May 7, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head volleyball coach Keylor Chan has announced that Katie Kniep (Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Wildcats for the upcoming 2014 season.
Kniep is the fourth signee in this class, joining three others (Symone Abbott, Gabrielle Hazen and Taylor Tashima) previously announced in November.
"We're very excited to be able to welcome a young woman like Katie into our NU Volleyball Family," said Chan. "She has excelled both on the court, and in the classroom, and I'm confident that her success will continue as she begins her time at Northwestern.
"Coupled with the talented team we have returning next year, this class has the ability to help us attain some pretty special things once we get going in the fall. I'm looking forward to getting on the court for what can be a very memorable season," said Chan.
A complete bio on Kniep follows:
High School: Three-year letter winner at Hononegah H.S. ... Two-time team captain ... Helped the Indians win IHSA Regionals in each of her last two seasons ... Collected All-Northern Illinois 10 honors in 2012 and 2013 ... Claimed Defensive Player of the Year Award following senior season ... All-Tournament selection in 2012 ... Named Max PrepsPlayer of the Week for the week of Sept. 18-24, 2011 ... Played for four years with Club Fusion ... Helped team take second at Great Lakes Power League in 2014 ... Also took third place at AAU Nationals in 2011 ... Four-time Outstanding Scholar Athlete ... Honor Roll student and 1st Level Renaissance Member (2010-14).
Personal: Born Kathryn Rose Kniep on 3/18/96 ... Son of Barbara and Kirk Kniep ... Played at the same volleyball club as former NU standout Stephanie Holthus (2010-13) ... Attended same high school as auto racing professional Danica Patrick ... Anticipated major is finance.
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