Leg muscles tensed, then propelled middle blocker Sara Oxford up allowing her to execute another perfect kill on her teams behalf.
Oxford, a senior Graphic Design major, began playing volleyball for TWU in 2015. Originally from Decatur, Oxford played volleyball in high school before attending Abilene Christian University and playing volleyball for two seasons. She then made her way to TWU, where her first year she received both the Defensive Player of the Year award and the Newcomer of the Year award.
Oxford said: “I was really excited. It was kind of funny because when I played at ACU I got the freshman of the year award and it was kind of funny to get both of the same awards.”
Although Oxford’s last season of volleyball started off on uneasy footing the Pioneers picked up the pace, allowing Oxford to achieve multiple game highs of 14 kills.
Oxford said: “We started off kind of rough, but I think everybody is kind of getting back into it and we’re picking it up and we’re starting to win and everybody’s starting to get more and more encouraged that we’re playing better and I think it’s starting to be a really good turn-out so far.”
Overall Oxford has high hopes for her last season at TWU and hopes that her and her team will continue to work successfully together.
Oxford said: “For myself, I guess I just really worked on getting better, for me, since this is my last year, I want to make the best of it. The team, I think we had the goal to come out as strong as we can and it didn’t start out so good. We worked our way up to it and we’re trying to recognize the goals as we go.”
This May, when Oxford plans to walk the stage at graduation, she will be looking forward to her future in graphic design. Ideally Oxford said she would like to work as a graphic designer for a sports team and her mother was the person that encouraged her to pursue graphic design as a future career because of Oxford’s attention to detail.
Oxford said: “Hopefully I will find somewhere around here or around my hometown and get a job and try to get started. I’m not really positive about what I’m going to do, I still have a little bit of school left.”