by Kevin Hulsmann, CWRU Sports Information
Case Western Reserve University junior Katie Kaminski has been a major factor for the Spartans on the court for all three of her years on the volleyball team. This past fall, Kaminski was named to the All-University Athletic Association Second Team for the first time in her career. She appeared in all 29 matches and played a total of 114 sets during the year, finishing second on the team with a .305 hitting percentage. Kaminski ranked third on the squad with 247 kills (2.17 per set) and second with 68 total blocks (including 14 solo). She also added 247 digs and 21 service aces during the season.
Kaminski's efforts throughout the season helped CWRU finish fifth at the 2019 UAA Championships. This was the first time since the 2017 season that the Spartans had finished fifth at the conference tournament. During her first three seasons as a Spartan, Kaminski has recorded a .316 hitting percentage which currently ranks second in program history.
Off the court, Kaminski, a Marketing and Psychology double major, served as the Vice President of Marketing for her sorority, Alpha Phi. In that role, she was in charge of merchandise, social media, and alumnae and parent relations.
"Initially, I went through recruitment as a way to meet new people," said Kaminski. "Being in a fall sport, I had only really known my teammates and we all sort of went through it together. During recruitment, the girls in Alpha Phi were really inspiring to me and I wanted to be like them. Once in the chapter, I wasn't sure how invested I would be, but with the encouragement of my big I ran for VP of Marketing and found the position to be a good learning experience for me. Through Alpha Phi I found lifelong friends and women who support me through anything."
In the summer of 2019, Kaminski worked at Speedway, LCC in Dayton, Ohio as a Marketing intern. Her internship provided an experience that she should be able to carry into her future career.
"At Speedway I was able to experience a few different departments within marketing," said Kaminski. "I spent time in Price Book, Planogram, and Marketing Analytics. I was able to learn a lot seeing multiple sides to marketing, but I found Marketing Analytics to be of most interest to me and I look forward to pursuing a career in that field in the future."
"At CWRU, I am studying Marketing and Psychology and originally wanted to do something in Consumer Behavior," said Kaminski. "However, I also feel passionately about Marketing Analytics and would be happy doing something in that field as well. I hope to continue playing volleyball in my free time and perhaps try coaching wherever I end up. I would love to give younger girls the same opportunities that I had."
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