Sarah Hamsher '97
Orrville, Ohio, native Sarah Hamsher helped lead the Grove City College volleyball team to 105 victories, two conference titles and three postseason berths from 1993 to 1996. Hamsher graduated as Grove City's career leader with 1,178 kills and remains the program's all-time leader with 2,150 career digs.
As a freshman in 1993, Hamsher helped Grove City capture its sixth all-time Presidents' Athletic Conference title. The next season, she earned Second Team all-conference as Grove City went 29-13 and won the program's first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference title.
Hamsher emerged on the national scene as a junior as she ranked second in NCAA Division III with a school-record 744 digs. Hamsher also posted a Grove City-record 440 kills during the 1995 season. She earned All-Great Lakes Region recognition from the region's head coaches and also merited First Team All-PAC honors.
Grove City reclaimed the PAC title that year by going 8-0 in league play under head coach Susan Roberts. The Wolverines also defended their ECAC Tournament title and finished 34-10 overall. Grove City ranked third in Division III with 3,052 digs that fall.
Hamsher earned PAC Most Valuable Player honors following the 1996 season. She ranked third in the nation with 596 digs, helping Grove City lead the nation with 2,585 digs as a team. Grove City made its third straight appearance in the ECAC Championship Tournament and advanced to the semifinals.
The College honored her as its co-Sportswoman of the Year for the 1996-97 academic year. Additionally, she earned Grove City “Scholar Athlete” recognition in each of her four seasons.
Hamsher graduated from Grove City in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in elementary
education. She earned her master's degree from Malone
University in 2007 and then completed her doctorate at the University of Akron in 2011. Hamsher now works as an assistant professor of
education at Malone University.