Nearing the home-stretch of her time as a Buckeye, outside hitter Katie Dull’s success on the court is translating to the Ohio State women’s volleyball record book.
For Dull, however, winning is more important than individual statistics.
“My main focus is just winning games,” Dull said.
She credits her teammates for her consistency on the court.
“It’s a team effort,” she said. “When everyone is on, it’s really easy to be on.”
Dull’s coach said her accomplishments are the culmination of the hard work she has put in during her four years as a Buckeye.
“She’s had a great career,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s deserving of all the accolades she gets.”
Carlston said the 5-foot-10-inch senior’s athleticism helps her succeed on the court.
“She’s definitely one of the most athletic kids I’ve ever coached,” Carlston said.
Dull said she is beginning to realize that her senior season is nearing its end.
“I try to push it to the back of my mind but it’s — I’m not going to lie — kind of at the forefront,” Dull said. “When you see that light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a little bit scary.”
Seeing the underclassmen’s progress on the court is just as important as seeing her name in the record book, she said.
“We like to see them grow, and they are getting better every single day,” Dull said. “It’s exciting to watch.”
Dull’s numbers are continuing to grow as well — she ranks in the top 16 in kills per set (3.60), solo blocks (57), total blocks (247), points (1,652) and points per set (4.19) in her career at OSU.
She recorded 15 kills on Friday against Purdue and 16 on Saturday against Indiana. Those 31 kills give Dull 1,449 kills in her career, moving her to fifth on the career kills list at OSU.
Dull said the only statistic that concerns her right now, however, is OSU’s 18-7 record this season.
“She’s a fun kid to coach because she brings a lot of elements,” Carlston said. “She is very talented.”