Nov 092004
Authors: Laura Epple

Vital Stats:

Name: Rebecca Leanne Sarauer

Year: Senior

Position: Outside Hitter

Most likely student-athlete to end up on “Canadian Idol” in the

future: Becky Sarauer

“Oh Canada! Our home and native land!”

With true conviction, senior outside hitter Becky Sarauer belted

out these words in tribute to fellow Canadian teammate Allison

Peckham at the conclusion of the CSU women’s volleyball 2001


“I love singing,” Sarauer said of the incident.

She also holds a fondness for a certain sport involving a round

white ball, which she used to smash her way to a 2003 Mountain West

Conference All-Tournament Team selection last year. She danced her

way to among the top in the MWC in kills per game and led the team

with 3.76.

Sarauer also holds the distinction of knocking down 76 kills in

seven matches during NCAA tournament games, proving that she can

come up big in clutch situations. She is ranked third among past

and present Rams in solo blocks during NCAA tournament play and

eighth in total blocks.

Prior to her arrival at CSU, Sarauer was a standout on the

Canadian Junior National Volleyball team and was designated female

student-athlete of the year in both 2000 and 2001. She also played

in the Canada Summer Games in 2001 as a member of the Saskatchewan

Junior Volleyball team.

Sarauer is a native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, a

small rural town known best for its forestry.

“I miss my small hometown,” Sarauer said. “You know everyone and

you go down the street and wave to them. Everyone is friends up


Given this rural upbringing, wide-open spaces draw Sarauer

almost as magnetically as she is drawn to a perfect set. She likes

hanging out in the mountains in her spare time.

“It is so serene and relaxing and we don’t always get a chance

to just relax,” Sarauer said. “When you get up there, all your

thoughts and worries go away.”

However, when tranquility doesn’t quite fit the mood, you will

find Sarauer on the dance floor.

“I love dancing – obviously. I’m a dance machine,” Sarauer said

of her favorite past time.

Sarauer can be found busting a move in dress shoes, her favorite

article of clothing. She revels in finding a pair that can fit on

her size 11-and-a-half (in men’s) foot.

“Any shoes that I have I kind of treasure,” Sarauer said.

In other fashion news, Sarauer used to have her eyebrow pierced

and had plans for a tribal maple leaf tattoo, but “kind of got over

that phase.”

Sarauer’s dancing addiction infiltrates her taste in movies as

well with “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing” topping her list of favorite


When it comes to music, small-town influence dictates Sarauer’s

preference. She is especially partial to Kenny Rogers’ “The

Gambler” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” She sometimes strays from her

roots a little bit, though, with her verve for hip-hop.

Academically, this self-described “competitive, emotional and

dynamic” player is crazy for all of her education classes.

“I am in love with the profession,” Sarauer said. “I think it is

one of my passions and every time I am done with an education class

I get more excited.”

Sarauer said that she also loves all of her education


“(They) are so fun. They really know how to teach, and it’s not

always at a university level,” Sarauer said. “They treat you like a

high school or junior high kid because that’s what you are going to

be teaching, and that’s fun.”

After volleyball and graduation, Sarauer isn’t really sure which

grade she is going to teach, but her vivid enthusiasm lies in

education and coaching. She also plans to move back to Canada,

where she won’t be the only one singing “O Canada” in gymnasiums

packed with fans.

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