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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 30, 2007

Northwest Spotlight: Setter Katie Swenson

This week's Northwest Spotlight features setter Katie Swenson, a redshirt freshman from Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, Neb.

Swenson was named to the Nebraska-Kearney All-Tournament Team last weekend following her first collegiate competitions. She averaged 11.2 assists per game and had a match-high 55 assists in Northwest's season-opening win against Montevallo.

Spotlight caught up with Swenson earlier this week:

NS: How does a girl from Nebraska become a Phoenix Suns fan?

KS: I've always been a fan of Steve Nash. I followed Michael Jordan and the Bulls when I was little, but I switched over when he retired.

NS: Have you ever been to a Suns game?

KS: No, but my friend has an uncle that has front row seats.

NS: Have you ever been to Texas?

KS: Yes, we went to Houston for nationals for volleyball one year in high school when I played for Nebraska Elite club team.

NS: Describe the feeling of winning a state title in high school.

KS: It was amazing. It's the happiest thing ever when you work hard for something for four years and then you get it that senior year. It's really special for a good-bye thing to do. The whole weekend was just so fun.

NS: What's it like having two of your high school teammates with you here at Northwest?

KS: It's a lot of fun. Sara (Falcone), Rachel (Nisi) and I click so well because we played in high school and on club teams. I've played with both of them since I was 14. We know how each other plays. We know how to work with each other and our personalities are really good together.

NS: What are the advantages of being a young team?

KS: Last year, we had a lot of seniors and upperclassmen with five incoming freshman and it felt like two different teams. This year we all hang out together and have the same group of friends. On and off the court we know each others' personalities, we know how we work with each other and it helps a lot that we're the same age.

NS: How did sitting out a year help you become a better volleyball player?

KS: It helped because I got to see the whole court. When you're in the game you don't really watch what everybody is doing in the back row when you're in the front row. I practiced, traveled with the team and watched a lot of film to learn where everybody will be on the court in certain situations.

NS: Describe your role as a setter?

KS: I think it's a very important role. I'm the link between the passer and the hitter. It's important that I'm in sync with everyone. I touch the ball almost every play and I'm involved all the time. It's exciting for me when I can get touches to my teammates.

NS: What goes into your decision on making the pass to the hitter?

KS: Sometimes the pass I receive determines what I can do with the ball. A lot of times it's just who has the hot hand, who's putting it down. I also try to know where the opposing team's strong blocker is.

NS: Why do you wear No. 3?

KS: It's been my number forever. I can't remember not being No. 3. It's my lucky number and my favorite number. I made sure to call dibs right after last season.

NS: What are you studying here at Northwest?

KS: My major is bio/psych and I hope to go into physical therapy. I'm in abnormal psychology right now and it's pretty interesting.

NS: Describe your first job as a vet.

KS: I was a sophomore in high school and it was probably my favorite job even though all I did was walk the dogs and clean up after them. I also got to help the vets when they needed help. I love animals so it was fun.

NS: What was the best part of last weekend?

KS: It was fun to see my family. A lot of my family members are from central Nebraska and some I hadn't seen for awhile. My grandma and all my aunts and uncles live out there.

Swenson and the Northwest volleyball team continue play this weekend at the St. Edwards Classic in Austin, Texas. The Bearcats open with Arkansas at Monticello Friday at 10 a.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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