Freshman Katie Houser

Volleyball Meet The Freshmen: Katie Houser

Sept. 30, 2015

The University of Notre Dame volleyball program welcomed seven newcomers to the team in August to gear up for the 2015 season. The group comes to the Irish from California, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia and covers every position on the court.

In a Q&A series that was popular last year, it’s time for Irish fans to meet the group and learn a little more about them as the Irish continue ACC play at Purcell Pavilion this weekend (Boston College – 7 p.m. ET Friday & Syracuse – 12 p.m. ET Sunday).

Here are the previous editions:

Kelly Byrne: Here

Ryann DeJarld: HereKristin Baer: Here

Meg Morningstar: Here

Rebecca Nunge: Here

Next Up: Katie Houser

Hometown: Winchester, Virginia

High School: James Wood High School

Potential Major: Business / Studio Art

The best thing about my hometown: Apple Blossom

Favorite place on campus so far: The Grotto

What drew me to Notre Dame: My Faith

A hobby that most people wouldn’t know about: Back home I was a beekeeper. I love bugs.

Favorite phone app: Snapchat

Sport I’d play if it wasn’t volleyball: Definitely basketball

Game-day superstition (if any): Hail Mary’s during the national anthem

What makes volleyball so special to me: The amazing friends I’ve made and the places it has taken me.

Favorite food: Smoothies

Favorite TV Show: American Ninja Warrior

Favorite song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Secret (or not so secret) talent: I’m actually a dancer. S/O to Notre Dame’s breakdancing club, Pfresh, for letting me join.

How would your teammates describe you: Hard worker

Personal possession I couldn’t live without: I’d like to think I could live without possessions.

The people I look up to the most and why: Erick Green – He plays in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and also is a friend from my hometown. It’s crazy how hard he works and I always like to remember if he can make it, so can I.

James Frisby – My athletic trainer from back home. He helped me get back from an injury I thought would end my dreams of playing college ball. Great guy.

Advice that has stuck with me: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” -Coach John Wooden

–Russell Dorn, Athletics Communications Assistant Director