“We Want That Legacy to Continue” – Shannon Kasprak’s Last Ride

Kasprak (left) included in SAC Player of the Year graphic from Spring 2021 season (photo: @WU_Bulldogs on Twitter)

Sports Writer: Donny Chiarel

WINGATE, NC — For Shannon Kasprak, it’s been an exciting four years. A Southeast Region Championship, two SAC Championships, and multiple all-conference selections stand at the top of her resume. Another accomplishment she can list is SAC Player of the Year from the spring of 2021.

Kasprak constantly exudes humility, and when she spoke about what it meant to win the award, she talked about that honor with a lot of appreciation for her team.

“I feel honored to have received that award,” Kasprak said, “but it truly comes from my team and coaches, motivating me to be the best player I can be.”

“I don’t think about it a lot because, as a player, I know I can always be better.”

To begin play this fall, Kasprak and her team took a trip down to Florida for two exhibitions against Tampa and Eckerd. 

“Florida was a really awesome experience for us as a team,” Kasprak said. “We got to bond away from campus, which was really cool, and we got to play high-level volleyball, which helped us elevate our level of play.”

Kasprak is one of four seniors in her class. Along with Kasey Eastland, Reese Blackley and Molly Lambillotte, she talked about what kind of memories she wants people to remember once they hang up their jerseys. 

“I want people to remember that our senior class was super determined, competitive and uplifting,” Kasprak said. “Every individual leaves it out on the court. We want that legacy to continue.”

Wingate begins their season on September 3, with two games against Lees-McRae and Young Harris in the Queens Fall Classic.

“The intensity level is relatively high right now,” Kasprak said. “We’re pursuing to be the best team we can be and reach our goals for this season.”

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