July 12, 2012
BERKELEY - As the California volleyball 2012 season approaches, CalBears.com will be looking back at some of the former talented Golden Bears who have helped build the perennial powerhouse and the jerseys they wore. With 44 days remaining until the start of this year's campaign, CalBears.com caught up with Meaghan Schmitt, who sported No. 44 from 2007-10, and is the only student-athlete thus far to have worn that number.
Student-Athlete Spotlight - Meagan Schmitt (DS, 2007-10)
CalBears.com: What made you choose your number?
Meagan Schmitt: I chose my number because when I was a freshman in high school, a senior had the number 4. That is the number I really wanted, but since I was a freshman I had to get creative. I decided that 44 was a great alternative, and I grew to love it!
CalBears.com: What does it mean to be one of the Bears to have worn your number?
MS: I loved being No. 44 at Cal. It is not a very common number, so I got to really own it. I am not sure how I would feel to see another player wearing my number at Cal!
CalBears.com: What was your favorite Golden Bear memory?
MS: My favorite Golden Bear memory was absolutely ending my career at the National Championship match in Kansas City. I will remember that match with my teammates for the rest of my life. Shoot, actually that entire season was amazing. I love those girls so much.
CalBears.com: What does it mean to you to have played for Cal volleyball?
MS: I am so proud to have been a Bear. Since both of my parents competed at Cal, it had always been a dream of mine to play there as well. On top of that, Cal volleyball is one of the most established programs in the country. I loved being able to play with the top players in the nation day in and day out. I cannot articulate how happy I am to be able to call myself a Cal Bear!
CalBears.com: What are you up to these days - where do you live, what do you do, etc.?
MS: I currently live in Los Angeles where I am the assistant volleyball coach at Loyola Marymount University. I am so happy that I get to stay within the volleyball community!
All-Time Jersey No. 44 Wearers:
By the Numbers
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