University of Iowa Athletics

#21 Catherine Smale

Height 6-1
Class Jr.
Hometown St. Charles, Ill.
High School Rosary
Catherine Smale - Volleyball - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Item… Seventh player in school history to collect 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career…finished career ranked eighth in career kills (1,315) and 13th in career digs (1,073).

2008 as a Senior… Started all 32 matches and 116 sets…led the team and ranked 10th in the Big Ten with 380 kills (3.28 per set)… second on the team with 276 digs… career high .514 attack percentage vs. Western Kentucky (Aug. 30)… led the team with 10 double-doubles… posted 20 or more kills twice.

2007 as a Junior… Played in 18 matches and 52 games… missed eight matches due to an ankle injury… third on the team with 2.46 kills per game (128 total)… averaged 2.13 digs… 17 digs with a .385 hitting percentage at Ohio State (Oct. 6)… 14 kills and 13 digs against Wisconsin (Oct. 13)… 11 kills, eight digs and two block assists at Michigan (Nov. 5).

2006 as a Sophomore… Saw action in 31 matches and 112 games… led the team with 3.27 kills per game… also averaged 3.34 digs per game… third on the team with 20 service aces… averaged 3.49 kills per game in Big Ten play… had a career-high 27 kills against Purdue (Oct. 7)… recorded 24 kills and a career-high 28 digs against Florida-Atlantic (Sept. 9)… had 12 kills and hit at a season-high .407 clip against UMKC (Sept. 9)… tallied 23 kills and 15 digs against Illinois (Nov. 3)… recorded 21 kills and 17 digs against North Dakota State (Sept. 29)… had 14 kills and 20 digs against Creighton (Sept. 2)… posted 14 kills and 25 digs against Indiana (Oct. 28).

2005 as a Freshman… Selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team… named team Most Valuable Player… saw action in all 33 matches and 122 games… led the team with 3.61 kills per game… set an Iowa freshman record with 441 kills… named to the Coastal Carolina Classic all-tournament team… recorded a season-high 22 kills against IUPUI (Sept. 3) and East Tennessee (Sept. 17)… also added a season-best 22 digs against IUPUI… had double-digits in kills in 25 matches… recorded 18 kills and 18 digs against Michigan State (Nov. 4)… registered 20 kills on a season-high 63 attempts and 17 digs in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Northern Iowa (Sept. 27)… had 14 kills and hit at a .417 clip against No. 2 Penn State (Oct. 21).

High School… SCC Co-Player of the Year senior year…was voted to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette First Team All-State her senior year… was the Aurora Beacon, Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald Tri-Cities Player of the Year in 2004… holds the school record for most kills in a season with 359 her senior year… holds the record with most career kills with 1135… career digs record holder with 723… played club volleyball for Sports Performance… in 2003, club team won Northeast Qualifier, Tampa Qualifier, National Junior Classic Tournament and AAU National Tournament… was named the MVP of the AAU National Tourament and part of the AAU All-American team… four-year honor roll student.

Personal… Born 2/12/1987… parents are Mike and Mary Smale… has two older siblings, Kristine and Mike… health and sports studies major.