Wolf at heart of Williamstown's volleyball success

As Williamstown's setter, Kat Wolf makes decisions for the volleyball team. "That makes me feel good," the senior said.
As Williamstown's setter, Kat Wolf makes decisions for the volleyball team. "That makes me feel good," the senior said.
Posted: October 09, 2012

Kat Wolf never gets to rise above the net and spike home a winner for the Williamstown volleyball team.

But as a setter, the senior plays a key role in the Braves' success. She had a team-best 57 digs and 304 assists through Friday as Williamstown fashioned a 16-1 record.

Question: How long have you been playing volleyball?

Answer: I didn't really start until freshman year. I went to some clinics and camps when I was younger but didn't play for a team.

Q: What's so special about being the setter?

A: You have to make a lot of decisions. Everybody says I have to be the brains of the team, so that makes me feel good. I know I have to keep everybody fired up. If I'm down, sometimes the rest of the team is down.

Q: Is it tough for you to stay upbeat all the time?

A: It's something I'm working on. My coach [Chris Sheppard] still says that sometimes in practice I'm a 'mopey dog.' I'm getting better at it. I played club [volleyball] for the first time last winter, and that really helped my confidence.

Q: Do you want to play volleyball in college?

A: Definitely. I'm considering Stockton, but I'm not sure yet. But I definitely want to play in college.

Q: Do you know what you'd like to study?

A: Special education and elementary education.

Q: What's your favorite subject in school?

A: English. I like to read.

Q: What are you guys reading now?

A: We just got done Beowulf. It was good, but it was kind of hard to follow because of the [Old English] language.

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Sarah Dessen [young adult fiction].

Q: What's your favorite movie of all time?

A:Ten Things I Hate About You.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?

A: Anything, really. I like country a lot, but I listen to pop, too.

Q: Who is your favorite country artist?

A: Jason Aldean.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?

A: My brothers [Andrew and William]. They were both volleyball players, and I guess that's why I took up the sport. Now I love it.

Q: What's the best thing about volleyball?

A: It's very team-oriented. You can't just have one good player. Everybody has to be good, and everybody has to play together and help each other. To me, the team is like a family.

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