Libero Katelin Batten has played a big part in the Rams 7-3 start. The 5-foot-5 sophomore volleyball player is coming off a phenomenal freshman year in which she was the only player to compete in every game for CSU. She also set a record for digs by a freshman with 438. She is on pace to surpass last year’s total with 148 digs already this season.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Q: What’s your best childhood memory?
A: Playing tackle football in my neighbor’s back yard with five guys. I was the only girl.
Q: What else do you like to do for fun?
A: Hang out with my church a lot, AIA (Athletes In Action), and stuff like that.
I like to write. I like writing stories for my news writing class. I also like to write poetry sometimes.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Ice cream.
Q: What’s your favorite type of music and who is your favorite band?
A: Country. Carolina Rain.
Q: For how long have you played volleyball competitively?
A: Nine years.
Q: What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
A: Competing to be the best in my spot. There are a lot of girls in my spot (libero) everywhere you go.
Q: How would you judge your performance thus far this season?
A: Pretty good. I still think there’s a lot of room for improvement.
Q: What are your goals individually this season?
A: To improve on everything I was working on last year. I would like to be libero of the conference, but I always just want to get better.
Q: What do you anticipate in the match against Utah this weekend?
A: They’re going to be really good. There is always a lot of emotion going into this match, so both teams are going to be really fired up. They’re going to give us some good competition. It’s going to be a close match.
Q: What are your thoughts on the BYU match?
A: The BYU fans are really rowdy. It’s always fun to play there. It’s hard to play, there’s tons of fans and there’s so much emotion.
Volleyball beat reporter Brandon Owens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.