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Freshman Caroline Knop shares her thoughts on the team's heavy reliance on freshmen, having success as a 5-8 hitter and her clever headwear.
Freshman (2014) Posted career highs in both kills (16) and digs (18) in a five-set match at No. 15 Purdue (Sept. 26) ... Tallied 15 kills and 11 digs against No. 4 Wisconsin (Nov. 7) ... Had a double-double (14 kills, 11 digs) in a four-set win over Michigan State (Sept. 30) ... Put down 12 kills to go along with 10 digs in the win over No. 8 Nebraska (Oct. 12) ... Had 14 kills and 12 digs in a four-set win over No. 17 Ohio State (Nov. 15) ... In a five-set win over No. 19 Duke (Sept. 5), had 14 kills and eight digs ... In her first career match, had seven kills and eight digs in a win over Stephen F. Austin (Aug. 29) ... Led the Wolverines with 13 kills in the win over Maryland (Oct. 18) ... Tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs in a win over Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... Had 16 digs to go along with seven kills and three service aces in a five-set match at Arkansas (Aug. 30) ... Had a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs in the five-set match at Oregon State (Sept. 12) ... Registered 14 kills and six digs in a win over Youngstown State (Sept. 19) ... Posted 12 digs in the five-set match vs. No. 10 Illinois (Nov. 1) ... Led Michigan with 13 kills at No. 20 Ohio State (Oct. 25) ... Had three service aces in the three-set win over Eastern Michigan (Sept. 20) ... Tallied 15 digs at Indiana (Sept. 27) ...
Prep: LaSalle (2014) ... MaxPreps All-California first team (2011, '12, '13) ... Pasadena Star News All-Area first team (2012, '13) ... All-CIF Southern Section 1A team (2012) ... Durango Fall Classic All-Tournament team (2013) ... San Gabriel Valley Newspapers All-Area first team (2011) ... Was the No. 59 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com ... Also was a Defensive Dandies second team by the website after her junior year ... Helped LaSalle to four straight league championships and a CIF Southern Section Division 1A championship her junior and senior seasons ... Played in the San Gabriel Public vs. Private All-Star Game her sophomore and junior seasons ... Competed in four sports at LaSalle (volleyball, basketball, softball and golf) ... Earned All-Area first team honors in softball her junior season ... Named to the All-Area second team in basketball in 2013 and second team all-league honors in golf her junior season ... Member of Lasalle's National Honor Society ...
Club/Junior: Played club volleyball for San Gabriel Elite (2008-14) ... Was a captain in 2013, helping San Gabriel Elite to a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship in the Open 17 division ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the GJNC ... Also was a captain in 2012 and a co-captain in 2011 ...
National: Was named to the U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team roster in 2013 and 2014 ... Also was one of 27 finalists considered for the USA Volleyball Girls Youth National team in 2013 ...
Personal: Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... Undecided major ... Full name is Caroline Elise Knop ... Birthday: Jan. 25, 1996 ... Daughter of Kurt and Paula Knop.
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