Douglass senior Katelyn Moore is a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs and has been a force since her freshman year in high school.
Where Moore really shines is on the volleyball court as a outside hitter, earning all-state honors each of the last two seasons as a sophomore and junior. She is also an all- league selection in softball and volleyball for Douglass High.
Moore helped her team to a 26-9 record in volleyball last season under head coach Leanna Brady. In addition to all-state honors she earned All-Tournament Team at Clearwater and registered 398 kills, 267 digs and 114 aces.
Moore’s play ultimately landed her a scholarship at the University of Central Missouri, one of the nations best Division II programs in the history of Division II volleyball.
Moore is also an outstanding student with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She is way ahead of schedule as she is already taking college classes and will graduate with her associates degree in Health Science in May, the same month she will be graduating high school, which is one heck of an accomplishment.
For right now Moore is worried about volleyball season and enjoying her senior year. Douglass has four starters returning and will open up the 2018 campaign on August 28th versus West Elk and Flint Hills at Flint Hills.
We caught up with the outstanding senior student athlete below in the lates Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Sisters Veterinary Clinic is proud to support Douglass High School Volleyball and Katelyn Moore. Dr. Monica More & Dr. April Horn wish Katelyn best of luck in 2018.
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How did you get involved in volleyball?
My mother signed me up for rec volleyball when I was in fourth grade and my best friend in middle school introduced me to club volleyball and I’ve been in love with the game ever since.
What are your goals this season?
My goals this season are to lead my team with a positive and encouraging attitude, make it to state, and make first team all-state.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I think we do have a shot. We’ve got a lot of talent in this year’s class and if we can play as a team and play unselfish we absolutely have a shot.
What makes you such a force as a player?
What makes me a force as a player is my competitiveness. I am constantly competing rather it’s against the other team or just myself. I always find ways to make things a competition and that has pushed me to have the drive I do now not just in volleyball but in sports in general.
What’s the atmosphere like to play sports in your town?
The atmosphere in Douglass is amazing. They support the volleyball team so well and it makes the home games so much fun. Not only do people come to the home games they also drive to the away games and help give us spirit when we’re on the road. The student section is always loud and rowdy which really helps keep the team’s energy high. I couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere from this town.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Douglass volleyball games are always full of energy and excitement. Not only is the team loud and energetic our crowd is as well. We’ve got a couple girls that put the ball away and some great diggers to back us up. If anyone is looking to watch a game that they can really get into and be apart of, a Douglass volleyball game is the game for them.
Who are other key players on your team?
I think the key players for my team this year are Myself, Greely Munroe and Jansyn Schamahorn. We are the leaders of the team this year and the team’s energy is dependent on our energy. So we’ve really got to come out this year and know that we have to continually stay up and positive even if we’re not having our best game. We’ve got 8 seniors on the team this year so we’re a very close team and I think that will be an advantage throughout the season.
Favorite thing about volleyball and sports in general?
My favorite thing about volleyball and sports is competition. I love game days, but who doesn’t, and I am definitely a gamer.
What’s it like to be a multiple sport athlete?
It is very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. At a school as small as Douglass everyone has to play everything and I think that builds comradery because we go straight from playing volleyball together to playing basketball together to playing softball/track together. We basically play with each other all year-round so your teammates become your best friends and I think that’s why female athletics at Douglass have been so successful in the past years. Being a multiple sports athlete also helps you grow as a person because you have to learn to accept failure, learn your weaknesses, and to put others before yourself.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Playing for Coach Braddy has been one of the best experiences in my life. She is always pushing us to get better and has taught us to play as a unit. One of the best qualities about her is that she not only cares about who you are as an athlete but who you are as a person. She puts so much time and effort into her players she’s like a second mom, or the players like to call her, Grandma.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better and plans to get better this summer?
My team showed up to everything volleyball session and the summer conditioning/weights program all summer. We had a lot of participation from this year’s senior class in summer workouts and I’m hoping that it pays off this season. This summer after highschool I’ll be on my own for workouts and conditioning so I’ll really have to find motivation in the summer to push myself and keep getting better.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I got a lot of interest from college in the winter and spring of my junior year and after a long recruiting process I verbally committed in April of 2018. My plans are to attend the University of Central Missouri and play volleyball there. I am so excited be a part of the Jennie’s family and can’t wait to be up in Warrensburg next year.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not playing volleyball is being around my family. We are very close and they’ve always supported me. My younger siblings are like my best friends, I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m hoping to be graduated and on my way to creating a stable and rewarding future for myself. I’m not sure what I’m majoring in yet but I know it will be in the medical field.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject in school would have tobe math and I’ve kept a 4.0 GPA through high school. I’m enrolled in a program called the Early College Academy that allows me to take college classes for the first half of the day Monday through Friday. With this program I will graduate with my associates degree in Health Science this May, the same month I’ll be graduating from high school and I think that’s a huge accomplishment.
Who is your role model?
My Role Model is my 4 year old cousin Reese Horn. Reese was diagnosed with Leukemia last September the day before her 4th birthday and even though she was fighting for her life for months she strayed full of energy and spirit and kicked cancers butt. I know it is unusual to have your role model be someone younger than you but Reese has been through more than most people I know and has kept a high spirit and continued to love Jesus through it all.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Douglass doesn’t have very many restaurants but the best one is definitely The Triangle.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about me is that I’m extremely compassionate towards physically and mentally handicapped people because I have a special needs brother.