Focused Ferrin is killing it on court (Volleyball)

September 16, 2011
Kate Ferrin

After earning All-America honors season last year, Chapman University volleyball star Kate Ferrin of Anchorage probably dreamed of a similar encore.

Turns out it the sequel might be better.

Ferrin, of Grace Christian fame, is on pace to surpass last season’s 294-kill total thanks to a quick start that has seen her slam 143 kills in just 11 matches, not even half the season.

“Being one of the returning starters from last season has certainly put an amount of pressure of my ability to perform,” she told me. “I need to be able to step up to the plate and perform when my team needs me.”

So far she’s been on target, helping the Panthers post an 8-3 start.

Her rise from benchwarmer to All-American is inspirational. But her consistency once she has reached the top is impressive.

“I worked a lot on the power and speed of my arm swing,” she said. “Being a main hitter on the team I need to be able to put the ball down.”

Ferrin was on target tonight when she delivered 16 kills and a .371 attack percentage in three-set sweep of Whittier College in NCAA D3 action.

She said her success isn’t by accident.

“I have learned that if I fully dedicate myself every time I step onto the court things seem to fall into place,” Ferrin said. “Determination and perseverance have always been key components … and last season has only made me hungrier.”