Rarely do fans get to see an athlete perfect their skill at two positions in a four-year career, but Katie Olsovsky managed to do that in her four years at USC... She entered Troy at middle blocker, even earning All-America status in 2000 and 2001, and in 2003 stood out at her new position of opposite hitter... A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, and two-time first team pick, Olsovsky played a major role in USC's success since her arrival... She earned Volleyball magazine All-America honors as a freshman and AVCA All-America accolades as a sophomore... Over the last four seasons, she has also been named Pac-10 Player of the Week four times, once honored as National Player of the Week, named to three NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams, four AVCA All-Region teams and set five different USC match records for attack percentage... Despite all of her accomplishments, most USC fans will remember her most for providing the match-winning kill against Stanford for the 2002 NCAA Championship in New Orleans, La. ... She was named to the 2002 NCAA Championship All-Tournament team.
Olsovsky established herself among USC's all-time top record-holders... She finished her career among USC's top 10 in seven different categories, including second in career block assists (388), fourth in attack percentage (.353), total blocks (479) and total points (1018), fifth in points per game (3.31), sixth in solo blocks (91) and seventh in blocks per game (1.17).
2003 Senior Season
As a fourth-year starter, Olsovsky led USC to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP in her new role at opposite hitter... She started all 34 matches, missing only one match against Centenary on Sept. 12 due to illness... For the season she averaged a .317 attack percentage, 2.50 kills, 1.22 digs, 0.98 blocks and 3.07 points per game... Early in the season she twisted her left ankle against South Carolina (Aug. 30), but came back the following day and hit .500 against Northern Iowa with eight kills off of 16 attacks and no errors... Had a season-high 16 kills at Texas A&M (Sept. 13) and hit .714 for the match... Also had top season performances with 11 digs at Washington (Oct. 4) and six blocks at Washington and Arizona (Nov. 7)... She hit above .400 in nine matches... Named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team and AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention team... Trained with the USA Women's National Team and competed at the Pan-American Games during the summer of 2003.
2002 Junior Season
Despite a difficult start to her season, Olsovsky helped push the Women of Troy to the 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP... Diagnosed with mononucleosis on Sept. 3 and, in addition to missing starts against BYU (Sept. 5) and Wake Forest (Sept. 6), only played two-of-three games against Arizona State (Sept. 20)... Despite the setback, she averaged a .358 attack percentage for the year in addition to 2.65 kills, 0.21 service aces, 1.14 digs, 1.22 blocks and 3.62 points per game... Finished second on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 in both hitting percentage and blocking average... Named to the All-Pac-10 first team and AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention... In her first full match back on the court at Arizona, she hit a season-best .733 (11-0-15) - a mark which ties for sixth among USC's all-time match records... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 23 for her performances against Arizona State and Arizona...Set a career-mark at Washington State (Oct. 26) by contributing 20.0 points in the match, including eight blocks and 15 kills... Averaged a .333 attack percentage, 2.75 kills and 1.20 blocks per game throughout the NCAA Tournament... Named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team... In the NCAA Championship match against Stanford (Dec. 21), she contributed 16 kills, a .500 attack percentage and a total of 16.5 points to be named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team.
