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Katherine Fischer
Player Profile:
Katherine Fischer 442382
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Altos, Calif.
High School: Homestead
Experience: High School


* Updated season / career stats are available via the link above, and to see her freshman, sophomore and junior match-by-match stats, click here.


One of team's top players on all fronts and one of its busiest assignment-wise, and she missed only one start and four sets of play in her four-year career. Through her hard work, proved doubters wrong that questioned her size, with top 10 all-time rankings for UO in points (fifth, 1,440.0), digs (seventh, 1,187), attempts (sixth, 3,477), aces (eighth, 114) and kills (10th, 1,235). Logged a hat trick 300 kills/digs/points totals as a senior (335 / 301 / 383) and junior  (308 / 330 / 354). As a sophomore, almost doubled her freshman kill total (376 / 216) and posted her career highs in serving, blocks and per set averages. Also was sighted on NCAA rolls in aces and points as a sophomore. Missed the first  set her career as a junior due to sickness/dehydration vs. then-No. 12 Minnesota (a 3-2 loss). Off the court, became the Pac-12 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner became the second Duck to receive multiple Academic-All-America First Team honors with her junior and senior laurels, and was a third-team national recipient as a sophomore. Even more impressive, she  sported +4.00 cumulative GPA's all three seasons).  

Hitting: .652 (15-0-23) 3s, at Oregon State (11/23/12)
Kills: 24 (24K-5E-64A), 5s at Arizona State (11/6/10)
Points: 24.0 (24K-0SA-0B), 5s at Arizona State (11/6/10)
Digs: 14 (5s), at #6 Washington (10/16/12)
Aces: 6 vs. WSU (9/24/10)
Blocks: 5 (5BA), 5s at PSU (9/7/10), 5 (5BA) vs WSU (9/27/09)

Was a key offensive threat for one of the nation's most dynamic and balanced offenses and was also one of the squad's most versatile players in all aspects. She ended the season ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in aces (0.27 per set), and third on the team in digs (2.49 per set), kills (2.77 p/s), and fourth in hitting (.253). In late November, she won her first career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor after she posted a career-high hitting mark at Oregon State (.652, 15K). Among her 12 +.300 hitting marks on the slate, she had another +.600 mark at then-No. 10 Kentucky (.619, 14K), and those latter two marks rank second- and third-best for the team on the season. In her final collegiate match, led UO in kills (13), hitting (.375) and points (13) and NCAA final vs. No. 3 Texas. That match was her fourth straight contest with +10 kills - her longest stretch of the season. Overall during season, she paced UO in aces in nine matches, five times in hitting, four times in kills and three times in digs. The Pac-12 career aces leader among active players (114) led the team in the category in 26 career matches, and her # of match highs for other categories follows: kills (20), digs (17), hitting (14), points (13) and blocks (9). Her five aces in the sweep of Oregon State was the team season high, and was one shy of her career high (6) that came in three sets at WSU as a sophomore. Off the court, the accounting major picked up her third Academic All-District First Team honor in early November, and was a repeat First-Team Academic All-American and the Pac-12 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner. 

2012 Season Highs
Hitting: .652 (15-0-23) 3s, at Oregon State (11/23/12)
Kills: 20 (20K- 5E-38A) 4s, at Ohio (9/2/12)
Points: 21.0 (20K- 1SA- 0.0B) 4s, at Ohio (9/2/12)
Digs: 14 (5s), at #6 Washington (10/16/12)
Aces: 5 (3s), vs Oregon State (9/19/12)
Blocks: 4 (1BS-3BA), at #24 Ohio State (8/25/12)

