Everyday Champion - Lexie Rathgeber
Oct. 5, 2009
Senior middle blocker Lexie Rathgeber is one of three Canadians and one of four international students on the Oregon State volleyball team, while also being part of a special group of seniors that make up head coach Taras Liskevych’s first recruiting class. Rathgeber has started nearly since the day she walked into Oregon State, earning Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team Honorable Mention honors during her rookie season. She currently is in nearly every school career blocking record top 10 lists.
But her success doesn’t end on the court. One of a handful of candidates from Oregon State up for a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Rathgeber hopes to continue her education on to the next level, earning her Master’s in Athletics Administration. And she is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honoree.
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How do you balance being a student and an athlete?
I balance being a student and an athlete by time management and knowing my deadlines. I try to get things done before, but in the end, as long as I’m done by the deadlines, I’m happy.
What is your funniest coaches’ story?
I have a lot of funny coaches’ stories, but I would have to say my favorite is when we were in Colorado this year. Their scoreboard had a hole in the middle, raised up above the court. And our coaches spent about 15 minutes of the hour long practice trying to serve a ball up and through the scoreboard. Only Mark found he could never really do it.
Why did you choose to come to Oregon State?
I chose to come to Oregon State because it’s in the northwest. I love the coaching staff and for the opportunity to build a competitive program in the country.
What’s the best thing about playing for Terry and the coaching staff?
The best thing about playing for this coaching staff is how knowledgeable they are on and off the court, as well as their honest care and compassion for every single one of us.
You’re a captain. What kind of leader do you think you are?
As a captain, I would have to say I’m a vocal leader. Sometimes Camilla [Ah-Hoy] and I joke about being good cop and bad cop, and I would definitely be the bad cop. I just like to see my teammates reach their potential every single time.
FInish this sentence, “Without a scholarship through the BASF, I wouldn’t have been able to…”
Without a scholarship through the BASF, I wouldn’t have been able to attend Oregon State because $30,000 for an international student is a little too much.
How long have you played volleyball?
I have played volleyball since I was in grade 6 with full rotations and sideout scoring.
What is your favorite thing about Oregon State?
My favorite thing about Oregon State is the small school feeling in a big school.
Talk about your experiences on the Canadian Youth National Team.
My experiences on the Canadian Youth National Team really made me grow as an individual and player. Leaving my family for six weeks in the summer when I was 14 was really hard, but it paid off getting to play Mexico in Mexico and all over America.
What is the best thing about Corvallis?
The best thing about Corvallis is definitely Riverview Mongolian Grill on First Street because I absolutely love their food and try to go at least once a month.
You’re a Human Development and Family Science major, what do you want to do with your degree?
After I get my undergraduate degree, I plan on going to school to get my Master’s in Athletics Administration.