Illinois will face Big Ten-foe Purdue Friday at State Farm Center in the NCAA Regional Semifinal
Jocelynn Birks registered her 19th career 20-kill match with 22
Beltran clinches fourth straight season on Illinois' top-10 digs list
Illinois captured its eighth win over a ranked opponent in 2013
Morganne Criswell topped her career high with 21 kills
2013: Appeared in 19 matches as a true freshman, making four starts ... Hit .252 with 40 blocks, 42 kills, five digs and an assist in 44 sets ... Made her first career appearance at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, getting the start at middle blocker against LBSU, where she registered two blocks ... Started against Arizona State, tallying seven kills (.429) and seven blocks in the Illini's 3-2 victory ... Hit .444 with five kills against No. 6 Washington ... Earned the start at Duke, recording eight blocks and five kills, leading Illinois to victory in the first set with five blocks in the frame ... Tallied five kills and three blocks against No. 4 Penn State ... Registered a kill on two swings in the third set at No. 16 Wisconsin ... Had a kill and a block in the third set at No. 11 Nebraska ... Proved a momentum changer in the second set against No. 13 Michigan State, slamming a kill on her second play to end a 9-0 Spartans run ... Made her first career Big Ten start on Nov. 15 against Indiana, hitting .333 with four kills and three blocks in the full match ... Stuffed three blocks in the fourth set at No. 2 Penn State ... Played the final three sets against Marquette, tallying five blocks and four kills to lead the Illini to a comeback victory in the NCAA Second Round.
First Team AVCA/Under Armour High School All-American 2012 ... Ranked No. 51 in the nation on PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... JVA All-National Team 2013 ... First Team WVCA all-state 2011, 2012 ... First Team All-WI Little Ten Conference 2011, 2012 ... WI Little Ten Player of the Year 2012 ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel First Team All-Area 2011, 2012 ... Third-team all-state 2010 ... Second-team all-conference 2010 ... All-area honorable mention 2010 ... PrepVolleyball.com "Soph 79" list ... A four-year starter for Watertown Unified High School under coach Travis Hull ... Led the Goslings to three WI Little Ten Conference titles and the 2011 WIAA Division I State Semifinals ... Tallied 1,864 kills, 584 digs, 495 blocks, 80 assists and 91 aces in high school, including 644 kills (5.55/set) as a senior ... Hit .298 as a RS her freshman year, then moved to middle blocker as a sophomore more she hit .476 with 526 kills ... Watertown team captain 2011, 2012 ... Played club for Milwaukee Sting under coach Dave Galewski ... Placed second at AAU Nationals in 2011 and fifth in 2009 ... AAU 15U All-American 2009 ... AAU 17U All-American 2011.
Born Katherine Ann Stadick on March 25, 1995, in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Daughter of Bill and Judy Stadick ... Has three siblings, Deb, Rob and Scott ... All six members of her family play volleyball ... Parents and brother Rob played at Wheaton College ... Sister Deb played volleyball at Iowa State from 2008-12 ... Younger brother Scott plays club volleyball ... The Illini's first volleyball player from Wisconsin since 1994 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Plans to major in Kinesiology and FSHN ... Career aspirations include working as the dietitian for a sports team or opening her own fitness club as a trainer.
K: 7 vs. Arizona State (9/13/13)
TA: 14, 2x-last at Duke (9/21/13)
Pct: .444 vs. Washington (9/13/13)
A: 1 at Ohio State (11/22/13)
D: 2 vs. Minnesota (11/30/13)
BS: 1, 2x-last at Penn State (11/23/13)
BA: 7, 2x-last at Duke (9/21/13)
TB: 8 at Duke (9/21/13)
Career Plans: Major in Kinesiology and FSHN
Fun fact: When I was 13, I set a 5-1 and our team took second at Nationals.
Favorite Movie: She's the Man
Movie you've seen in theatres that you've regretted seeing the most: Promethius
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Mullens Dairy Bar
Favorite Midnight Snack: Frosted Mini Wheats
Three things on your "bucket list" (do before you die): Travel to Paris, play beach doubles with my sister, and eat a pizza in Naples
What are you most proud of? On a bike trip with my family, I biked 365 miles in 7 days when I was 9 years old.
Famous person you admire and why? Kerri Walsh, because she balances having a family and also being a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? I would invest in Nike, I would pay off my siblings'/cousin's college bills, take my whole extended family on a cruise, buy Nike shoes, and buy a house that has a whole closet just for my Nike shoes.
Books you've read in the past year: Safe Haven, A Mother's Hope, Safekeeping, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and of course, my Bible.
Favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" -Michael Jordan
When you surf the web, page you most often go to: Facebook and Pinterest
Your favorite sundae topping: Homemade Hot Fudge
Your weirdest quirk: My brother would say that I always seem to leave one bite of food left on my plate that I just can't finish.
Favorite professional sports team: Bears
Favorite TV Show: Psych
Favorite Musical Group: Rascal Flatts
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Venice, Italy; because I think it would be beautiful and it is unique because it is built on water.
Secret talent: I can jiggle my eyes rapidly
What is your favorite game? Phase Ten
Lucky number: 3
Favorite subject in high school: English
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Winning a gold medal at the Olympics in beach doubles with my sister!
Who did you idolize growing up: Debbie, my sister