FRITZ ON KATIE: "Katie's strongest asset is her work ethic. She has all the talent and desire to become a great volleyball player and has developed an understanding of our systems and methods of training. After spending her freshman year as a redshirt, she is hungry for an opportunity to compete."
AS A FRESHMAN (2001): Opted to be redshirted prior to the start of her freshman season.
AT MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL (1997-2001): Letterwinner in volleyball three years at Omaha Marian High School in Omaha, Neb. ... Two-year starter for the Crusaders... Honored as the Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska... Named the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal-Star Super-State first team as a senior... Member of the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team as a senior... Led Class A (the largest classification in the state) and the Metro Conference in kills per game with a 5.10 average (417 overall)... Ranked third in Class A in digs per game with a 4.80 average (413 digs), while she was sixth in hitting percentage with a .276 average... Added 54 solo blocks and 33 service aces for the Crusaders... Was the star of the 18th annual Nebraska Coaches Association volleyball match in July, where she slammed eight kills and served two aces to help the North defeat the South, 10-15, 15-5, 15-7, 15-11... Helped Marian finish the season with a No. 9 ranking in the state in 2000 with a 25-15 overall record where the team lost in the first round of the district playoffs... Was the only returning starter from the previous season's state championship team... Honored as a preseason first team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal-Star... The only underclassmen to start on Marian's 1999 state championship team, she was named to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super-State first team as a junior... Also selected to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska second team... Notched 285 kills on a .328 hitting percentage for the Crusaders in 1999 with 211 digs and 63 blocks... Cranked 12 kills and registered a team-high 21 digs in the Crusaders' 15-10, 15-6 victory over Bellevue West in 1999 state championship match... The 1999 team finished ranked No. 6 nationally and set the state record for most wins in a season by going 44-1 on its way to the state championship... Considered the top junior volleyball player in the state of Nebraska in 1999... She is now the fifth player off the 1999 Marian High School state championship team to play in college, following Amy Sibbernsen (formerly of Nebraska), Nicole Mausbach (Xavier), Michaela Wuebben (Marquette) and Kylie Lebeda (Nebraska-Omaha)... Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore... Lettered four years in track and field and three years in basketball... Averaged 10 points and five rebounds for the 2000 Nebraska State Basketball Championship team at Marian that finished 25-1... Three times named an honorable mention all-state selection by the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald in basketball... Named to the World-Herald All-Metro basketball team as a second team selection... Competed in the high jump and the 400 meters in track and field... Qualified for the state championships in the high jump as a junior... Chose Kansas State over Clemson, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska... Coached in volleyball by Rochelle Rohlfs.
PERSONAL: Katherine Ann Stanzel was born September 15, 1982, in Omaha, Neb. ... The daughter of Greg and Dee Stanzel... Father, Greg, is a helicopter pilot for the Omaha (Neb.) Police Department... The oldest of two children... Has a brother, Jack, 17... One of the byproducts of Kansas State's upset of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1999, Stanzel grew up a Cornhusker fan, but changed her mind after discovering the Wildcats' recent success... She passed up a Nebraska volleyball scholarship offer to come to K-State... Gave up softball to pursue a career in volleyball... Is undecided on a major.