Athlete of the Week: Katie Remmert

Junior Katie Remmert currently ranks 4th in all of class 5A with 220 kills this season.

For you, what was a highlight of your most recent competition?

Getting to compete at a high level. I, as well as the rest of my team, tend to play our best when we are forced to play at a high level, and it’s really fun. 

What makes your sport special and different?

We get to play at such a high level and compete every week with all of our friends. 

How long have you been into this sport, and what were the early days of your participation?

I’ve been playing volleyball for seven years. I started playing when I was in fourth grade on a club team in Cedar Falls and have been playing for them ever since.

How did/do you cope with any setbacks/losses you’ve experienced in your sport?

Our team really comes together after hard losses, and we take what we didn’t do well and fix those weak spots in order to come back better the next game. 

Who has been particularly influential in helping your growth in this sport?

Our assistant coach Adam Timmins has always been a person that has helped me develop my game. Since I was a freshman, he has always been so encouraging and has always believed in the player I could become. 

What do you do to prepare yourself before a game?

As a team, we watch a lot of film and do a lot of scouting a few days before our games. We do have some game day rituals like our locker room dances and me and Alivia Bronner always pray together right before we start. 

How do you work on improving your skills in this sport?

We focus a lot on our weaknesses in practice. I know what I can do well, but I also know that in order to improve I need to focus on turning my weaknesses into a strong part of my game.

What’s a personal skill that you are targeting lately?

I have really been trying to bring energy and positive energy into each game and practice. Our team tends to struggle with that sometimes, so I have taken it upon myself to focus on those things in order to make the team better.

Do you have plans to play this sport after high school?

I’ve thought about it and have been in contact with a few schools, but I still don’t know if I’m going to play in college or not.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your sport?

Getting to go out and play the sport that you love with all your friends. 

What has been a highlight for you/your team so far this season?

A big highlight for me this season was getting my 500th career kill at the Osage tournament a few weeks ago.

As you see it, what are the biggest tests remaining for you/your team yet this season?

We have a big tournament this weekend at home where we could see Dowling, Osage and West Delaware, which are all ranked teams in their classes. Then our next big challenge is the MVC Quads and then getting back to State.

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