Name: Casey Shannon Bauer
Year in School: Junior
Position: Outside hitter
Crazy Random Fact: Holds the state record for high school kills
in one game in Colorado with 43 at Montezuma Cortez High
composed (com*posed), adj. calm; tranquil; serene
Emotions run high in volleyball as adrenaline fuels big plays,
dissolves crowd noise and obliterates pain. Every muscle tenses in
anticipation of an approaching attacker, a set hanging for a split
second in midair or an ominous jump serve.
For junior outside hitter Casey Bauer, these are the calm before
the storm. Bauer describes herself as a composed player, and has
followed through with strategically placed kills and big plays in
clutch situations all season. As a recent example, Bauer
contributed 12 kills this past weekend to help the Rams easily soar
over Air Force.
Composure ebbs throughout other aspects of Bauer’s life, too.
The Cortez native is a human development major with a focus on
children and after her tenure as a Ram, Bauer aspires to go into
social work – a field where keeping cool is absolutely vital on a
Bauer has refrained from getting a tattoo and doesn’t plan on
“I would get a nose ring if I had to get something, but I think
my parents would be pretty upset,” Bauer said.
Bauer exhibits poise in her literary works of choice as well.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” tops her list of favorite books, a work that
emanates with heartfelt tranquility. Bauer is also a big fan of all
the Harry Potter books.
elevated (ele*vat*ed), adj., 1. raised up, esp. above ground 2.
increased above the
normal level 3. exalted or noble; lofty.
The 6-foot Bauer also describes her playing style as elevated,
but she doesn’t just extend herself to reach for sets above the
net. She also strives to succeed in academics, specifically when it
comes to her favorite class Death, Dying and Grief, taught by
instructor Jen Aberle.
“It is really interesting, although it is kind of depressing
sometimes since we talk about dying all the time,” Bauer said.
When it comes to a few of her favorite things, Bauer has an
elevated opinion of chocolate, Sheryl Crow and a particularly
comfortable, oversized, white sweatshirt she has confiscated.
“It’s my boyfriend’s and I wear it every day. Of course it’s
white, so it is always a mess when I wash it,” she said.
competitive (com*pet*i*tive), adj., having a strong desire to
compete or succeed.
Along with her elevated nature, Bauer also said that she is
competitive on the court and proves it by averaging 2.72 kills per
game. This attribute drives her to thrive when she is not in Moby
Arena, as she can be found at Morgan Library when she has a free
moment to spare.
As Bauer storms over blocks in games and rains kills over
opponents during matches, this student athlete has maintained a
balanced life brimming with accomplishments. Still, she has managed
to keep her composure, maintain elevated academic and on the court
and preserves a competitive edge. As a junior, Bauer will have
another season after this one to further define her talent as a Ram
and give precise meaning to her role on the court.