Fischer to play at Union College

From Herald Staff Reports

Sure, some of Katie Fischer’s ambition to play college volleyball was intrinsically driven. Much of her motivation arrived from another source, too.


The Forest Park senior signed Wednesday to continue her volleyball career at Union College, an NAIA school in the southeastern Kentucky town of Barbourville. She made the signing complete with an important person in mind. The commitment was just as important to her as she knew it would have been to her younger brother Paul, who died of brain cancer last week.

“He loved sports, he could tell you anything about any team in football or baseball. He was just a sports fanatic. And one of his favorite things to do was to watch me play volleyball,” said Katie, the daughter of Jay and Michelle Fischer of Huntingburg. “Even whenever he got sick, he’d watch me play tourneys, even when we were close to the hospital, (he’d come watch). He just loved it. It just made that goal of playing college volleyball 10 times more important, and I know that he’s happy that I’m committing and I’m signing.”

Even without the extra dose of motivation, playing college ball was always a priority for Fischer, who honed her game by joining a club team in the offseason through the encouragement of some friends from Jasper.

“Katie grew tremendously over the four years,” Forest Park coach Jamie Giesler said.

“She had a goal, she had a dream and she worked really hard at it. She came a long way from starting out as a freshman and becoming such an integral part of our volleyball team as she did.”

Fischer, who led the Rangers in blocks the last two seasons and was among the team leaders in kills, will major in psychology at Union. Conveniently, the middle hitter also plans to be roommates her freshman year with the incoming setter from Trinity Lutheran.

Initially, Fischer said found herself gravitating to the game simply because she was tall. Then, her passion to improve — and keep playing — blossomed.

“A lot of it was determination. I knew I wanted to play and it was just my goal,” Fischer said. “I always wanted to play college volleyball, it’s been my goal since I started playing volleyball — I always loved it, loved the game, loved everything about it. I started playing (club volleyball) just so I could get better and be able to play college ball.”

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