DANIKA RADEMACHER, KNIGHT WIRE GUEST WRITER
Katie Foster is a 5th year senior and she has made a tremendous impact on the Knights volleyball program, not only with her statistics but her presence.
Foster, who comes from Charles City, began competing in volleyball in fourth grade, however she has not always been a libero. She has played almost every position, beginning as a setter, then middle, an outside, and lastly a libero, which she has been since.
For Foster, volleyball is not just about playing the game. It has impacted her life outside of the court as well.
“Volleyball has helped me outside of the court because it has taught me that hard work and determination are two of the most important things to be successful in any area of life. I have learned how to work as a team with many different people, and it’s taught me to enjoy even the smallest of moments because they will be gone sooner than you know it,” said Foster.
Coming to Wartburg College was not always Foster’s plan. She first committed to a school in Minnesota to run track but decided to stay close to home when her family started doing foster care.
“I wanted to be closer to home because I wanted to be able to see the boys go through their middle school and high school sports. I then decided to do both volleyball and track at a small Division III school would allow me to be in both sports and succeed academically,” said Foster.
Coach Doug Frazell said each year Foster gets better and better.
“Katie is the player I have spent the most time outside of practice with putting in extra reps. She is always trying to find ways to improve her game,” said Frazell.
Foster leads in statistics as well as by example. In her freshmen year, Foster posted 628 digs averaging 5.41 per set while playing in 116 sets. Then she recorded 562 digs in 82 sets with an average of 5.63 digs per set in her sophomore year. She followed that up with 757 digs in 125 sets, averaging 6.06 per set, in her junior year.
In her fourth year with Wartburg College, COVID-19 restricted the season to be only nine games with no conference tournament. This did not stop Foster from excelling. She recorded 199 digs in 34 sets.
On March 20, 2020, the match against Luther College, Foster surpassed 2,000 career digs. She is one of two players in Wartburg Volleyball program history to pass the 2,000-dig mark.
In the first 23 matches this season, Foster recorded 484 digs in 81 sets, just under 6 digs per set. Foster continues to add more digs one by one and focuses on one play at a time.
“Katie is one teammate who will take the game very seriously but also has fun while playing. She helps plan a lot of team bonding activities and is always available to grab a coffee and talk whenever you need,” said former student-coach Mikayla Long.