Name: Kimi Foytich Kathrine Whitney
Position: Setter/Defensive Specialist Defensive
Year: Senior Sophomore
Hometown: Aurora Boulder
Random fact: Born in Honolulu, Hawaii Transferred from Seton
Hall last year
Digging vicious spikes, returning punishing jump serves and
diving into crowds to recover wayward shanks may not glean the most
attention on the volleyball court. However, every kill needs a set
up from a stellar pass – which is a specialty of both Kathrine
Whitney and Kimi Foytich.
This defensive duo displays courage and athleticism as it faces
a firing squad of attacks from sweet-swinging opponents. Whitney
and Foytich both describe themselves as intense players on the
court, but that is where their similarities end.
Passing by the women’s locker room after a volleyball practice,
people might hear Foytich – if she were to be caught singing in the
showers – serenading teammates and unsuspecting passers-by with
Gavin DeGraw, John Mayer or Maroon 5. In contrast, Whitney would be
rolling with some Stones, Hendrix or Dave Matthews.
On the fashion front, Foytich keeps it low-key by chilling in
sweats, her essential clothing item. In response to asking if she
would get a tattoo, she said that she would “no, not ever” think of
Whitney sports Reefs, the sandals, with particular brio. If she
were to visit a tattoo artist, she would get a “completely random”
Celtic design that her mom gave her, but she said that she “thinks
she would get sick of it in a few years.”
The two defensive specialists do agree on one thing – life
outside of school and Moby Arena is a bit nonexistent. In her few
minutes of downtime, Foytich prefers to sleep. Whitney is still
trying to fit that into her packed schedule.
Although they both enjoy Fort Collins and the community, Foytich
prefers to hang out at friends’ houses, while Whitney likes hiking
around Horsetooth Reservoir or driving up the Poudre Canyon.
When it comes to the palate, these two players both exhibit a
cultural yen. Whitney is a big fan of Mexican food, while Foytich
advocates anything Oriental.
What about life after volleyball and college?
Whitney plans to teach women’s health in the Peace Corps after
Foytich, who is pursuing a degree in biology, might like to work
in some avenue of bacteriology after taking general microbiology
with professor Erica Suchman.
“She’s like 90 pounds and makes me paranoid about touching stuff
and washing my hands,” Foytich said of her professor.
Aside from being intense on the court, Foytich describes her
playing style as “relaxed and having fun.” Her most memorable
experience playing volleyball came as a sophomore in high school
when she got to play with her older sister and win state.
Whitney said she is “loud and defensive” on the court and most
indelibly remembers serving up game point in the state finals game
as a high school sophomore.
Thus, while Foytich and Whitney display divergent propensities
and unique perspectives, these two athletes exhibit a synergistic
tenacity on the court that has helped the Rams batter opponents and
charge to a record of 8-1 this season.