Seyller Granted Medical Exemption for Shoulder Injury
Aug. 5, 2010
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State volleyball player Katie Seyller has been granted an NCAA medical exemption scholarship for the 2010 season. Seyller, who was set to play her senior year in 2010, struggled with shoulder injuries over the last two seasons. The medical issues have reached a point that she cannot continue playing and has ended her collegiate career.
Seyller appeared in 65 matches and 202 sets in her three years of competition at Illinois State. She recorded 329 kills, ranking 50th in Illinois State history, and 175 blocks, which is tied for 27th. She also registered 131 digs, 46 service aces and 486.0 points.
"This has truly been one of the hardest decisions of my life," Seyller said. "My shoulder is preventing me from continuing to play volleyball at Illinois State. Instead, I'm focusing on the long-term rehabilitation of my shoulder and looking forward to what the future brings. I want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, faculty, friends, and fans at ISU for their unwavering support. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play at ISU and I will continue to be a Redbird for the rest of my life."
The Bloomington, Ill., native was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team in 2006, recording career-highs of 182 kills and 100 blocks in 88 sets. She followed that with 109 kills and 46 blocks in 77 sets as a sophomore. She recorded a career-best 13 kills in a match in each of those seasons.
"The last two years have been very difficult for Katie with her shoulder injury, including three surgeries in 2008," said ISU head coach Melissa Myers. "She has shown great determination and strength in her efforts to return to the court, putting countless hours and energy into her rehabilitation. Katie means a great deal to this program and we will miss her presence on the court, as well as her experience. We recognize and appreciate her successes and efforts throughout her career."
Seyller missed the entire 2008 season with a shoulder injury and was limited to only 13 matches and 37 sets in 2009.
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