• Camryn Perone

Senior Sami Rubal ‘aces’ her goals

Senior captain Sami Rubal has been anything but an ordinary athlete throughout her dedication to her volleyball career. Her hard work and determination have shone through in her many victories, on and off the court.

To Rubal’s excitement, she has received scholarship offers from Lipscomb University, Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University. Ultimately, Rubal chose to further her career at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating early to become a Bison.

“I start my classes [at Lipscomb] Jan. 9, 2017. I chose Lipscomb because of its competitive volleyball program, and the fact that it’s a small school in a safe area,” Rubal said.

The recruiting process for college volleyball wasn’t easy. Rubal started her process at the beginning of her freshman year, but was only able to communicate through her parents’ and her coaches’ emails to college scouts.

“The recruiting process for volleyball is early and overwhelming for sure. It was weird making decisions like that when you’re 13 and 14 years old,” Rubal said.

She was allowed to talk directly to college coaches Sept. 1 of her junior year. Getting an offer so early in high school was exciting but nerve-wracking for her and her family.

“We were excited that she found a great t with the girls currently in the program [at Lipscomb] and a great coaching staff, as well as a strong volleyball program in an exciting city like Nashville. But with committing so early, came great anxiety because we just hoped that things wouldn’t change too much before she got there,” Rubal’s dad, Joel Rubal, said.

Along with making her dream of playing college volleyball come true, Sami also reached a personal goal by earning the honor of OCC 2016 player of the year. This award normally goes to the top player of the best team, so without a winning team, it would’ve been harder to be considered for the award. The team became District champs, with a victory over Watterson on Oct. 29.

“We were so happy for Sami [when she won the award] and her teammates too. She can’t show her talents without her team; without great passes and sets, she can’t do her part,” Joel Rubal, said.

Even though the commitment of volleyball has been intense, Rubal’s family has always been there to support her through all she has done.

“She played on one of the top teams in the country for her age group [in club volleyball]. Playing at that level is a big commitment of time, energy and money that impacts the whole family,” Joel Rubal said.

Even with these great accomplishments, Rubal’s personal accolades have never been her main priority throughout her career. She always has been a big team player on and off the court, through school and

club volleyball.

“It’s never been just about my accomplishments and they’re nowhere near as important as the team and our goals,” Rubal said.

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