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After illness, Hatcher back on court for Vikings

Playing volleyball at Cleveland State might have saved Alisa Hatcher's life.

Originally Published: September 1, 2005
By Dave Reed | Special to ESPN.com

When athletes speak about how participation in sports saved their lives, it is often a reference to how their athletic ability helped them escape an unhealthy environment, earn an education or put food on the family table.

In the case of Cleveland State senior libero Alisa Hatcher, playing volleyball literally saved her life.

With the 2003 season coming to an end, the sophomore graphics design major was troubled by an ache in her side that seemed like the kind of ailment that could ...

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