Sarah, 16 — a senior at Burbank High — battled a fine group of competitors to earn a spot on a prestigious national women's volleyball team.
A versatile player, Sarah, who is deaf, has emerged as an impact all-league athlete for the Bulldogs. The 5-foot-11 setter and opposite hitter recently took part in a grueling two-day tryout in Northern California. After the two days, she was chosen as one of 14 players on the USA Deaf National Women's Volleyball Team.
She is the youngest player on Team USA. The oldest player on the squad is 28.
Tubert — who plays for the prestigious Santa Monica Beach Club travel team — will be representing the USA at the Deaf Olympic Games in Greece in 2013. Until then, she will be playing in national and international tournaments with the team.
Next year, the U.S. squad is scheduled to play in the Pan American Deaf Games in Brazil, along with the World Volleyball Championship in 2012.
Tubert will be a captain on this year's Burbank volleyball team.
Along with her success in volleyball, Tubert is also an accomplished goalkeeper for the Bulldogs' girls' water polo team. An all-league standout as a sophomore in 2009, she helped Burbank win its first-ever league championship.
Emily, a CIF Southern Section champion who is headed to the University of Arkansas, has spent her summer participating in a host of amateur tournaments.
This week, Tubert took part in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina. She made the cut and advanced to match play.
In the round of 64, Tubert, seeded 41st, won her first match, defeating No. 24 Beverly Mendoza of the Philippines, 3 and 2. However, in the round of 32, Tubert was beaten by No. 9 Sara-Maude Juneau of Canada, 6 and 4.
During stroke play Tubert shot even-par, with rounds of 76 and 72 for a two-day total of 148.
In June, she captured a title in the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.