Stanford's Samantha Wopat dies at 19

Updated: March 27, 2012, 1:09 AM ET
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Samantha "Sam" Wopat, a Stanford University sophomore volleyball player and former member of the U.S. women's junior team, has died. She was 19.

Stanford announced Wopat died Sunday at Stanford Hospital in Stanford, Calif. No cause of death was provided, but Wopat had been hospitalized in intensive care since March 17 after a medical emergency at her campus residence.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Wopat," athletic director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "She was an integral member of the Stanford Athletics family and a tremendous student and athlete.

"Stanford University and the women's volleyball program have lost a wonderful young woman," he said.

Wopat, an outside hitter who averaged 25 sets as a sophomore, joined the Stanford team in 2010 along with her twin sister, Carly. She was a member of the 2010 U.S. women's junior national team and a three-time member of U.S. junior Olympic teams.

Born in Santa Barbara, Wopat was a 2010 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., where she lettered in volleyball, track and field and basketball.

Besides her sister, she is survived by her parents, Ron and Kathy, and two younger brothers, Jackson and Eli.