Came off the bench as a back row player in 30 of San Diego State's 34 matches, appearing in 100 games...Also served as the back-up setter behind MWC setter of the year Melissa Wright...Playing primarily as a defensive specialist, she averaged 1.47 digs per game...That figure improved to 1.58 dpg in conference matches...Recorded a career-best 11 digs at Colorado State on October 4th...Reached double figures in digs on three occasions, the last time at Utah on Oct. 25...Had three kills in three attempts vs. Air Force in San Diego on Oct. 18...Achieved a career high with four of her 14 aces on the season coming on Nov. 26th at UC Riverside in the final match of the season.
AT PORTLAND (2001 & 2002)
Appeared in all 26 matches (88 games) as a sophomore in 2001, starting 25...Averaged 1.34 kills and 6.52 assists per game...Was an NCAA Leadership Conference nominee...Played in 97 games as freshman in 2000...Tallied 423 assists (4.36 apg), 188 digs (1.94 dpg), and 30 aces (0.31 apg)...Had career highs of 61 assists and 19 digs at San Francisco...Narrowly missed a triple-double against Oregon State with nine kills, 31 assists and nine digs...Runner-up for conference rookie of the year.
At Rancho Bernardo High, earned all-CIF first-team honors, first-team all-San Diego County and all-North County first team honors...Palomar League Player of the Year as a senior...Member of the USA Volleyball Junior National U-17 All-Tournament and the MVP of the U-18 club division a year later...Two-time team captain and Most Valuable Player...Won CIF's Sportsmanship-Citizenship Award in 1999-00...Three-year letterwinner for the swim team, helping it to the CIF Championship in 1997 and a Palomar League title in 1998...Academic honors include San Diego Union-Tribune all-academic team and Rancho Bernardo scholar-athlete award...All-CIF Academic selection both in 1996-97 and 1998-99.
Sara Elizabeth Engstrom was born on Nov. 26, 1982, in San Diego...Daughter of Dave and Nancy Engstrom...Her brother, John, also played college volleyball at San Diego State from 1995-2000 and served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2002 campaign...Played with the Coast Volleyball Club for four seasons (1996-2000), helping the club to a 17-1 record, a second-place finish at the Junior Nationals in 1999 and a first place finish in 2000...Majoring in Liberal Studies.