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Pronounced: Kate Price
2006 (Junior): Played in 100 games and all 35 matches, starting 12 ... began the season as the squad's libero before transitioning to a utility player with the ability to play both front and back row ... recorded 42 kills, 12 service aces, 214 digs and 21 total blocks ... tallied 26 digs at LSU (8/26), the first time a Penn State player had recorded 25 or more digs in a match since Kaleena Walters accomplished the feat versus Wisconsin on Oct. 28, 2005 ... tallied six double-digit dig matches, including provide 10 digs against Wisconsin (10/7) and at Northwestern (10/13) ... started the first eight Big Ten matches at opposite while also acting as a primary passer before again playing the role of a utility player ... recorded a season-high six kills twice, including hitting a career-high .667 (6-0-9) against Miami (Ohio) (9/16) ... passed at a .959 clip for the year.
2005 (Sophomore): Preseason All-Big Ten ... saw action in all 34 matches and 99 of 111 games for the season ... averaged 2.69 kills per game, 0.21 service aces per game, 2.13 digs per game and 0.55 blocks per game as an outside hitter and primary passer ... was one of four players in double-digit kills (10) versus Hawaii (8/27) at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha, Neb. ... had 10 double-digit kill matches for the year ... tallied a season-high 16 kills on .417 hitting against Western Michigan (9/1) at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic ... racked up 14 kills on .462 hitting versus Indiana (10/1) and 11 kills on .562 hitting at Northwestern (.526) ... ranked third on the team with 21 service aces ... provided a career-high five service aces versus Pacific (9/9) at the Nebraska Players Challenge ... recorded first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 17 digs at Hawaii (9/2) ... posted a career-high 18 digs against Southern California (8/31) at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic ... had at least four digs in 24 matches of the year and provided double-digit dig figures in seven matches, including the last three of the season ... recorded a career-high six blocks in the NCAA Tournament second round win over Long Island (12/3) ... had 16 multiple-block matches, including eight of the last nine contests ... provided four blocks at Ohio State (9/28) and against Wisconsin (10/28).
2004 (Freshman): AVCA Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Stanford Invitational Most Valuable Player ... Penn State Invitational All-Tournament Team ... played in all 32 matches and 108 of 109 games ... led the team with 3.93 kills per game and also averaged 2.01 digs per game and 0.44 blocks per game ... was the only non-junior or senior to rank among the top 10 in the Big Ten in kills per game (3.94) and ranked fifth in the league in conference-only matches with 4.07 kpg ... recorded a career-high 28 kills in the five-game win over eventual National Champion Stanford on the road, two days after her 18th birthday ... surpassed her previous career high of 10 kills in the first game alone against the Cardinal ... had six double-doubles for the season, including a career-high 18 digs versus then-No. 1 Minnesota (10/2) ... posted double-digit kill figures in 26 matches, including 25 of the last 28 contests ... recorded at least six kills in every match of the season ... notched at least one dig in every match of the year, including seven double-digit dig matches ... set a new career high with four blocks in the NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA (12/10) ... equaled her previous career-high of three blocks on four occasions, including three times in the last six matches (vs. Illinois, 11/20; at Michigan State, 11/26; vs. American, 12/3) ... ranked second on the team with 25 aces, including a career-high five at Iowa (12/6).
Four-year volleyball letterwinner at Fraser High School in Fraser, Mich. ... team captain in 2003 for the Ramblers ... led Fraser to the Michigan state title in 2002 and 2003 ... a three-time first team all-state selection ... earned honorable mention all-state following freshman year ... also won the state championship in the high jump ... was a three-year track letterwinner and a three-year basketball letterwinner ... named a Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection in 2003.
Born Kathryn Courtney Price on Sept. 12, 1986, in Detroit, Mich. ... parents are Carol and Steve Price ... has one brother, Nick (24) and two sisters, Kelly (28) and Kim (Frey) (28) ... sister Kelly played volleyball at Loyola Chicago while sister Kim played lacrosse at Michigan ... majoring in criminal justice ... names the Detroit Pistons as favorite pro sports team, Michael Jordan as favorite athlete, "That 70's Show" as favorite TV show and "Love and Basketball" as favorite movie.
Quoting Russ Rose
"A great deal of our success this year will be linked to how Kate handles the responsibilities of floor leadership as well as being a primary ball-handler. She came strong out of the gate her freshman year and made an immediate impact but has had some injuries over the last couple of years. Hopefully her senior year will allow her to be physically able to compete at the net and do the things that she does well. In my mind she has our team's highest volleyball IQ and is a key player for our chances of success this season."
"To end the season with a win."