By BILL ARSENAULT -- The York Daily Record
Sammie Strausbaugh wasn't born to play volleyball -- but it was close.
Strausbaugh is a standout performer with the Jacksonville University women's volleyball team. The sophomore and Dover High School graduate is actually a two-sport start for the Dolphins. She plays sand volleyball in the spring.
"I have been around volleyball ever since I can remember," she said. "My mom coached since I was little, so I was always tagging along to practices and games."
Strausbaugh was 9 when she started playing club volleyball. At Dover, she finished with 1,689 kills, 1,068 digs, 860 assists and 330 service aces. She played four years with the Eagles and earned All-State honors her final two seasons.
Strausbaugh was recruited by a number of colleges but selected Jacksonville because it had the major (exercise science) she wanted. The coaching staff that recruited her left before her first semester.
"I was really lucky to inherit such a talented player as Sammie," coach Michelle Collier said.