FRITZ ON JOY: "In my opinion, one of the best high school players in state of Kansas last year. I don't think she's even close to realizing her potential as a volleyball player. But, in time, with proper training and proper feedback, we think she's going to be a solid player. She works as hard as anybody. Because of that, she's going to be extremely successful."
At WINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (1998-2002): Letterwinner in volleyball three years at Winfield High School in Winfield, Kan. ... Three-year starter for the Vikings... A two-time selection to the Class 5A all-state first team... Ranked first in the state in kills, while she was third in hitting percentage as a senior... Named to the Ark Valley League first team as a junior and senior... Twice honors as the Vikings' team most valuable player... Captured the team's Best Blocker Award as both a junior and senior... Named to numerous all-tournament teams during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, including Arkansas City (2000 and 2001), Mulvane (2000) and Andover (2000)... Earned most valuable player honors at the Andover Tournament as a junior... A solid student, she was named to an Outstanding Scholar-Athlete all four years... Also a recipient of the National Student-Athlete "Day" Award three straight years... Lettered one year in swimming and diving... Chose Kansas State over Ohio State, Arkansas, Arkansas State and Nebraska... Coached in volleyball by Tom Williams.
PERSONAL: Louise Joy Hamlin was born May 16, 1984, in Winfield, Kan. ... The daughter of Steven and Cathy Hamlin... The second youngest of four children... Has three sisters, Jane, 24, June, 22 and JoAnn, 15... Father, Steve, is a former late model race car driver, along with older sister, Jane... Comes from a very athletic family, as sister, Jane, played basketball and volleyball, while younger sister, JoAnn, plays basketball and throws the shot put... Would like to pursue career in criminology... Is undecided on a major.