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Stanford volleyball player Samantha Wopat dies

Original post made on Mar 26, 2012

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.]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:31 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by John R. Grout, a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

An unimaginable tragedy. My prayers go out to the family and her teammates.


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 Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

What a tragic loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with this young woman's family.


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 overdone, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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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 Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm


RIP and condolences to the family.


Posted by Alphonso, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Mar 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

At some point I hope people can reflect on whatever happened. Life is not always easy and it helps to learn something from the experienes of others.


Posted by iceman4444, a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Read the room. A sweet, young life is lost and it's not our role to judge or dig up dirt.

Allow all those involved to deal with one of the worst tragedies a person can face.

RIP to Sam and thoughts and prayers to all involved. :(


Posted by David, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 27, 2012 at 5:31 am

In the midst of this tragic situation, my heart goes out to Sam Wopat's family, particularly her parents and twin sister.


Posted by Shaila, a resident of Southgate
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.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Terribly sad news. Condolences to her family, friends, and teammates.


Posted by klesb, a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

R.I.P Samantha.

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Posted by sam, a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:41 am

God bless her soul.


Posted by betty blue, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

This is so sad..Such a young kid that had so much to live for.


Posted by betty blue, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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