Sophie Riemersma will play volleyball at Jacksonville State as grad transfer

Sophie Riemersma was hoping to end her volleyball career on a positive note.

But instead a positive test kept her from participating in her team’s final match of her senior year at Miami (Ohio).

It was the final tipping point in something Riemersma had been weighing ever since the NCAA announced that athletes who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic could have an extra year of eligibility.

After being forced to watch what could have been her final volleyball match one livestream from home, Riemersma decided to act on the extra year of eligibility and committed to Jacksonville State, another NCAA Division I program.

“I had to miss my last match of my career at Miami because I tested asymptomatically for COVID. It was so devastating to end that way. I knew I didn’t want to end my volleyball career like that,” Riemersma said. “Thankfully I got my senior night three weeks before, but it was still incredibly disappointing to be home when my teammates were fighting. I didn’t want to stop playing the game of volleyball.”

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