Hahn said, “It means a lot to the team to have Sabrina named as an honorary captain, because it shows that we still think of her and she is still a part of our team and our family.”

The volleyball team is helping to host a 5K Run/Walk called “Strong is the New Beautiful” to benefit Bushlack. It will start at the Toner Student Center and continue through the bluffs of campus on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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