FRITZ ON GABBY:
"Gabby stepped into a difficult role as a starting freshman last year and did a nice job of running our offensive system. She is wiser and more experienced now with a season of competition under her belt. She has done the necessary things in the offseason to improve her physical presence on the court."
AS A FRESHMAN (2001):
Saw action in 22 matches and 81 games as a setter... Started 21 matches during season, including the team's final 20 contests... Was responsible for 135 points... Named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after posting back-to-back double-doubles in wins at Baylor (Nov. 14) and against No. 13 Texas A&M (Nov. 17)... Led the team with 962 assists, including a team-best 11.88 assists/game average... Collected double-digit assist totals in each of her 22 matches, including 50 or more on six occasions... Posted a season-best 68 assists in a come-from-behind five-game victory over Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 30)... Also registered 60 or more assists with 63 in a four-game loss at No. 14 Texas A&M (Oct. 22)... Paced the squad in assists in 21 matches, including the final 20... Set a school-record for double-doubles by a freshman with 12 on the season... Posted the team's second highest hitting percentage at .293, while averaging 2.74 attacks/game... Compiled a .300 or better hitting percentage on 11 occasions, including a season-best .700 percentage against Oklahoma (Oct. 19)... Totaled 94 kills on the season for a 1.16 per game average... Had five or more kills in nine matches, including a season-best 10 against Texas (Nov. 7)... Ranked third on the team with a 2.84 digs/game average, while her 230 total digs registered fifth... Led the team in digs in matches against Kansas (Oct. 3) and Baylor (Oct. 13)... Tallied 11 double-digit dig performances, including a season-best 22 against Iowa State (Oct. 10)...Nearly turned in the Wildcats' first triple-double in more than four years with 10 kills, 46 assists and nine digs in a four-game win over Texas (Nov. 7)... Registered a 0.63 blocks per game average, which ranked fourth on the team... Posted three or more blocks on nine occasions, including a season-best six against Oklahoma (Oct. 19)... Made her season debut against No. 7 UCLA (Sept. 1) at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic... Claimed the starting setter's job in a dramatic five-game win over Missouri on Sept. 26, as she collected her first double-double of the season with 57 assists and 14 digs against the Tigers... The double-double would be the first of six in the next nine matches... Followed her match against Missouri with an all-around effort in a 3-1 win over No. 23 Texas (Sept. 29), as she posted five kills on .500 hitting with 40 assists and 12 digs... Continued her progression against archrival Kansas (Oct. 3) with seven kills on .583 hitting with 40 assists and 17 digs... Scored back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Iowa State (Oct. 10) and Baylor (Oct. 13), while posting six kills and a hitting percentage over .300 in each contest... Tallied a hitting percentage of .300 or better in four straight matches from Oct. 31 - Nov. 10, including her solid performance against the Longhorns... Helped the Wildcats avenge an earlier 3-1 loss to No. 21 Colorado (Nov. 10) with 48 assists and 13 digs and in the process started a streak of four straight matches with a double-double to conclude the regular season... Collected a .429 hitting percentage with seven kills, 55 assists and 15 digs in a five-game win over No. 13 Texas A&M (Nov. 17)... After a season-best 68-assist performance in the NCAA opener against Arkansas, she again flirted with a triple-double in a four-game loss to No. 2 Nebraska with nine kills on .421 hitting with 40 assists and nine digs.
At MAYDE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL (1997-2001):
Letterwinner in volleyball three years at Mayde Creek High School in Houston, Texas... Three-year starter for the Lady Rams... A member of the U.S. Youth 17-under National Olympic Team as a high school freshman, along with current teammate Lauren Goehring... The team also included two other Big 12 players that made impacts in 2000, in Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Stevie Nicholas of Baylor and Anna Schrad of Nebraska... This program eventually helps determine the U.S. Olympic team every four years... Despite being the only returning starter from a 1999 team that went 21-10, Guerre guided the Lady Rams to a three-way tie for first place in District 19-5A in 2000 and a playoff berth for the first time in three years with a 20-20 overall record... The featured setter and captain in a 6-2 offense (an offensive scheme that utilizes two setters), Guerre led the team with just over 14.00 assists per match and 9.00 kills per match, while ranking second on the team in total blocks... Named District 19-5A most valuable player in 2000 and team most valuable player in both 1999 and 2000... Honored three times as a first team all-district selection... Three times named to the Houston Chronicle's preseason `Players to Watch' list, which signifies the Top 10 players in the Houston area... Says high school coach Cathy Reeves, "The success of our team came directly from the leadership and ability of Gabby. She is a leader in every sense of the word. She was the heart and soul of this team. She is also dedicated and focused player that is very unselfish. She demands a lot from herself and pushes very hard to be the very best. She will do whatever it takes to be an impact player at Kansas State." ... Also lettered three years in basketball... Started the last three years at the post for the Lady Rams... Earned second team all-district honors as a junior and a senior... Coached in volleyball by Cathy Reeves.
Gabrielle Guerre was born November 26, 1983, in Lafayette, La. ... The daughter of Russell and Lisa Guerre... The middle child of three children... Has two sisters, Danielle, 21, and Angelle, 16... Older sister, Danielle, also plays volleyball at the collegiate level, as she is set to begin her senior season in the fall at Christian Brothers University, a Division II program in Memphis, Tenn. ...Also a setter, Danielle was named to the Gulf South Conference second team in 2001 after leading the team to a 19-10 overall record... Averaged 11.05 assists/game, 0.79 kills/game on .338 hitting with 2.27 digs/game and 0.24 services aces/game... A standout student off the court, Gabrielle was an academic first team all-district selection the last three years... Member of the National Honor Society and the math/science honor society of Mu Alpha Theta... Very active member in the community, Gabrielle spent over 60 plus hours working with volunteer groups, including being a DARE Role Model... Is planning a major in mechanical engineering.