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Katie Vroman gets redemption in SOU opener

On a hazy night in the summer of 2021, Katie Vroman finally got redemption.

Posted: Aug 20, 2021 12:29 AM

ASHLAND, Ore--- On the first day of camp heading into the 2019 volleyball season, the unimaginable happened to SOU outside hitter Katie Vroman. Vroman suffered a torn ACL that would require surgery and sideline her for the entire season. 

After grueling rehab and work, Vroman looked poised to return to the Raiders for the 2020 season. The only problem with that was the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic was to halt any plan of play. 

When the spring season in 2021 rolled around, the Southern Oregon program was not ready to take the risk. Vroman and the Raiders opted to sit out. 

On a hazy night in the summer of 2021, Vroman finally got redemption. 

"Honestly, it was great. I was not as nervous as I thought I was going to be. I just... my goal tonight was to have fun. That was the reason I think I personally did well but I think we all had fun together and that helped all of us," said Vroman following a 3-0 win over Simpson. 

For SOU, it was the first match and victory in 20 months. For Vroman, it was the end of the difficult journey and the start of her playing career at SOU. 

"She is a light. You know, she's a light," said SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing just a week before SOU's opening night. "She walks in the gym and you know she's in the gym. That is just the nature of who she is. Every day that she had a torn ACL and she was here, we got to watch her do her work and put it out every day."

Vroman stepped onto the floor for the first time in the second set. She would quickly be rotated out after only a couple possessions. However, she would come back in just moments later. That is when she pounced. 

Vroman saw a set high above the left side of the net. She leaped and made strong contact. The contact would be strong enough that an SU dig wouldn't be possible. Vroman registered her first kill as a Raider. 

She may have had the biggest smile you could find in the gym, but her team was immediately beside her with screams of congratulations. 

Vroman would finish with six kills while hitting .455. Statistically, Vroman was the second-best hitter for the Raiders on opening night. 

For Vroman though, the night meant a lot more than what was on paper. 

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