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The Last Page By Darren Miller A native Texan, Bethany Yeager jokes that citizens of her home state tend to live in their own world. For the past four years, Yeager, a member of the Hawkeye volleyball team, has shared her world at the University of Iowa. Her journey as a Hawkeye has included growth on and off the volleyball court. She has been challenged and learned to accept challenges. "Every day my coaches push, encourage and support me in life, school, and volleyball," Yeager said. Yeager was the student-athlete guest speaker at the University of Iowa's athletics all-staff meeting, Oct. 16, Yeager cherishes the opportunity to be a student-athin the Feller Club Room inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. lete at the University of Iowa and the lessons she has gained along the way. "I was asked how I have grown the most and I would "I have learned to appreciate the opportunities that say learning to accept challenges and take them all in I have been given every day and understand that so full force and work as hard as I can in every aspect of my life," Yeager said. "Hard work will bring you success many people would love to be in the position I have been given at Iowa," Yeager said. "I am thankful that I no matter what it is that you are doing." had the opportunity to play volleyball and be an athlete and a student at Iowa." Yeager is a senior defensive specialist from Brenham, Texas. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and has led the Hawkeyes in digs all four seasons with After graduation, Yeager intends to move back to Texas where she will marry in the summer. the program. She collected 462 digs in 2010, 527 in 2011, and 533 in 2012. Yeager currently has 359 in 86 "I will be getting a job in the health and fitness, nutrisets. tion area and coaching," she said. "I probably won't shy away from volleyball because I love this sport too Iowa began recruiting Yeager when she was a sophomuch." more at Brenham High School. "Being from Texas I was like, 'Where is Iowa?'" Yeager said. "It's true that Texans kind of live in their own world and don't really know where other states are." There was something else Yeager discovered during her years in Iowa. "Last, but not least, I have learned that there is a seaShe visited Iowa City during Thanksgiving break of her son called winter," Yeager said with a laugh. "I have to prepare for that every year." junior year. "Despite the cold weather, I loved the campus, staff, team, and coaches," Yeager said. "I knew this is where God wanted me to be." 57

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