Dec 23, 2012 2:29 PM by UL Sports Information
The Louisiana athletic department mourns the loss of freshman volleyball player Sawyer Camillo, who passed away suddenly on Saturday (Dec. 22) at her home in Argyle, Texas.
"On behalf of the entire Louisiana athletic department, our condolences go out to Sawyer's family and her many friends," Louisiana Director of Athletics Scott Farmer said. "It is never easy to understand the loss of somebody who was as vibrant and energetic as Sawyer was. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be greatly missed."
"Sawyer was an extraordinary young woman," Louisiana head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot said. "Her easy smile and generous demeanor made her a fast friend to all of us. She was eager to lend a hand and had a true love of being Ragin' Cajun.
"She was beautiful, caring and had a silly side that was wonderful. Sawyer was always making everyone laugh or feel good in some way. She was a true reflection of what our volleyball program and our university strive to recruit. She was amazing," Mazeitis-Fontenot added.
Camillo, a 6-1 middle blocker, was medically unable to play during the recently completed 2012 season because of pain that came with a back injury.
"Sawyer knew that she wasn't going to be able to play this year because of her back so she focused on helping the team in any way that she could," Mazeitis-Fontenot said. "She traveled on every road trip and was there cheering on the sideline during every match.
Camillo was a four-year starter at Argyle (Texas) High, earning district newcomer of the year honors as a freshman and district defensive player of the year kudos as a sophomore and junior. An all-state selection as a sophomore, she also earned all-district mention as a senior.