Name: Kayla Banwarth
Position: Libero
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 5-10
Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
High School: Wahlert Catholic High School
College: University of Nebraska '12, English
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Bronze Medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2014 FIVB World Championship (Gold)
Personal: Hobbies are reading, Broadway, the beach and sun...Mother, Anne, played volleyball at University of Northern Iowa

Most Notable

  • Earned bronze medal at 2016 Olympic Game
  • Named Best Receiver at 2015 NORCECA Championship
  • Named 2013 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year
  • Earned gold medals in back-to-back Pan American Cups (2012, 2013) as the starting libero
  • Helped Team USA to bronze medal at 2011 Pan American Games in first international competition

2016 - NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (Gold)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Silver)...Olympic Games (Bronze).
2015 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. China ... FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze)...NORCECA Championship (gold)
2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil ... FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Prelim) ... FIVB World Championship (Gold)
2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold) ... USA Volleyball Cup vs. Japan ... FIVB World Grand Prix (6th) ... NORCECA Championship (Gold) ... FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver).
2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold).
2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze).

Did You Know

  • Ranked third in Best Receiver at 2016 Olympic Games
  • Ranked 9th in Best Digger at 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix
  • Started 11 of 13 matches at libero during 2014 FIVB World Championship, which included a 2.16 dig average over 37 sets played
  • Started 20 of 31 matches at libero during 2013 season, compiling 2.25 dig average and 69 positive reception percent with only nine errors on 345 chances
  • Ranked second in Best Digger at 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with 3.19 dig average
  • Ranked atop the Best Receivers list at 2013 NORCECA Championship with a 89.6 efficiency percent on 67 attempts, and was second overall in Best Libero
  • Tallied 24 digs in 2012 Pan American Cup gold-medal match against Brazil, which had several Olympians competing only a couples weeks prior to start of 2012 Olympic Games
  • Finished four-year career at University of Nebraska wtih 1,706 digs
  • Named alternate for the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team
  • Chosen Gatorade's Iowa High School Player of the Year in 2006 after averaging 4.00 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.43 aces per set at Wahlert Catholic
  • Mother Anne played volleyball at University of Northern Iowa
  • Hobbies are reading, Broadway, the beach and sun

The Big Blurb
Kayla Banwarth on Individual Accolades: “If I’ve learned anything in my college career, and this career (with USA Volleyball), it’s the individual stuff isn’t as important as the team stuff, because the team stuff is so much more special."

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Last Updated: July 10, 2016