Senior Stefani Saragosa Leaves Volleyball Team

Sept. 10, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz.- Citing a string of injuries over the past three years senior Stefani Saragosa has left the Arizona volleyball team, head coach David Rubio announced today. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker has been an instrumental part in the success of the program over the last three seasons, helping the Wildcats advance to three Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and last season's Final Four.

'Physically its been one thing after another,' said Saragosa. 'It has been frustrating the past couple of years (due to injury) and my family and I just think it is best that I am physically and mentally fit for life outside of volleyball. I want to wish my teammates the best of luck this season and for them to know that I love them.'

Saragosa wraps up her three-year career with Arizona second on the hitting percentage list at .342 and tied for sixth in block assists with 271. She played in 95 matches during her career, making 38 starts, but was only able to play a limited role for the Wildcats this season due to injury.

'Stefani has meant a great deal to this program,' said Rubio. 'She's been a warrior on the court and her intensity and fire will be missed. The coaching staff and I wish the only best for her.'

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