All for the Team
Oct. 20, 2004
Win or lose,
En route to reaching the 1,500-kill plateau for her career in an October 9th match versus
"I think it says that I have been most fortunate to have played and trained with many excellent athletes," Schram said about her latest achievement. "Volleyball is the ultimate team sport and for any hitter to reach 1,500 kills means other team members contributed greatly."
While Schram and her teammates have fallen on some tougher times in 2004, Schram has been instrumental in the Spartans' success early in her career. As a freshman in 2001 she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team 3.43 kills-per-game en route to a record of 21-9 and a berth in the NCAA tournament. MSU returned to the NCAAs again in 2002 with Schram notching 23 kills in the first and second rounds of the tournament to get the Spartans to the west regional semifinal. Schram's junior year was capped with First Team All-Big Ten honors, a First Team All-Mideast Region selection and being named American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.
"I've never placed considerable value on individual awards," explained the outside-hitter. "If I have to pick honors to be most proud of, being All-Big Ten and maintaining a 3.6 GPA would be the biggest. I didn't expect the personal recognition I have received. It's very appreciated, especially in light of our conference's excellent reputation."
While Schram has claimed many awards both on and off the court, she is quick to give the credit to those who have supported her throughout her career.
"I have been fortunate to have some influential teammates in my career," added the
Another influence for Schram is her older sister Carrie, who was All-Canada in volleyball at the
All those qualities have been put to use by Schram in her role as the outside force in the Spartan offense. While Schram knows that she can't win without her teammates, she is also aware of the responsibilities that go with being a leader.
"My job as an outside hitter is to get set and terminate," explained the senior. "Rising to the challenge, executing or not is the best and sometimes worst part of playing this position. The ball always seems to find you as an outside hitter and the responsibility to deliver when that happens is always mine."
Schram is double-majoring in Marketing and Anthropology and is also considering trying out for the Canadian National Team in preparation for the 2008 Olympics in
"For four years now, day in and day out, I have been part of a team. We have gone through all the ups and downs that women go through at our age as well as academics, injuries, illnesses and losses. I consider my teammates sisters, and as in family, you stand by each other through thick and thin."