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Georgia volleyball seniors close out final season

As the Georgia women’s volleyball team’s season winds to a close, so do the collegiate careers of three seniors.

Outside hitter Amanda Dachs, defensive specialist Cassidy Anderson and right side hitter Kendall Kazor, at the conclusion of this season, will not longer be active Bulldogs, and will each move in their own direction as the enter the real world.

Moving forward

As the trio’s time as student-athletes begin to close, they begin to focus on the next chapter in their life. Each of the three have a different plan as they take the next step.

Kazor, who is majoring in marketing and personal and organized leadership and minoring in studio art, will not be saying goodbye to the University just yet.  She will come back to school for a fifth year to finish up her degree but will not be eligible to play for the Bulldogs in that time.  


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Georgia freshman setter Meghan Donovan (22), junior outside hitter Amanda Dachs (2) and junior setter Kendall Kazor (7) celebrate after a play during a regular season game versus Texas AM at the University of Georgia Ramsey Center on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 in Athens, Ga. (Photo/Thomas Mills)

“It hasn’t really hit me yet because I know that I will be here for another year,” Kazor said. “I just wanted another year to soak it all in because I love Athens so much.”

Anderson said her plans after graduation and the conclusion of her volleyball career was summed up with a big question mark.

While Anderson plans to live her life day-by-day and does not have a particular path in mind for after graduation, Dachs already has a plan of what she would like to do.

A finance major while at Georgia, Dachs plans to combine her knowledge of sports and finance in the next chapter of her life. Planning to pursue her masters in sport management, Dachs hopes to get an internship and then a full-time job with the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz stadium.

“People say that you leave here and you don’t even use your major,” Dachs said. “I’m prepared for that option, but I really love finance and analyzing numbers, so that’s my plan, and I hope it happens.”

Leaving friendships

At the conclusion of this season, the trio of Bulldog seniors will go in separate directions and go on to lives there lives.

Instead of being alongside one another for three-hour practices and early-morning workouts, the seniors will no longer have practice to keep them together every single day.

For Anderson and Dachs, outside of volleyball, they are best friends and roommates. Life after will be an adjustment for the duo as they are used to spending the majority of the day together.

“The fact that I’m not going to be with Dachs for forever is kinda scary,” Anderson said. “We see each other all the time. When I think about the day that I will pull away from her, it’s really sad.”

During their time at Georgia, the volleyball players have created relationships with other student-athletes outside of the volleyball team.

They said that the lasting friendships that they have created over the last four years are one of the most rewarding parts of being a student-athlete.

“We have a really tight community,” Kazor said. “We have gotten tight with a lot of other athletes, and it’s just so much fun to cheer your friends on in their sport.”

Always a Bulldog

As the road comes to an end, the times that the seniors will enter the Ramsey Center for practice or for a match is winding down quickly. As they take in the last moments, all three said how much their time at Georgia and as a Bulldog has meant to them.

Dachs, a Johns Creek native, did not have to travel as far as her fellow seniors, who are from out-of-state. She said that it makes her time here even more meaningful because Georgia is something she has heard about since she was a child.

Georgia’s Kendall Kazor (7) and Amanda Dachs (2) are pictured during the Bulldogs’ match with South Carolina at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Georgia, on October 7, 2016. (Photo by Cory A. Cole)


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“I’m a Georgia girl, so having the opportunity to represent my state and the Georgia ‘G’ is not something I take lightly,” Dachs said. “There have been some legends that have gone here, so to be in the presence of that is super cool.”

For out-of-state seniors Anderson and Kazor, they both moved hundreds of miles away from their families and their familiar home. Anderson and Kazor said that the move was worth it because they have fallen in love with Athens, Georgia, and the people in their time at Georgia.

“I don’t want to leave,” Anderson said. “Obviously I’m going to have to, but I would go back to freshman year in a heartbeat and relive all of it and do it all again.”

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