Danielle Rygelski: A journey through Saint Louis volleyball

Release: 12/13/2016
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

The following is an excerpt of a story written by Saint Louis Volleyball student-athlete Danielle Rygelski that appeared online on A link to the full story follows the excerpt.

By Danielle Rygelski

In 2008, when I was 13 years old I told my parents I wanted to play volleyball in college.

Jokingly, my father looked at me and said, “If you get a full scholarship to college for volleyball, I’ll buy you a Corvette when you graduate.”

Fast forward to 2016, and I think my dad is regretting that promise.

My journey through volleyball has not been “typical.” 

My dad had to drag me to tryouts at 10 years old, and when I made the team as a middle blocker, my whole world changed. I was a middle blocker until my sophomore year of high school, and then I transitioned into an outside hitter. I was most likely not going to make it where I wanted to go as an almost 6-foot middle blocker. 

I played a lot sometimes, I played a little at other times. I looked at big schools, I looked at small schools. I suffered an ACL injury. And finally, I found my perfect fit with Saint Louis University.

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