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20070502 Volleyball: Where Are They Now? Heather Flachsbarth
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/02/2007
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Twelve years after her final season of competition at Arizona, Heather Flachsbarth still plays volleyball in her hometown of Lawrence, Kan.

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??????????? "I learned a ton from Dave Rubio," said Heather, who continues the sport in the USA Volleyball adults program.? She plays in women's sixes during the winter, and both women's and co-ed grass doubles during the summer.??? She also participates in occasional 5K and 10K charity runs.

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??????????? Her business, though, is operating Heather Flachsbarth Personal Training.

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"My degree was in physiological sciences," she said. "My last season with the Wildcats was 1995 but I graduated in 1998.? I always enjoyed being in the weight room.? I remember my Mom would laugh and say, 'What are you going to do when you grow up?'? But the weight room was a special place for me, a place where you go to get better. And at UA the training people were there to help you."

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??????????? Heather's fondest memories from her days as a Wildcat are "just the overall experience of being there and the friends I made.? I'm not good at remembering matches and statistics, but my experience at UA was great."

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??????????? She enjoyed few things more than sitting on the mall soaking up sunshine and Nature's peace, while climbing the Santa Catalina Mountains in her mind.? "When the sun hits those mountains at different times of the day they seem to change,ˇ± she said. ˇ?They're always beautiful.ˇ±

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??????????? "Here in Kansas, of course, you don't get that kind of view.? I'm not good with cold weather, either. I got too used to the warm weather all the time in Tucson.?? And now, I just don't take the cold very well.

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??????????? "UA was fun place to go to school and one of the big reasons was the weather.? You could always do things outside."

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??????????? Heather was recruited to UA by former coach, Rosie Wegrich.? Rubio became head coach when Flachsbarth was a sophomore and she chose to redshirt that season.

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Her biggest thrill as an athlete was going to the NCAA's Sweet 16 in 1993 and 1994.

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??????????? "Heather was a significant part of those teams," Rubio said.? "She was from the Midwest and had that blue collar, hard-nosed Midwestern work ethic.? That defined her.? She was a kid who would never give in to difficulties.? She'd fight her way through hard times. And she's a true-blue Wildcat, always coming back for homecoming,ˇ± he said.

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??????????? She has missed only one Homecoming since leaving UA. ˇ?The only one I didnˇ?t come back for was 2001, the year I moved from Tucson,ˇ± she said.? ˇ?But I did come back a few months later. I look forward to every Wildcat homecoming because, for one reason, itˇ?s starting to get cold in Kansas at about that time of year.? And thereˇ?s so much going on ?C so much activity ?C on the UA campus.? I always catch the football game and one or two volleyball matches.ˇ±

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??????????? She's the vice president of the Kansas City chapter of Arizona Alumni.

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??????????? Itˇ?s somewhat remarkable that Heather became a Wildcat rather than a Kansas Jayhawk.? Flachsbarth is a proud name at the University of Kansas.? Her father, Lee Flachsbarth, played football in the late 1950s and early 60s, and her brother,? Lance, played football for the Jayhawks in the late 80s.

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