Was again one of the team's most relied-upon and versatile players, and ranked second on the team in kills (2.75 per set), points (3.16 p/s), digs (2.95 p/s), double-digit kill match totals (16), and third in aces (0.21 p/s). Conference-wise, she ranked ninth in double-doubles (10-tied), and tied for the eighth-most aces in a match in the Pac-12 with her four in a sweep at Utah. Overall among the team’s 31 matches, she topped the team in digs seven times, and also topped the squad in the following number of matches in aces (5), hitting (5), kills (4), blocks (3) and points (2). Nine of those double-doubles came in Pac-12 tilts vs. then-No. 1 UCLA (12 kills, 20 digs), then-No. 3 California (17K, 15D, .412), then-No. 7 Washington (10K, 18D), at then-No. 3 USC (10K, team season high 20 digs), at then-No. 6 UCLA (11K, 13D), vs. ASU (12K, 16D), vs. Oregon State (11K, 12D), and at Colorado (14K, 11D, .542) and Washington State (11K, 13D). In the season opener at No. 1 Penn State, she connected on a season high in kills (19) and points (19.5), hit .317 against the four-time defending national champions, and fought through flu and dehydration the whole match in the 90-degree Exhibition Hall gym. In other non-conference matches, she notched her first double-double of the campaign in the three-set win over Seattle (11K, 11D), and had another +10 kill effort vs. Utah (18), then-No. 12 Minnesota (10) and double-digit dig totals at Delaware (11), at American (13) and vs. Portland State (10). At season's end, the pre-business administration major was tabbed to the six-person Academic All-America team (and was one of only two with 4.0 GPA's). 

2011 Season Highs
Hitting - .542 (14K-1E-24A), 3s at Colorado (9/23/11)
Kills - 19 (19K-6A-41E), 4s at #1 Penn State (8/26/11)   
Points - 19.5 (19K-1BA), 4s at #1 Penn State (8/26/11)   
Digs - 20, 4s at #3 USC (10/14/11), 5s vs. #1 UCLA (11/11/11)   
Aces - 4, at Utah (9/24/11)   
Blocks - 4 (4 BA), 5s vs. #1 UCLA (11/11/11)


With the graduation of two All-Americans, hiked her offensive output and also boosted the team as one of its top passers and servers. One of three Ducks that played all 109 sets, and started all 30 matches. Ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in double-doubles (14-tied) - tops among underclassmen – and fourth in aces (0.28 per set). At season’s end, ranked second on team in aces (0.28 p/s), kills (3.45 p/s), digs (2.64 p/s), and fourth in blocks (0.47 p/s) and hitting (.211). Nationally, she stood top 150 in points (121st, 3.99 p/s) and kills (123rd, 3.45 p/s). Rattled off four straight double-doubles in final weeks of season in wins at ASU (career high 24 kills, 13 digs), at OSU (13K, 12D) and in losses at No. 10 UCLA (14K, 12D) and No. 6 USC (18K, 19D). In October, she added another pair of double-doubles at home vs. the desert schools - Arizona (15 kills, 12 digs) and ASU (14K, 10D; 24K; 13D). During campaign, posted four +.400 hitting marks among her eight +.300 totals. Kill-wise, had 21 double-digit matches, including 10 with +15 for the balanced offense. Her .647 hitting mark vs. American was the team’s second best of the year, as was her 24 kills at ASU, and her 19 kills vs. Sam Houston State was its seventh most. She rang up six aces vs. the Cougars the opening week of Pac-12 play – twice her previous career high, the fifth-most all-time in a match for UO and tied for the Pac-12 season high with teammate Heather Meyers. In that three-set win, five of the aces came in a seven-serve stretch to open the second set. She picked up her first tourney MVP honor in the Oregon Classic in September for her efforts in three-set wins over Siena (14 kills, 12 digs, .345, 4 blocks) and American (12 kills, .647, 4 blocks). Led team in kills in 10 contests, and her # of match highs for other categories follows: points (7), hitting (4), blocks (3), digs (3) and aces (2). Was the only underclassmen ESPN Academic All-American with her third-team nod, and also was a Pac-12 All-Academic and Academic All-Region First-Team choice.

2010 Season Highs
Hitting: .647 (12K- 1E-17A) vs American (9/10/10)
Kills: 24 (24K-5E-64A), 5s at Arizona State (11/6/10)
Points: 24.0 (24K-0SA-0B), 5s at Arizona State (11/6/10)
Digs: 19 (5s) vs #6 USC (11/20/10)
Aces: 6 vs. Washington State (9/24/10)
Blocks: 5 (5BA), 5s at Portland State (9/7/10)


