Volleyball / Rightside Hitter / Senior / Wheaton, Ill.
Major: Public Policy
Sarah Muisenga is a senior rightside hitter for the UChicago volleyball team. Muisenga leads the team in kills (208) this season while hitting .272 and ranking second on the team with 3.17 digs per set. On Tuesday night, she surpassed 1,000 career kills for the No. 8-ranked Maroons.
Head Coach Sharon Dingman: "Sarah is coming off two-straight great weekends and helped lead us to a 3-0 start at UAAs, including a win over No. 8 WashU. Sarah is our leader, our go-to, and our busiest player. She demonstrates leadership in her actions, words, work output and sheer competitive spirit. Sarah has a will to win that has transformed our approach to matches. She believes and elevates her teammates belief to the point where we think we can beat any team we play."
Teammate Anne Marie Stifter: "Sarah is the one of the most integral players for our success both on and off the court. She always is pushing us to play harder and dig deeper. During workouts, she always sets the highest of standards by working out even when she played six rotations for her matches the weekend before. Her leadership is unparalleled. Besides setting a great leadership example, she also rocks at volleyball. She just got her 1,000th kill Tuesday night, and she has already had 1,000 digs. Even though she reached this prestigious milestone, Sarah always remains humble and a great teammate. I know I speak for the team when I say that we are so blessed to play with her. Other teams are scared to play against her, so it's so great to have her on our side!"
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Emma Dyer (Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "No one on our team had a more intense summer of training and Emma seems to be transferring that effort into a great season. We unfortunately could not race Emma in our second meet of the season due to sickness and she has been hungry to get back into competition. This past weekend, Emma was our top runner (the first time in that position at UChicago) in an exceptionally competitive field. I have enjoyed watching Emma compete as she has a great competitive streak in her and loves the challenge of going up against elite athletes. Emma was not at all intimidated about going up against a predominately D1 field this past weekend that had teams from the Big 10, Pac 10, SEC and Big East. She simply put herself into a position where she could have success and competed hard throughout."
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