Name: Rebecca Leanne Sarauer
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
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
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.