Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charlotte Country Day's Katharine Franz named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year

Charlotte Country Day’s Katharine Franz is the 2014 N.C. Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year.  Franz is the first Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Charlotte Country Day School.

The 6-foot senior middle hitter led the Buccaneers to a 44-1 record and their second straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state title this past season. Franz. named the Observer’s player of the year, had 412 kills, 295 digs, 65 service aces and 47 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .537. A 2014-15 American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention Under Armour All-America selection, she racked up 19 kills and 11 digs in the title-clinching win over Covenant Day.

Franz has maintained a 3.65 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Levine Children’s hospital and as a youth volleyball camp counselor.

“Katharine Franz was a force that we were unable to shut down,” said Heather Mills, head coach at Covenant Day. “She is fierce and the power with which she contacts the ball on a slide is unmatched and proves to be phenomenally difficult to block. She is an even-tempered opponent who supports her team in every way.”