Sarah Faubel was born and raised into a Christian family, in Lincoln, Neb. She has allowed her faith to be her guide through life on and off the volleyball court.
“Faith has been important to my family and me for a really long time,” Faubel said. “It is what drives our life.”
Faubel began developing a love for volleyball in the second grade. As she progressed through different levels of the sport, Faubel became drawn toward the team chemistry and overall exciting atmosphere of volleyball. The experience that she gained while playing at a young age quickly made her a standout player once she entered high school.
In four years as a varsity letter winner for the Lincoln Southwest Silver Hawks, Faubel received many accolades including, All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention, as well as Second Team All-State. Faubel has also left a mark on her alma mater by becoming second in school history in kills and serve receive percentage. Although she accomplished many athletic achievements, Faubel has always been led by her faith.
“My faith involves grace over performance,” Faubel said. “It can make the game seem a little more lighthearted.”
After high school, Faubel brought her faith-driven style of play to Missouri Western where she quickly became an asset to the team, according to head coach Marian Carbin.
“She is the ultimate team player,” Carbin said. “She is a constant encourager and she has a positive attitude when it comes to the game.”
In 2011, as a freshman, Faubel appeared in 31 matches and finished second on the team in set-assists and led the team in receipt-assists.
During Faubel’s sophomore year she led the team in digs, while appearing in 31 matches. She also made an impact with her academics by receiving the MIAA Academic Excellence Award and was named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
In 2013, Faubel had completed her best year as a Griffon, compiling 527 digs. That number marks just the second time since 1983 that a Griffon had over 500 digs in a season.
The 2014 season has already become Faubel’s most prestigious season, as she found her place in Missouri Western history during the Griffon’s match against the Southwest Baptist Bearcats. During the game, Faubel recorded 11 digs, which was enough to break the all-time digs record originally set by Sarah Ekdahl during her time as a Griffon athlete form 1997-2000.
“I was in disbelief,” Faubel said. “I felt humble about the whole experience and just being there with all my teammates is something I will never forget.”
The team’s reaction to the broken record shows the respect they have for Faubel, according to Carbin.
“Everyone was super proud of her and I think that goes back to how the team respects the way she plays and lives her life,” Carbin said.
Faubel will continue to contribute to the team’s success as the Griffons build upon their 14-4 record.
Western progresses through MIAA play with an away game against the Emporia State Hornets on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.