Blazers, Noles play first sanctioned collegiate sand volleyball match
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Competed in 31 matches, starting all 31...saw the court in 100 total sets...ended the season in second on UAB in kills with 281...2.81 kills per set average topped the club and ranked 19th in C-USA...totaled 284 digs for a per set average of 2.84...even better in league games at 2.97 kills per set, ranking 17th...tied with Alison Woods for a team-best 12 double-doubles...added 44 total blocks and 25 service aces...ace total was one off the team-high...reached double-digit kills 17 times...collected 10+ digs in 15 matches...had a 17-kill, 18-dig outing at UCF on Oct. 8...rocketed a career-high 21 kills at a personal-best .517 (21k-1e-35ta) clip on Nov. 20 at Marshall....the 21 kills at Marshall were the most by a UAB player in 2011...named to the Kennesaw State Owls Classic all-tournament team.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010) Played in 31 of UAB's 32 matches with 27 starts in her first season with the Blazers ... ranked in the top four on the team in digs, kills and blocks - third with 199 digs (1.99 per set), fourth with 201 kills (2.01 per set) and fourth with 42 blocks (0.42 per set) ... tied with Alison Woods for the team-lead in service aces with 23 ... recorded two double-doubles - 10 kills and 17 digs Sept. 18 versus UTSA; 11 kills and 11 digs Nov. 5 at Houston ... her 11 kills against the Cougars matched her season-high set Oct. 3 at Marshall ... posted four matches with double-figure kills and reached nine kills six other times ... managed double-digit digs on 10 occasions, including a season-best 20 digs Nov. 21 against UCF.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009 AT HUTCHINSON [KAN.] COMMUNITY COLLEGE) A second-team all-conference performer in 2009 ... averaged 2.14 kills per set and 1.22 blocks per frame ... helped her team to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 NJCAA Championship ... posted more blocks than any other player at the national tournament ... a Dean's List selection.
HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterwinner at Ogallala High School for head coach Steve Morgan... a four-time all-area player ... selected as a second-team all-state performer and area player of the year as a senior in 2008 ... member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
PERSONAL Katharine Zola Morrell ... born Feb. 28, 1991 in Ogallala, Neb. ... daughter of Bud and Kim Morrell ... has two brothers, Nick and Nate ... majoring in communications with a minor in exercise science.