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Robin Rostratter

School

California

Position
Libero
Major
Spanish and Media Studies

Classroom

Rostratter is on track to graduate with degrees in media studies and Spanish. With a cumulative GPA of 3.905 at the No. 1 public institution in the country, Rostratter has won back-to-back Golden Bear awards for having the highest GPA on her volleyball team. In 2010, Rostratter received the NCAA Elite 88 Volleyball Award, which recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships, after carrying a 3.81 GPA into Kansas City. Last year as a junior, Rostratter earned placement on the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team and the Capital One Academic District 8 First Team. In 2010, her gray matter prowess landed her on the Pac-10 All-Academic second team.

Character

After walking onto the team as a freshman, Rostratter earned a full scholarship and has grown into a starting role on the court and a leadership position amongst her peers. Both at Cal and in high school, Rostratter suffered concussions but overcame all of them. She was the first student-athlete in the history of NCAA Division I volleyball to have a protective helmet approved, and it’s become a part of her practice and gameday gear. Rostratter and her helmet have become role models for volleyball players across the country.

Community

A devoted member of the Cal Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 2010, Rostratter has played an integral role in multiple community service projects. She has led community outreach programs to spread awareness and increase attendance to such events as Jog for Jill (lung cancer 5K), led fundraising and participation for Swim With Mike (scholarship fund for physically challenged athletes). She’s also served as a coach at Special Olympics athletic skills clinics and with the Cal Corps to help underprivileged children. Additionally, she’s passed out food to the homeless, volunteered at College Sports Day to teach youth about excise, helped plan Relay for Life and acquired donations for BEARFoot for Bare Feet. She helped pioneer Cal’s first-ever award show in 2011 and then helped again in 2012. In the spring of 2012, Rostratter was selected to represent Cal at the NCAA Apple Conference which allows student-athletes collaborate with their peers across the country on spreading awareness of student athlete health, wellness and substance abuse prevention.

Competition

As a junior, Rostratter was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after she averaged an incredible 5.10 digs per set and was second on the team with 0.62 assists per set. Her 571 digs in 2011 placed her first on the Cal all-time single-season list. She was also recognized as the Sept. 19 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. In 2010 as the starting defensive specialist sophomore on the NCAA championship runner-up team, Rostratter led the team in services aces (0.25 saps) and ranked eighth in the Pac-10 Conference. Playing in all 118 sets, Rostratter was fifth in the Pac-10 with 4.19 digs per set. After walking onto the team as a freshman in 2009, she appeared in 23 matches and 82 sets.