Women's Volleyball

Kathryn Polkoff
Kathryn Polkoff


Wilmette, Ill.

High School:
New Trier




Illini Stop No. 16 Badgers in their Tracks, 3-1

Illinois captures its sixth victory over a ranked opponent in 2013


No. 14 San Diego Tops No. 18 Illini, 3-1

Illini out-block Toreros 15-6 but fall in four sets


Long Beach State Hands Illinois First Loss in Comeback Victory

The Illini won the first set but dropped the next three to fall, 3-1


Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0


Annual Alumni Match This Saturday, August 24

The current Fighting Illini will take on a team of Illini alumni


2013 Illinois Alumni Match

2013 Illinois Alumni Match


Illinois at Purdue (Sept. 29, 2012)

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.

Career Honors
2013 Academic All-Big Ten

At Illinois

Match-By-Match Stats: 2013

2013: Played in three matches as a sophomore, making two blocks ... Made her first career appearance at LBSU in the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, registering two blocks in the fourth set ... Came in as an extra blocker for a key point against No. 14 San Diego .. Saw action in in the third set at No. 16 Wisconsin.

2012: Earned a varsity letter.

High School

Member of New Trier team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011 and won the the Regional and Central Suburban League in 2010 ... Named an all-conference scholar-athlete team captain ... High school coach was Hannah Hsieh ... Played for Northshore Assault in 2010 (coached by Julie Wiejek), Energy in 2011 (coached by Mike Sopocy) and Rolling Thunder in 2012 (coached by Melissa Seelinger) ... Rolling Thunder placed 17th of 109 teams in the Great Lakes Power League and 9th of 140 teams at the AAU Nationals, and earned a bid to the JVA Power League Championships.


Daughter of Steve and Laura Polkoff ... Has one brother, Michael ... Plans to major in animal science and pursue a career in veterinary medicine ... Member of the New Trier Honor Society, the New Trier Service and NJCL Latin Honor Society ... Named an Illinois State Scholar.

Career Single-Match Highs

BA: 2 at Long Beach State (8/30/13)
TB: 2 at Long Beach State (8/30/13)


Getting to know Kathryn

Nicknames: KP
Fun Fact: I rode horses and worked at a stable for seven years.
Favorite Movie: The Italian Job, Good Will Hunting
Secret Talent: I can put a dab of whpped cream on my wrist and fling it into the air and catch it in my mouth.
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Walker Brother's Pancake House and Bobtail Ice Cream
Favorite Midnight Snack: Bowl of cereal in a coffee cup.
Famous person you admire and why: Beyonce because she is so awesome, pretty and girl power!
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A pony.
Book you've read in the past year: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Favorite quote: "Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have."
Favorite Sundae Topping: Caramel and banana
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite Professional Team: Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks
Favorite TV Shows: Lie to Me, Friday Night Lights and Friends
Favorite Musical Group: The Fray and Rascal Flatts
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why: New Zealand because of the beautiful landscape, awesome animals and cool accents.
Favorite Subject in School: English and Latin
Favorite Game: Catch Phrase