Name: Sarah Wilhite Parsons
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
College: University of Minnesota
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Most Notable

  • Named 2016 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year and espnW National Player of the Year as a senior at University of Minnesota
  • Selected to NCAA All-Tournament Team in both 2015 and 2016 as the Gophers reached the semifinals two years in a row

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:

  • 2018: FIVB Volleyball Nations League Prelim Weeks 2-5; Pan American Cup (Gold)
  • 2017: Pan American Cup (Gold); FIVB World Grand Prix

Did You Know:

  • Majored in physiology at University of Minnesota
  • Named 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year
  • Selected to 2016 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Before earning the AVCA national player of the year honor, had never been an AVCA All-American
  • Member of 2015 U.S. Collegiate National Team that toured China
  • Played for Northern Lights Volleyball Club and helped the team win the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships 17 Open Division in 2012
  • Was named 2011 and 2012 Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year
  • Tabbed Minnesota State High School All-State twice while playing for Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Parents are Mark and Amy Wilhite
  • Sisters are Annie and Caroline, and brother is Samuel
  • Married to Jameson Parsons

Interesting Facts About Sarah Wilhite Parsons: Has played with Hannah and Paige Tapp since we were juniors in high school. This is now year 8 (in 2018) of playing together, at all different levels: club indoor volleyball, college at the University of Minnesota, and now USA volleyball.

Sarah Wilhite's Favorites
Food: Pizza ... Book: All mystery/suspense books ... Music Type: country ... Musical Group: Rascal Flatts ... Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption ... Actor: Matt Damon ... Professional Team: Minnesota Vikings ... Athlete: Misty May-Treanor

Hobbies and Interests: Loves to hang out with friends, sing and dance in my free time.

Most Admired Person: Her dad because "I have looked up to him my whole life. He's a great leader and an even better person."

Happiest Moment in Life: When my now husband proposed in May 2017

Path to the Podium

  • Began playing youth club volleyball in 2005 with Northern Lights
  • Helped Northern Lights win the 2012 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships 17 Open Division title
  • Named Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 while playing at Eden Prairie High School
  • Chosen to the 2015 U.S. Collegiate National Team that toured China
  • Chosen 2016 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year as a senior at University of Minnesota
  • Selected to NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2015 and 2016 as Minnesota reached the semifinals in consecutive years
  • Made debut with U.S. Women’s National Team at 2017 Pan American Cup

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