Stanford volleyball player Samantha Wopat dies Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:19 am
Stanford sophomore women's volleyball player Samantha Wopat, 19, died Sunday following a week-long battle after a medical emergency in her Stanford residence, the university announced Monday. [Web Link Read the full story on PASportsOnline.com.]
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Posted by randy albin, a resident of Mountain View, on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:34 am
what a shame. stanford volleyball teams through the years have been outstanding. coach don shaw and the odom sisters were on really good teams. i have certainly been a volleyball season ticket holder through the years. best wishes go out to these athletes and may those who have passed away be remembered well
Posted by Concern, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm
This is a very sad event and my sympathies to the family and friends of this young woman.
I wonder if this medical emergency had anything to do with the fact that she was a top athlete. There was recently a very serious incident in Britain with a top soccer player aged 23 collapsing on the field during a game with a heart attack. Web Link Are young athletes being given enough medical support while they drive their bodies so hard to keep them ahead in their chosen sport?
Posted by Member of the Stanford community., a resident of Stanford, on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm
[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] [P]lease don't second guess her training or other things that may or may not have had any influence. Allow the family and her team and her friends to grieve without judgment here.
Posted by Shaila, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:27 am
Our hearts go out to Samantha's family. Even though we never met Samantha, we feel a special connection because one year ago, on St Patrick's Day, our 24-year-old daughter, Priya, was hospitalized and died a week later on March 25th. Life is so unpredictable and unfair. We hope that, in time, the happy memories of your beloved daughter will outshine the grief and sorrow that overwhelm you now.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Mar 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm
I, too, am so sorry for Sam & her loved ones. Shaila, I am very sorry for your loss, as well. It's always a shock to learn a young person has died. The sudden lack of their vitality is unnatural & heartbreaking. I wish I had something wise to say, but I don't. My best wishes to her family & friends - so many of us have been in your shoes, so we understand.