Abby Fesl, a member of the 2016 women's volleyball team and soon-to-be Master's degree graduate on August 6, is tracking down the program's newcomers over the next few weeks in a feature series titled Gettin' Gabby With Abby.
Freshman Becca Mauer had Buckeye running through her blood from a young age. "I had always been a fan growing up since both of my parents went here. Once I visited, I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere. I knew it was the place for me," Mauer said. She joins the 2017 Buckeyes as a 5'9 setter from Houston, Texas.
The aspiring Psychology major came to Columbus at the beginning of June to work out and train with the team. "I like the atmosphere here. By saying you go to Ohio State, you are connected in a way that other people are not," Mauer explained. "There are opportunities to do so many things at Ohio State."
The 2017 team has been participating in open gyms to keep a touch on the ball during the summer semester. As a setter, Mauer has been able to work closely with junior Taylor Hughes. "I've learned a lot from her in this short amount of time. She's already had so much experience at the Big Ten level. I'll be able to learn a lot from her in the future, whether that's by her telling me pieces of advice or just seeing her play."
As open gyms wrap up and preseason is practically within reach, Mauer feels ready to start training as a team with the coaches. She looks forward to playing in front of the crowd in St. John Arena during the fall, especially her parents who will be among the Buckeye faithful in attendance.
As a junior in high school, she lead her club team, Houston Jrs, to a second place finish at Junior Nationals where she earned All-Tournament Team honors. Mauer competed for Jersey Village High School, lifting the Falcons to a playoff run for the first time in eight years. She was also a multiple honoree for District Setter of the Year.
She golfed for Jersey Village high as well during her junior year. Mauer was also involved in the Pal's program at her school. She mentored younger, "amazing" kids with special needs during her junior and senior years. One day, Mauer hopes to be able to travel the world.
Researched and written by former student-athlete Abby Fesl.
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