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Athlete Profile: Kasey LaMothe

Junior Kasey LaMothe herniated two discs in her lower back and tore her psoas muscle, but has now returned to the volleyball court. (credit: Courtesy of Kasey LaMothe) Junior Kasey LaMothe herniated two discs in her lower back and tore her psoas muscle, but has now returned to the volleyball court. (credit: Courtesy of Kasey LaMothe)

Even after herniating two discs in her lower back and tearing her psoas muscle, junior Kasey LaMothe returned to the volleyball court. “It is extremely hard coming back from an injury. Besides the mental issues, it is hard to get your body back in shape after being out for so long,” LaMothe said.

“She is hard-working and faces obstacles that are put in front of her with poise and dedication,” said sophomore teammate Amy Friedman.

Volleyball is a fall sport and LaMothe is already looking ahead to her next season, which will bring her to her twelfth season of playing.

“I am hoping to continue to better my skills even though it is my last season. I don’t want to get lazy and I want to really enjoy the sport. I have high hopes that the team will come out on top in the UAA and even make the NCAA tournament,” LaMothe said.

LaMothe feels that team camaraderie really helps them work toward their goals. “My proudest moment was when we came back and won a game against a very tough team. We had to fight hard and everyone was so involved in the game. It was a really exciting game,” LaMothe exclaimed.

During the off-season, the volleyball team continues to lift and train regularly. One of LaMothe’s funniest moments happened during preseason. “During preseason, we get some time for aquatic practices. Coach [Kim Kelly] allows us to do water aerobics, which is hilarious to participate in and watch,” LaMothe said.

LaMothe enjoys her time on the volleyball team. “The best thing about being on the volleyball team is the actual team. I know that I can rely on any of the girls at any time,” LaMothe said.

“Kasey is a hard-working and talented player, and without her my freshman year would not have been as fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better passing partner, bus partner, working out partner, and best friend on the team,” said first-year teammate Jessica Uphoff.

LaMothe is currently majoring in biological sciences with a minor in biomedical engineering. In the future, she is looking into a career in the biomedical engineering field