Countdown to First Serve: Meet Sara Schwarzwalder

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Returning starting middle blocker, Sara Schwarzwalder hails from North Royalton, Ohio, and enters her senior season for the Kentucky Wildcats. 

Schwarzwalder is a three-time All-SEC Academic team honoree and was a member of the 2012 All-SEC Freshman team. As a junior, she played in 32 matches and earned 27 starts. She registered 182 kills on a .337 hitting percentage with 91 blocks, all ranking in the top four on the team. Schwarzwalder earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Oct. 13, 2014 for the first time in her career.

Now it’s time to get to know Sara a little bit better …
 

Quick Facts 

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Parents: Mike and Mari
Siblings: Allie and Amy
Twitter Handle: @BlackForestDiva
Major: Elementary Education  

Things to Know about Sara on the court …

The best part about being a UK student-athlete is  … The fans! #BBN

What I like most about Coach Skinner and the staff … Coach Skinner and the staff are knowledgeable, and have a fun, silly chemistry that I love.

I’m most looking forward to ______ this season: Road trips with my teammates

I chose my jersey number because … Because it rhymes with fine 

My pre-match superstitions: I eat Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids and have to have my nails painted fresh.

My goals this season are ... Making the most of my senior season

What you need to know about Sara off of the court … 

Favorite activities outside of volleyball: reading, art and riding my bike

The best movie I saw this summer … Inside Out


Who has influenced you the most in your career? My sisters, Allie and Amy who played at Ohio State.

My favorite book when I was in Elementary School was … Where the Wild Things Are and Junie B. Jones

My dream job is … Architect

A famous relative of mine is … Cameron Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he's my brother-in-law 



If I didn’t play volleyball, I’d play … gymnastics

The one talent I'd most like to have … super speed

The first concert I ever saw was … *NSYNC



Single-match and season tickets for the 2015 campaign are on sale now. Season tickets begin at $35, and single-game ticket information can be found here. More information on how to buy tickets can be found here or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-CATS.

Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 11-12. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Omaha, Neb., from the Lexington Region. This marks the third time in five seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.

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