WARTBURG’S FOSTER LEADS NCAA IN DIGS, HAVING BREAKOUT SEASON

ANNIKA WALL, TRUMPET MANAGING EDITOR, KVN SPORTS ANCHOR

Behind every kill, there’s a good set. Behind every set, there’s a good dig. And behind plenty of Wartburg’s digs is junior libero Katie Foster ’20. Foster is the NCAA in Division III digs leader and ranks eleventh nationally in digs per set.

“I definitely have to credit my teammates, my coaches, all of them, my parents. It’s been fun to see just how much you can improve in a season,” Foster said. “Coach has a saying, ‘never satisfied’ so when we step into the gym each and every day, he always has some sort of saying just to keep us motivated. This year we’ve talked about the love of the game and how that should just keep motivating you to go after your best”

Foster’s love of the game was evident in her decision to come to Warburg. The June before her first collegiate season, Foster contacted co-head coach Doug Frazell, asking if there was room on Wartburg’s roster. Foster previously committed to the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota to run track.

“I knew that Katie was a good impact, a great volleyball player, but I had been told that she had committed to another school,” Frazell said. “So, respectfully, whenever someone has committed or verballed, I don’t recruit them. But, it didn’t happen. I knew what kind of high school player she was and so here she came.”

After an injury-prone sophomore season, Foster has honed in on her volleyball skill set, but also injury prevention and diet. In this way, the former young talent has transitioned into a veteran leader.

“It’s kind of weird to think we’re upperclassmen this year and we’re only juniors, so we have a year left,” Foster said. “But it’s definitely been interesting because we have a lot of young players this year, so I know this year more than past it’s been an adjustment for people to play on the court but it’s also fun to encourage them and be their biggest fans”

All in all, Foster has made every transition in her Wartburg Volleyball career with ease.

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