Ferrin rises to the top at Chapman (Volleyball)

December 10, 2010

In her first season as a starter with the Chapman University volleyball squad, sophomore Kate Ferrin of Anchorage enjoyed a dream season by earning All-Region, All-Independent and All-American honors.

But you don’t have to worry about her getting a big head or anything.

It was only a year ago that Ferrin was riding the pine as a benchwarmer before reaching the top.

“I feel so honored and proud that I have had the opportunity to prove myself to everyone who has ever doubted me,” Ferrin told me. “Going from literally sitting the bench almost the entire season to becoming the starting middle blocker to becoming an All-American is just so mind-blowing for me. I am so proud of the person I have become today and this has only made me hungrier for success.”

She is only the fourth volleyball player to earn All-American recognition.

Ferrin, of Grace Christian fame, led D3 Chapman in blocks (48) and attack percentage (.299) while ranking second in kills (294). Her stats are All-American worthy, yet it still smacked her like a spike.

“It was all such a shock,” she said. “I immediately called my mom and told her to put the phone on speaker and I could hear her crying. I thanked the Lord for such an amazing blessing. It was just an incredible moment I will never forget.”

The 5-foot-10 Ferrin was born to play volleyball and in many ways the sport has shaped who she is today.

She had always been a strong-minded player in high school and that resolve was tested in her freshman season Chapman when she didn’t get much playing time. It messed with her head. She was ashamed of herself.

But it didn’t last.

“That only pushed me,” she said. “I became so determined and so focused that everything in my life became based off of volleyball. If something wasn’t going to add to my game either mentally or physically, I didn’t do it. Volleyball has kept me grounded. It has never been merely a game to me.”

Ferrin is just as passionate about her grades. The English major with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in Athletic Leadership has collected nearly as much hardware off the court as in the classroom. She has been named to the Chancellor’s List and AVCA All-Academic Team as well as receiving the scholar-athlete award at her school.

Indeed, Ferrin has reached the pinnacle of her volleyball career. She doesn’t take it for granted, and she never forgets where she came from.

She’s quick to credit her high school coach Connie Weisenfelder for making her the player she has become, transforming her from arrogant to All-American.

“I owe my success to this amazing woman,” Ferrin said. “She believed in me. She changed me. Her dedication has made me into the humble player I have become today.”

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