2001 Sophomore Season
Olsovsky enjoyed her most successful season yet as a sophomore... Started in all 29 matches and played in 99 games... Led the team and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.28 blocks per game... Also ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in attack percentage (.387), a mark which is sixth all-time among USC single-season records... Averaged 2.35 kills, 0.12 service aces, 2.11 digs and 3.24 points per game... Named to the AVCA All-American second team and Volleyball Magazine All-American honorable mention list... Honored to the AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 first team... Collected a career-high nine blocks against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 18)... Against the Bay Area schools she posted two impressive performances, including a 10-kill (.600, 10-1-15), 10-dig and five-block effort against Stanford (Oct. 12)... Against Cal (Oct. 13), she tallied a .733 attack percentage (11-0-15) with an error-free performance - the mark ranks sixth among USC match records... She was honored as Pac-10 and AVCA National Player of the Week (Oct. 15) for the two outings... The following week she contributed 14 kills (.636, 14-0-22), 11 digs and five blocks against Pepperdine (Oct. 16) and 10 kills (.391, 10-1-23), 10 digs and tied a career high with nine blocks against UCLA (Oct. 19) to earn a second-consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 22) honor... She is the second person in conference history to earn the consecutive honor... In the second meeting against Cal (Nov. 9) she set another record with a .778 (14-0-18) attack percentage to claim the No. 2 spot among USC match records... Tallied another career-high nine blocks against Oregon State (Nov. 20)... She also surpassed her personal best in attack percentage with a .786 (11-0-14) mark against the Beavers (one attack shy of qualifying for USC record)... Averaged a .333 hitting percentage, 1.9 kills, 3.4 digs (including a career-high 16 digs against Arizona, Dec. 7) and 1.8 blocks per game (including a career-high nine blocks against Ohio State, Dec. 6) in the NCAA Regionals and was named to the NCAA Region II All-Tournament team... During the summer of 2002 she trained with the USA A2 Women's National Phase I Team and played in the Pan America Cup in June in Tijuana, Mexico
2000 Freshman Season
In her first season, Olsovsky played in 31 of 32 matches and 103 games... Named Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American Honorable Mention, she finished second on the team and third in the Pac-10 with 1.18 blocks per game and sixth in the conference with a .359 attack percentage... Honored as All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team... Made her collegiate debut as a starter against Texas (Sept. 1), hitting .500 and collecting seven kills... Nine times she hit above .500 in a match... Added a season-high seven blocks to lead the squad against Cal (Sept. 23)... Against Oregon (Sept. 30), she recorded a .688 attack percentage, 11 kills, no errors and 16 attacks - the mark ranked 10th among USC records... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 20 after hitting .510 with 32 kills (4.57 kpg) and committing only six errors in 51 attempts for the week against WSU (Nov. 17) and Washington (Nov. 18)... She had 20 kills (.594), five digs and four blocks against the Cougars, and hit .368 with 12 kills and three blocks against the Huskies... Named to the Pacific Regional all-tournament team after an outstanding performance against Penn State (Dec. 8) with 12 kills, no errors, 16 attacks and six blocks... Her .750 hitting percentage against the Nittany Lions in a single-match was a season-best and ranked third among USC records... The following summer (2001) she helped the U.S.A. Junior National Volleyball Team qualify for the World Championships with a third place finish at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, as the starting middle blocker... Led the U.S.A. in attack percentage throughout the tournament (.444).
Olsovsky is a 2000 graduate of Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, Calif. ... A four-year varsity letterwinner at outside hitter and middle blocker... Among her many accolades, as a senior she was named South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year, CIF Division I MVP (a title she also received as a junior and shared with Trojan teammate Tracy Lindquist) and the Del Rey League MVP for the third time in her career... A four-time Paul Mitchell Prep All-American, she led her squad to the league, CIF and state championship in 1999, 1998 and 1996... She was a four-time first team All-CIF, all-area and all-league selection... Received the Coaches Award twice (1997, 1998)... Was named to the all-tournament team at the prestigious Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions... Named to the Volleyball Fab 50... Was selected for the 2000 Junior National Team... Played club volleyball with Ichiban, under head coach Roger Goodwin, and the Spoilers... With Ichiban, the team took third at the Las Vegas Invitational (2000) and won the 1999 Nike Junior Olympic Volleyball Championship... She was a four-year member of the USA Volleyball Youth National Team that took sixth at the 1999 World Championships and first at the 1998 NORCECA Championships... Academically, she made the Dean's list each semester since her freshman year... A member of USC's No. 1 ranked recruiting class of 2000... Played with the 2000 Junior National Team following graduation.
Kathleen Honorah Olsovsky was born on Jan. 3, 1982, in Torrance, Calif. ... The daughter of Bill and Mary Olsovsky, she has one brother, Will, and one sister, Cari... Would love to visit Australia, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland one day... Enjoys eating, shopping and hanging out with friends... A public policy, management and planning major.