Underneath the Feathers: volleyball senior outside hitter Katie Stouffer

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

#2 Katie Stouffer
Senior Outside Hitter for Salisbury Volleyball
Hometown: Frederick, MD

What are your majors/minors?
Early Childhood Education Major, Elementary Education Major, Athletic Coaching Minor

What made you want to play volleyball at and come to Salisbury?
“I knew I wanted to come to Salisbury University for the education program, and seeing the successful volleyball program and the welcoming athletics facility made the school that much more perfect for me.”

What has been your favorite moment as part of SU volleyball while here at Salisbury, and why?
“I have loved being a part of the family that is Salisbury Volleyball. Each teammate that I have had has become a family member, and somebody that I know cares about me as a person. Each year, we as a team are competitive and want to get better on the court, but volleyball has never been the first priority of this team. It has always been the well-being of the members of the family. It has made such a difference for me on this campus knowing that whatever I do, I will have encouragement, support, and help from all my teammates and coaches.”

You’re listed as an outside hitter, but have you always played that position? What do you enjoy about your part on the court?
“I have actually always been an outside hitter, and I love this position. I love blocking and hitting and all the aspects that come with being an outside hitter, but I absolutely love watching my teammates get a great dig, a great set and then I am in position to finish the point.”

What are your goals both individually and as a team for this season?
“Individually, I want this last season to be my best season. I am working on having a high kill percentage as well as making my way to be a 6 rotation player and playing all around. For the team, we are focusing on winning today. Whatever that looks like, we want to win today because that sets us up to win tomorrow. We are focusing on winning one game at a time.”
As a senior, what are you looking forward to learn or improve on during your last season?
“This year, I am excited to cap off a great career with a stellar last season. This year, I want to see how far I can push myself, but also my teammates. With such a large senior class, my hope is to encourage some of the underclassmen to really step into roles of leadership now, because this will be their team in the years to come.”

What is your favorite part of Salisbury University Athletics or your team-environment here at SU?
“I really love all the people that work with Salisbury Athletics. Everyone is so inviting, but also encouraging. It is such a great feeling having people that I do not even know congratulate me on my team’s win. There is so much pride for this school’s athletics, and the support is tremendous. Maggs definitely feels like a second home.”

What is your favorite part of campus life at Salisbury, and why?
“I have loved being a part of the campus ministry Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I have met so many great people that share my faith and want to learn more about Jesus Christ, but also have that same competitive drive to be better in athletics. We all support each other and go to each other’s games on campus, it is a really amazing community. I have made deep relationships with some incredible people through this campus ministry.”

What are your hobbies and interests off the court?
“Playing the ukulele, spending time outdoors with friends and family, going to church, working with young kids, going to watch other sporting events, volunteering with YoungLife ministries, playing with my puppy Oliver, reading, watching movies, going to the beach, hiking, camping, shopping around at thrift stores, or basically anything with great friends!”

Where is your favorite place to go for a meal or snack on or off-campus? Favorite food?
“I will never deny popcorn. Any time. Any place. It is my all-time favorite! I also really love Mexican food and sushi. Both very different, both very delicious.”

Is there something unique about you that many SU volleyball fans don’t know?
“I spent this past summer in Southern California with an internship through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes-Volleyball. For 10 weeks, I trained with D-1 and D-2 volleyball players from around the country learning more about ourselves and who Jesus calls us to be. I was able to train in both beach and indoor volleyball and get stronger and faster physically, while going deeper in my faith. It was a life changing experience that I will cherish all my life.”

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