Sara Henrichs
Sara Henrichs
Sara Henrichs Durham becomes the second member of the volleyball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Michelle Graham Boehringer, Class of 2002. Durham has left her mark on the volleyball program, but she also left a strong impression as a student-athlete within the athletic department. She was a member of the volleyball team for three seasons from 1996-98. In just three years, she set the all-time kills and attacks records at the time. Though those two marks have been surpassed, she still ranks second all-time with 1,367 kills and 2,969 attacks. She also ranks fourth all-time with 923 digs. Durham's name also appears on the single-season record books. Her 518 kill total in 1998 is the third-highest single-season effort in school history. She also ranks third all-time with 1,134 attacks in 1998 and 4.317 kills per game, also set in the 1998 season. Durham was the model of consistency throughout her three-year career at the University, leading the team in kills, hitting percentage, and blocks all three years. She also led the team in service aces in 1996. She earned Team Most Valuable Player honors all three years as well. While Durham made a name for herself at then-USC Spartanburg and in the Peach Belt Conference, she also earned national recognition. She ranked sixth nationally in blocks in 1997 while leading the Peach Belt with 174 total blocks. She finished the 1997 campaign ranked 14th in the country in kills. In 1998, she ranked ninth nationally in hitting percentage and 27th in kills. Durham was a three-time selection to the Peach Belt All-Conference Team and earned several Peach Belt Player of the Week honors in her three years, including a record three straight weeks during the 1998 season. Durham's achievements, though, go beyond the volleyball court. She was an outstanding student and was a three-time selection to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. A two-time Chancellor's List honoree, she finished her college career with a 3.67 grade point average. In addition to playing volleyball in college, she played oversees in Holland with U.S. Athletes International. In 1999, Durham was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year honors and was chosen as South Carolina's NCAA Woman of the Year, representing the state on the national ballot. The competition for Woman of the Year honors encompasses all divisions of the NCAA, meaning Durham was chosen over all other student-athletes at colleges and universities throughout the state, regardless of NCAA Division I, II, or III standing. Currently, Durham lives in Indianapolis, IN, with her husband, Chris, and son Landon. Chris and Sara met while at USC Upstate and married in 2000. She is a heath fitness center manager with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. She volunteers for several NCAA events, including the Woman of the Year program, the Big Ten Tournament for basketball, and this year's Women's Final Four. She has stayed involved with volleyball through coaching club ball and a local high school freshmen team, as well as refereeing.
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