One of the Pac-12's top newcomers, the versatile offensive, defensive and serving threat was the only Duck freshman and one of four UO players that started every match in 2009, and one of only two that played all 110 sets. She ranked second on the team in service aces (0.25 per set) and digs (2.44 p/s), and fourth in points (2.44 p/s) and kills (1.96 p/s) – and led UO underclassmen in each category. Her service ace mark (0.25) was only .01 shy of the eighth-best  mark in the Pac-12(0.26) – and has led the team in aces in nine matches (with five of those featuring two or more aces), one shy of the team lead. She has also paced the team in digs four times, and kills and blocks twice. Altogether, she had six matches with +10 kills (all in Pac-12 or postseason play) and 10 contests with +10 digs (including eight in league action). She sported the team’s freshman season team highs in kills (15), digs (17) and blocks (5) with the latter mark in a three-set match vs. then-No. 3 Washington. In mid-October, the Bay Area native enjoyed a career high in kills (14) and digs (16) in upset of then-No. 5 Stanford for her second career double-double and also landed a match-high three aces. The following week, she upped her kill best (15) at then-No. 13 UCLA for another double-double with her 13 digs. She claimed her fourth double-double of season in the regular season finale, a five-set upset of then-No. 4 at Washington (13 kills, 16 digs), while her first career honor came in a five-setter in early October at Oregon State (10 kills, 12 digs). She opened November vs. Arizona State with a career best dig total and team match high (17) in the three-set win. In postseason, racked up 11 kills, nine digs and a .474 hitting mark in NCAA opening-round sweep of Clemson, then came back with eight kills and 11 digs in the NCAA second round in three-setter at #13 Kentucky.

2009 Season Highs
Hitting: .471 ( 8- 0-17)  at Denver (9/19/09)
Kills: 15 (5s) at #13 UCLA (10/23/09)
Points: 16.0 ( 12- 3- 2) 5s vs #5 Stanford (10/17/09)
Digs: 17 (4s) vs #18 Arizona (11/6/09)
Aces: 3  Three times (last vs #5 Stanford (10/17/09))
Blocks: 5 (0-5) (4S) vs WSU (9/27/09)


Prep: Shined as one of the West Coast's top hitters and as a senior was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 honoree, Top 100 Senior Aces and Under Armour Second-Team All-America pick in 2008. In previous seasons, was also a high school All-America highest honorable mention in 2007, a top 80 junior recruit and a sophomore 79 honoree.  Was tabbed as a team captain her final two seasons, a first-team Santa Clara Valley all-league pick all four years, and also received league MVP honors as a sophomore and senior, and outstanding junior honors. Among Central Coast Section (CCS) awards, was the 2008 Cal-Hi Sports Scholar Athlete of the Year and a San Jose Mercury News First Team Senior of the Year and Junior of the Year member. Her team was a state runner-up and NorCal champion in 2008 (with a 30-9 record), a state semi-finalist in ’07 after it won the Central Coast Section, and also claimed the Santa Clara Valley league title in ’05. Her highest kill tally (34, .574) came her junior season in a win vs. Amador Valley in the NorCal Semifinals, and as a senior she averaged 5.60 kills/set and had 17 kills in the state final vs. LaCosta Canyon en route to all-tourney honors. Was picked as a 'Top 5 Spiker' at the 2006 USA Volleyball A2 Youth National Team camp. At the club level, she played for the Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, Calif., (2006-09) and City Beach Volleyball Club in Santa Clara, Calif., (2005). She was the starting outside hitter for her club team that took the bronze medal in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics in the 18-Open category in 2008 and 2009, won the 2009 Lonestar Classic and Far Western Championships (18), 2008 Far Westerns National Qualifier, and the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier 16-Open in 2007. High School (Coach): Homestead High School '09, Cupertino, Calif. (Matt Hoffman). She was a class valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, a National Honor Society member and Scholar-Athlete Award winner, and won multiple Green and White Awards.

Personal: Business/Finance major. Parents are Mary and Dell, and has one older brother, Robert. 


