Name: Katie Olsovsky
Position: Opposite
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-3
Weight: 165
Birthplace: Torrance
Hometown: Hermosa Beach
College: Southern California

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 – Pan American Cup (Fifth Place). 2007 – Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal). 2006 - TV Azteca Cup (Sixth Place).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Played in four sets during the Pan American Cup with a kill and ace for two points. 2007 – Hit .441 on 34 attacks in 17 sets during the Pan American Cup…Provided seven kills on eight errorless attacks versus Trinidad & Tobago on June 24…Played in eight sets at the NORCECA Championship, including one set start…Provided five kills on nine swings at the NORCECA Championship, including a perfect three kills on three attacks versus Mexico on Sept. 18. 2006 – Averaged 3.0 points per set during a seven-match tour of Italy (March 22 to April 2) with the USA National Training Team...Totaled 58 points at the TV Azteca Cup for 10th best among all players…Added 0.71 blocks per game for the TV Azteca Cup for sixth place, including a four-block performance with 20 overall points against Puerto Rico on Sept. 24. 2003 – Pan American Games (Bronze Medal).

RECENT PRO: Sparked Maricha/Tenerife to a third-place finish in Spain’s professional league in 2007-2008…Competed for BBC 1Classe Roma in the Italian Serie A2 League during 2007.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Olsovsky established herself among USC's all-time top record-holders... She finished her career at USC in 2003 among the school's top 10 in seven different categories, including second in career block assists (388), fourth in attack percentage (.353), total blocks (479) and total points (1018), fifth in points per game (3.31), sixth in solo blocks (91) and seventh in blocks per game (1.17)… As a fourth-year starter, Olsovsky led USC to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP in her new role at opposite hitter.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Bill and Mary Olsovsky, she has one brother, Will, and one sister, Cari... Enjoys eating, shopping and hanging out with friends... Majored in public policy, management and planning.

20 Questions with Katie Olsovsky"

What kind of car do you drive?

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
Southern California

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Southern California. The best place on earth!

What is the one or two luxury items that you could not do without?
Car and computer.

Rank the following types of television programs in order you like best: Reality TV, crime dramas, game shows, sit-coms, music television, cable news, sports.
Reality tv, music television, sit-coms, sports, game shows, cable news, crime dramas

What are your favorite television programs?
24, Lost, and Till Death

What are your favorite movies?
The Cutting Edge, The Notebook, Housesitter, Wedding Date

What is your favorite book?
Lance Armstrong, “It’s not about the bike”

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
It definitely depends on my schedule. I force myself to be a morning person.

What is your pre-match ritual?
A nap and a couple shots of espresso

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Usually I like to sit by the window and sleep.

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Being around girls that share the same goals and interests, traveling, maintaining the competitive spirit, and playing the sport I love

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
6 against 6..regular game style.

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?

What is your favorite food?
Mexican and Sushi

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
Chipotle and Jackson’s in Hermosa Beach

What is your hometown best known for?
The beach, night life and beautiful people

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Having fun with my fam. There is never a dull moment.

What fad were you involved in during junior high school that many would be surprised to learn?
I used to play pogs. The game is hard to explain but basically you have a collection of them and play others to win more or lose them by slapping them with a bigger metal pog, I think it was called a “stomper”

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Madonna, Frank Sinatra

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
Buy my parents whatever they wanted for taking such great care of me

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Stop time

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
Airplane, cell phone and chef

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Forbes 500

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Determined, fun and fabulous

What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. There is always a massive amount of food and I love our whole family being together.

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?
Summer because I don’t like feeling cold and I love summer clothing…short skirts and bikinis

What was the most defining moment in your life?
Going to USC..the best 4 years of my life! Winning 2 National Championships and meeting forever friends.

What are your most prized possessions?
Pictures, My 1st pair of 7 Jeans, Cell Phone, Computer

What is your motto?
“Put the past behind, live it up in the present, and don’t worry about the future”

What is your pet peeve?
Slow drivers, Being late

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
The cellular is my life!

Posted and updated: June 10, 2008