Cardinal Capsule: Sara Sandrik

Sara Sandrik

Sport: Women's Volleyball
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Events: OH/MB
Hometown: Pelham, Alabama
High School: Pelham High School
Major: Journalism
Stanford Athletics Highlights: 2000 Pac-10 second team All-Academic selection ... Has played in five of six matches this season and is averaging 1.31 digs per game ... For her career, has amassed 684 kills and 269 blocks ... An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection her sophomore season ... Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 1998.

The Stanford volleyball team will be fun to watch this year because:
We have such great energy as a team. Everyone is really competitive, and we simply play well together.

For me to improve as a player I need to:
Continue to develop my mental game as well as my physical side. Over the past few years I have learned so much about the importance of having the right mindset in practice and in matches. Being a smart player and playing with confidence will allow me to transfer all of the things we have worked on in practice to our games.

The thing I like about sports is:
Being on a team and having an outlet for all of my competitiveness. Of course, I also love the fact that sports are just so fun.

If I could add one team to the schedule it would be:
St. John's University...That way I could go to New York (one of the few places I've never been), and play against one of my best friends from Wyoming (Stasha Levi).

The most difficult opposing arena to play in is:
UCLA and UOP have both been pretty tough for different reasons. Yet despite the difficult settings, I still love playing in both places because adversity often allows for the greatest victories.

A friend from another college volleyball team:
Candace McNamee--setter for Cal

Favorite professor:
I really like Prof. Clay Carson--Tara and I took 'African American history: The Modern Black Freedom Struggle' from him, and I am now writing an honors thesis based largely on topics which I learned about in his class. Prof. Dick Gillam is another of my favorites, and I have taken 3 classes with him so far.

Favorite midnight snack:
I can always go for pizza or ice cream.

What makes Maples Pavilion so special:
Other than the bouncy floor, I would have to say it's definitely the fans.

If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Pasta and sandwiches. Luckily my roommate Rachel is an amazing cook!

Favorite T.V. show:
The Practice.

My parents were right when they told me:
'College can be the best years of your life!'

Favorite website:
The Cardinal Athletics website...and also for cute pants with 36' inseam.

I'd like to switch places for a day with:
Faith Hill or a top guy in the FBI.

Favorite non-volleyball activity:

My most prized possessions are:
My photo albums.

If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
Even though I don't actually have it yet, I love the new Alicia Keys CD.

The best advice I ever received was:
Keep things in perspective.

Opponent you would most like to beat:
Penn State

The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:
Jason Young--former Stanford pitcher who is now with the Colorado Rockies organization. For volleyball, it's always been Kerri Walsh.

If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non women's volleyball) it would be:
Mark Madsen.

Favorite actor:
Vince Vaughn or Adam Sandler

Favorite actress:
Julia Roberts

If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
My sister Julie.

Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
A lot more about other cultures--both from classes and talks with classmates and friends.

One moment in history I wish I could have seen:
The March on Washington in 1963. To see that many people come together to fight injustice would have been an amazing thing.

After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:
The outside hitter/middle blocker from the 2001 national championship team who always looked like she was having fun when she played.

Ten years from now I hope to be:
Happy no matter where I am or what I'm doing.

Favorite Foods:
Pizza, Shrimp, Lobster, and pretty much anything chocolate.

Least Favorite Food:
Liver and onions.

Favorite sport other than volleyball:
To play--basketball... To watch--baseball.

If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Buy my dad a boat, my mom a new car, my sister a place in California to live and train her horses, and my brother an all expense paid vacation that would include skydiving. I might get a new car for myself as well, but the rest would have to go into investments/savings. Oh yeah, and I would definitely have to make a nice contribution to Stanford volleyball.

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