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Butler’s Claire Randich turns injury into opportunity

By Alexandra Assimon

Claire Randich’s senior season had barely begun, and already it was off to a great start.

The team captain, Randich had been named to the All-Tournament Team in the Cincinnati Invitational, accumulating 26 kills, 14 blocks and five service aces in the young season. But during the team’s home opener against IUPUI, she went up for a hit and landed awkwardly, tearing both her ACL and MCL

“This was supposed to be my senior season,” Randich said. “I am a captain and was a leader on the court. With my injury, my expectations changed.”

They were changed, but not lowered. While sidelined this season, Randich has helped her team as the color commentator for Butler volleyball’s live-stream broadcasts, providing insight and inside scoop to listeners. The broadcasts can be found online on the Butler athletics website.

The experience was built on the skills she had developed as a summer intern for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. In that position, Randich attended practices, got to know the players while interviewing them for feature stories. She loved being able to sit at press row during home games, front and center for all of the action, just as she is now as a color commentator. Randich helped with the social media efforts as well as with the different media outlets who were in attendance.

Randich, a communications major from Joliet, Ill., would like her career to focus on sports communications.

“It was such a great experience,” she said of her time with the professional sports leagues. “It is exactly what I want to do once I am done with school.”

From the bench, Randich is able to see on-court situations that probably would not be visible if she were playing. The different view provides a new angle from which to analyze the game.

“I just happened to get this opportunity to broadcast,” said Randich, who started playing volleyball socially with friends in grade school, then stuck with it. “I had never really thought about that career direction, but once I did it, I really liked it.”