Stony Brook turns to Anderson (Volleyball)

April 22, 2011
Katie Anderson

The Stony Brook University volleyball team ranked last in blocking and second-to-last in opponent’s hitting percentage in the America East Conference last season.

In need of a defensive stopper, the Seawolves turned to Anchorage’s Katie Anderson.

The 6-foot-3 middle blocker will provide Stony Brook’s frontline with some added punch as the team looks to bounce back from an 11-18 season.

Anderson, of Dimond High fame, will also bring a winning reputation after leading the Lynx to three Class 4A state championships. It’s a mindset she’s taking with her to Long Island, N.Y.

“Stony Brook hasn’t won its division, but they were really close the year before,” Anderson told me. “They really want to get those rings.”

So does Anderson. And so does Stony Brook head coach Deborah Matejka-DesLauriers, who lured her away from basketball despite being a McDonald’s All-American nominee.

“Katie has the potential to be a dominant middle blocker in our conference,” she said. “We are looking forward to adding her height to the middle position. She will change the stereotype that big people can’t pass.”

Anderson averaged a double-double in kills and blocked or altered shots.

“I like blocking,” she said. “I think my strong point is hitting, but I hope to improve me blocking and m foot speed this summer before I go down there.”

Anderson visited the Stony Brook campus for two days and loved every square mile.

“It was just right,” she said.

The campus is a 90-minute train ride from New York City and a 45-minute plane ride from her siblings in Washington, D.C.

“I kinda got a feel for where I will be,” she said. “The girls say they go to (NYC) for shows when they have time off.”

Her focus, though, is on lifting Stony Brook to new heights.

“It was the college that fit the best,” Anderson said. “Of course having the Division I label … it’s nice. I watched their level of play and thought I could fit in, so that was no big deal.

“My coach has a lot of faith in me. She sent me a little card – she’s so sweet – and it said that she wanted me to be the rookie of the year. I hope I can represent.”