Cary-Grove's Trausch overcomes ailment to earn scholarship

Kayli Trausch was forced to trade well-lighted, loud gymnasiums for dark, quiet rooms.

Trausch, a 6-foot middle blocker for Cary-Grove’s volleyball team, wondered what was going on with her body in the spring. She constantly had migraine headaches, which caused her to miss school and miss most of her club volleyball season with Sky High’s 17 Red team.

“I would lay in bed weeks at a time,” said Trausch, now a senior. “I had to sit in dark rooms with no sound or anything.”

Trausch even left C-G’s prom early, right after dinner, with a splitting headache.

No doctor could identify what was wrong until the Trausch family traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. There, medical personnel finally diagnosed Trausch’s condition as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome – better known as POTS – with which people suffer problems from standing up or raising their arms above their heads.

Trausch was put on beta blockers and recovered in time for C-G’s volleyball season. This week she committed to NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship. She will sign her NCAA national letter of intent with the Panthers on April 1.

Once she had the medication to combat POTS, Trausch recovered quickly. She went to summer camp with the Trojans and played in the high school season in the fall. She also played for C-G's basketball team this winter.

Trausch suffered a few headaches during the volleyball season but said they were nothing compared to what she experienced before.

“Oh, my gosh, it was one of the best feelings [to get back],” she said.