Women's Volleyball

Kathryn  Polkoff
Kathryn Polkoff


Wilmette, Ill.

High School:
New Trier




Illini Collect 59 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


Four Illini Earn Big Ten Postseason Honors

Jocelynn Birks garners her second straight unanimous All-Big Ten selection


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


Volleyball Alumni Exhibition

The women's volleyball team competed in an intrasquad competition at Huff Hall on Saturday, August 23. Several former Illini players were recognized prior to the exhibition.


2014 Volleyball Media Day

Photos from Volleyball Media Day on August 12, 2014


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
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
Academic All-Big Ten
Illini Leader of Merit Award
Academic All-Big Ten
Illini Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award

Match-By-Match Stats: 2013 | 2014

2014: Saw action against Southern Illinois at the Illini Classic but did not record any statistics ... Graduated in just three years with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and will participate as a graduate student in 2015.

2013: Played in three matches as a sophomore, stuffing 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 the third set at No. 16 Wisconsin.

2012: Earned a varsity letter, but did not see action.

High School

Member of New Trier team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011 and won the the IHSA 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 ... Majoring in animal science ... 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, Kip, Kippy, Kipper, Skip
Career Plans: Science! Perhaps a professor
Fun Fact: I played field hockey instead of volleyball in 7th and 8th grade.
Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, Tangled, Gladiator, The Dark Knight
Movie You Regret Seeing in Theatres: Cloverfield
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Portillos
Favorite Midnight Snack:Mini Wheats in a coffee mug.
What's on your "Bucket List"?: Backpack around Europe, write a book, learn to play piano, see the Northern Lights.
Favorite TV Shows: Friends, Mad Men, Sherlock
What are you most proud of and why? Being a part of this amazing program with these amazing people.
Favorite Book: Heart of Darkness
Favorite quote: "Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards." - Lone Survivor
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:Peanut Butter Oreo
Weirdest Quirk: Everything about me is a weird quirk.