Samantha Wopat: Stanford volleyball player tragically dies

At the age of 19

WRITTEN BY: Billy Gardner
Samantha Wopat: member of Stanford volleyball team
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Samantha Wopat: member of Stanford volleyball team

The Stanford campus is stunned to learn of the death of 19-year-old Samantha Wopat. The Stanford volleyball player and former U.S. Women’s Junior Team member died at Stanford Hospital on Sunday, eight days after being taken there for a medical emergency. She was placed in  intensive-care where she remained until her death. EPSN reported that she was surrounded by family, friends and teammates. The cause of death has not been disclosed to the public.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Wopat,” Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said. “She was an integral member of the Stanford athletics family and a tremendous student and athlete.” He also later added, “Stanford University and the women’s volleyball program have lost a wonderful young woman,”

Samantha Wopat and her twin sister Carly joined the Stanford volleyball team in 2010. During Samantha’s sophomore season, Stanford's website reported that the young athlete appeared in 25 sets and averaged 1.16 kills per set.

Prior to joining the Stanford volleyball team, Wopat played on the U.S. junior national team. A year after later that team would compete at the world championships in Thailand.

Samantha Wopat is survived by her parents Ron and Kathy Wopat, her twin sister Carly and her younger brothers Jackson and Eli.
 

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