7 Katie O'Connell
7 Katie O'Connell
Height: 6-0
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Ill.
High School: Chicago Mother McAuley
Position: Outside Hitter

The standout hitter is the daughter of John and Gina O'Connell and led Chicago's Mother McAuley High School to the Illinois State Championship. Her squad finished the year ranked #1 in the high school ranks by PrepVolleyball.com. She served as a team captain during her senior campaign and was an all-conference choice. The 6-0 O'Connell tallied 334 kills with 434 digs, 21 aces and 48 total blocks while hitting .302 overall in 42 matches as a senior while leading Mother McAuley to a 40-1 overall record. Her team claimed three regional championships during her career and twice won conference and sectional titles. She played club volleyball for Michio Chicago and comes from a volleyball family as her mother played for the University of St. Francis and her brother, J.T., played at St. Xavier University. The three-time all-academic choice was a National Honor Society member and a scholar-athlete.

Coach Brandel-Wilhelm Comments:
"Katie is a dynamic fluid athlete with the ability to terminate in the front row and contribute as a passer and defender in the back court. She is a hard worker who has competed at the highest level of high school and club volleyball. She has been an impact player and tremendous leader for her nationally-ranked high school team. She will be a fantastic addition to the Ferris State family."