#17 Katie Layman
|HIGH SCHOOL||New Prairie|
2009: Appeared in all 33 matches for the Crusaders during junior year, playing in 116 of the season’s 118 sets ... paced the Valpo squad in blocks/set (0.63) ... reached double figures in kills four times on the season ... also picked up five or more blocks on four occasions ... tallied season-best seven blocks Sept. 5 vs. South Dakota ... registered seven kills on just 13 swings, good for a .538 hitting percentage, in sweep of Murray State Sept. 11 ... picked up five blocks Sept. 25 against Wright State ... set a new career high with 13 kills Oct. 6 in sweep over Green Bay ... just four days later, registered 11 kills in winning effort at Loyola ... tallied five rejections Oct. 11 at UIC ... posted 12 kills on .435 hitting at IUPUI Oct. 20 ... totaled five blocks Oct. 23 at Cleveland State ... hit .643 with nine kills at Wright State Oct. 24 ... recorded 11 kills at Butler Oct. 30 ... earned spot on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll for both the fall and spring semesters.
2008: Saw action in 13 matches as a sophomore, appearing in 29 sets ... put up 1.66 kills/set and 0.41 blocks/set ... stepped up when called upon off the bench Sept. 27 at Milwaukee, hitting .450 with 10 kills against the eventual league champions ... posted five kills on just eight swings in one set of action Oct. 4 against Youngstown State ... made most of start Nov. 14 at Chicago State, registering 10 kills for the third time in her career while swinging at a .368 clip ... also posted season-best total of seven blocks against the Cougars ... closed season with five kills in sweep of eventual Sweet 16 participant Western Michigan Nov. 29 ... earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll mention during both the fall and spring semesters.
2007: Appeared in 88 games over 22 matches ... averaged 1.01 kills and 0.98 blocks/game on the season ... led Crusaders in blocking ... registered four or more blocks in first six full matches of career and 13 times in total ... made debut Sept. 15 at Bowling Green after missing first 10 matches of season due to injury ... registered first career kill against the Falcons ... led Crusaders in blocks 16 times as a freshman, including eight straight matches beginning Sept. 21 against UIC ... helped Valpo to victory in league opener against the Flames with six kills and four blocks ... tallied six blocks in win over Loyola the next night ... registered five rejections Sept. 25 versus Bradley ... put up six blocks and five kills in victory at Butler Sept. 29 ... recorded nine kills on .333 hitting to go with a then-season best seven blocks at Green Bay Oct. 6 ... posted five blocks and four kills Oct. 26 against Milwaukee ... chipped in six rejections the next night versus Green Bay ... led Valpo defensively in win over Milwaukee in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship on Nov. 17, racking up a career-high eight rejections ... stood out offensively in league championship match Nov. 18 versus Cleveland State, posting double figures in kills for the first time in her career ... ended match against the Vikings with 10 kills on .529 hitting.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Cougars ... a two-time Northern State Conference All-Conference recipient ... helped Cougars to NSC championship in 2003 ... New Prairie also captured a co-championship in 2005 ... was named to LaPorte Herald Argus All-Area second team as a junior ... served as a team captain as a senior ... named to Herald Argus and Michigan City News Dispatch All-Area first teams in 2006 ... team MVP as a senior ... member of the Kankakee Valley All-Tournament team ... a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Layman is the daughter of Butch and Pam Layman ... majors are communication law and political science ... has received Presidential academic honors during her time at Valpo ... born Feb. 17, 1989.