Stanford mourns death of 19-year-old volleyball player 

click to enlarge Samantha Wopat of the Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team is shown in this file photo during warmups for the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Wopat died Sunday after being taken to the hospital March 17. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Samantha Wopat of the Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team is shown in this file photo during warmups for the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Wopat died Sunday after being taken to the hospital March 17.

The Stanford athletics community is in mourning as one of its own died Sunday.

Sophomore volleyball player Samantha Wopat died at Stanford Medical Center after being taken there following an undisclosed medical emergency at her Stanford residence on on March 17, school officials announced Monday. She remained in the intensive care unit until her death.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Wopat,” Stanford athletics director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “She was an integral member of the Stanford athletics family and a tremendous student and athlete. On behalf of our administration, coaches and students I extend my condolences to Sam’s siblings, parents, relatives and friends.Stanford University and the women’s volleyball program have lost a wonderful young woman.”

Wopat, 19, joined the Stanford volleyball team with her twin sister, Carly, in 2010 and was very efficient in her time on the court.

The Santa Barbara-born Wopat made 25 appearances this past season and averaged 1.16 kills per set. In her freshman year, she played in 11 sets and complied a .571 hit percentage.

Her best match came against Duke on Sept. 3 when she picked up six kills and two digs.

She came to Stanford following a stellar career at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, where she lettered in volleyball, track and field, and basketball.

She was also a member of the 2010 U.S. women’s junior national team and competed in the world Cchampionships in 2009 with the U.S. youth national team.

She is survived by her parents, Ron and Kathy, her sister and two younger brothers, Jackson and Eli.

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