Katrina Nelson

Katrina Nelson

Player Profile


Vancouver, WA

High School:
Prairie HS





Oregon State
One of the biggest surprises on the team... The coaches weren’t sure how much she’d be able to play early in the season because of an ACL tear suffered in November, 2000, but she ended up playing in all 29 matches and 99 out of a possible 108 games as a starting middle blockers... Ranked fourth on the team with 209 kills (2.11 kpg) and hit .304... Was second on the squad with 66 blocks (0.67 bpg)... Had 10 or more kills in eight matches... Hit .444 with 16 kills against Sacramento State in the third match of the season... Had one of her best weeks on a road trip to Arizona in the first weekend of Pac-10 play... Combined for 28 kills and a .468 hitting percentage in the matches at Arizona and Arizona State... Hit .563 with a team-high 10 kills at Arizona and led the team to a victory at ASU by hitting .419 with a team-high 18 kills, tying her career-high set as a sophomore... Had a career-high seven blocks in a win at California and added six blocks in a win against Portland... Was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player at the end of the season... Earned third team Verizon Academic All-District VIII honors and was an honorable mention pick on the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team.

2000: Was having a solid season as OSU’s top reserve until an ACL tear at Arizona State on Nov. 3... Missed the last seven matches as a result... Played in 54 games and 23 matches... Had 95 kills (1.76 kpg), 38 digs (0.70 dpg) and 17 blocks (0.31 bpg)... A versatile player, she played outside hitter and middle blocker and was typically the first player to come off the bench... Had her best match against Stanford, when she hit .243 with a career-high 18 kills and career-high tying marks of three blocks and eight digs... Hit .273 with 10 kills in a win over Arizona State and had 10 kills in a win over Boise State as well... Had nine kills and a .292 hitting percentage in a win over Connecticut... Was an honorable mention Pacific-10 All-Academic Team selection.

1999: Saw action in 15 matches for a total of 28 games... Finished the season with 53 kills (1.89 kpg) and 37 digs (1.32 dpg)... Had her best all-around match in a win over Washington State, hitting .258 with career-highs of 12 kills and eight digs... Had double-figure kills in one other match, a 10-kill effort at Oregon... Had a team-high nine kills in a match against Stanford.

1998: Redshirted as a true freshman.

Prairie High School
Earned four varsity letters while playing for coach Chelinda Dettone... Three-time Greater St. Helen’s League first team selection... Three-time Prairie High School Athlete of the Year... Played in the 1998 Washington All-State Showcase Tournament after being named to the all-state team... 1996 and 1997 all-conference Dream Team... Lettered in track in 1996... Named to the WIAA Honor Roll all four years... Played club volleyball for Rose City in 1997 and 1998 after playing for Portland Volleyball Club prior to that... PVC took third at the 1994 Nike Davis Festival and fourth at the festival in 1996... Was the team captain for PVC in 1996.

Born April 28, 1980 in Pullman, Washington... Daughter of Dan and Debi Nelson... Has one sister, Molly, and two brothers, Ian and Spencer... Katrina is one of many family members to have played a sport in college... Her dad was a basketball player at Washington State and her mom ran track at Colorado... Her grandfather was a three-sport athlete at Kansas State, where he was on the football, basketball and track teams... Her cousin Casey Clark is on the track team at Arizona State and her cousin Chelsea Clark played basketball at Gonzaga... Katrina is majoring in pre-education with a minor in German... Nickname is ‘Kat’... Hobbies include reading and music.

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