Year   SP MS-MP   K     K/S   E   TA  Pct   A A/S  SA SA/S  DIG D/S  BS-BA  B/S Pts Pts/S
2009  110 30-30  216   1.96 110  666 .159  29 .26  28 0.25  268 2.44  3-42  0.41 268  2.44
2010  109 30-30  376   3.45 152 1064 .211  31 .28  30 0.28  288 2.64  7-44  0.47 435  3.99
2011  112 31-31  308   2.75 140  884 .190  42 .38  24 0.21  330 2.95  9-26  0.31 354  3.16  
2012  121 35-34  335   2.77 117  863 .253  36 .30  32 0.26  301 2.49  5-22  0.22 383 3.17  
TOTAL 452 126-125 1235 2.73 519 3477 .206 138 .31 114 0.25 1187 2.63 24-134 0.35 1440 3.19 



2012 (8)
20 kills, 11 digs at Ohio (4s) (9/2/12)
11 kills, 11 digs vs. #26 Oregon State (3s) (9/19/12)
12 kills, 12 digs at #2 USC (3s) (9/21/12)
10 kills, 12 digs at California (4s) (10/3/12)
11 kills, 12 digs vs. California (5s) (11/2/12)
15 kills, 14 digs at #6 Wash. (5s) (11/17/12)
12 kills, 11 digs, vs. #16 BYU (4s) (12/7/12)
16 kills, 12 digs, vs. #1 Penn State (3s) (12/13/12))

2011 (10)
11 kills, 11 digs vs. Seattle, (3s) (9/2)
12 kills, 16 digs vs. ASU, (4s) (9/18)
14 kills, 11 digs at Colorado, (3s) (9/23)
11 kills, 13 digs at WSU, (4s) (10/1/11)
10 kills, 20 digs at #3 USC, (4s) (10/14)
11 kills, 13 digs at #6 UCLA, (4s) (10/15)
10 kills, 18 digs vs. #7 Wash. (3s) (10/22)
12 kills, 20 digs vs. #1 UCLA (5s) (11/11/11)
17 kills, 15 digs at #3 Cal (5s) (11/19/11)
11 kills, 12 digs vs. OSU (3s) (11/25/11)

2010 (14)
16 kills, 10 digs vs. Santa Clara (3s) (8/27)
13 kills, 11 digs at Seattle (5s) (9/6)
14 kills, 12 digs (3s) vs. Siena (9/12)
15 kills, 14 digs (3s) vs. Portland (9/15)
15 kills, 14 digs (4s) vs. FIU (9/18)
19 kills, 14 digs (4s) vs. SHSU (9/18)
11 kills, 10 digs (3s) vs. WSU (9/24)
15 kills, 15 digs (4s) vs. #7 UW (9/25)
14 kills, 10 digs (4s) vs. ASU (10/8/10)
15 kills, 12 digs (5s) vs. UA (10/9/10)
24 kills, 13 digs (5s) at ASU (11/6/10)
13 kills, 12 digs (4s) at OSU (11/12/10)
14 kills, 12 digs (4s) vs. #10 UCLA (11/19/10)
18 kllls, 19 digs 95s) vs. #6 USC (11/20/10)

2009 (4)
10 kills, 12 digs at OSU (5s) (10/ 2)
12 kills, 16 digs vs. No. 5 Stan.(5s) (10/17)
15 kills, 13 digs at #13 UCLA (5s), (10/23)
13 kills, 16 digs at #4 Wash. (5s), (11/27)


+20 DIGS (2)
20, 4s, at #3 USC (10/14/11)
20, 5s, vs. #1 UCLA (11/11/11)



+4 ACES (3)
6, 3s vs. WSU (9/24/10)
5, 3s, vs. #26 Oregon State (9/19/12)
4, 3s, at Utah (9/24/11)





Nicknames: Kat, Fish
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Stuffed Animal:
Pets Growing Up: Kato (mini poodle)
Favorite Hobbies: Going to the beach, scrapbooking, swimming
Most Prized Possession: Pictures of my childhood
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be a: FBI agent
I'd Die Without My: nalgene water bottles
First Car: Toyota Corolla 1998
Favorite Place I've Visited: Hawaii
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Australia
Favorite Entrée/Dish: Fettuccine alfredo
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate
Favorite Snack: Goldfish and pretzels
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Olives, tomatoes, mushrooms
Favorite Drink: Apple juice
Best Dish I Can Make: Sherbet pie
Favorite TV Reality Show: So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite Book: Twilight
Favorite Video Game: Anything with a wii
I Chose Oregon Because: It has a great business program and volleyball to match it.
Favorite Elite Volleyball Player: Misty May
If I didn't play volleyball, I would play: Soccer 


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