Kathrin Fischer is a long way from her home in Vienna, Austria. But as a member of the Claflin University Lady Panthers Volleyball team, junior setter/hitter Kathrin Fischer is killing it on and off the court.
No, seriously she did kill it! She had 53 kills in leading the Lady Panthers to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Eastern Division Championship for a second straight year.
She led the entire NCAA Division II in serving ace percentage with .89 per game. For a perspective, there are 286 schools in NCAA Division II who have a volleyball team.
She also has a 3.93 grade point average while taking on two majors – politics and justice studies and sociology – with a minor in business administration. Numbers seem to be kind to Fischer. She understands them so well that she even tutors fellow students in math and several other subjects.
But it’s the art of the serve which she completely grasps. The secret to the perfect serve is simply technique, Fischer says.
“I like to be aggressive with my serve and use my technique and skill to control the ball,” says Fischer. But the Austrian also deploys quite a bit of strategy with her serve after observing opponents for a spell. “I target the weak points of their defense.”
Head Volleyball Coach Vernell Keitt-Capers acknowledged Fischer as a model student athlete who exemplifies leadership. She is one of the team’s captains. Keitt-Capers expects Fischer’s star to continue its meteoric rise.
“We are expecting Kathrin to continue to improve and lead our team again next year,” Keitt-Capers said. “Hopefully, she can be an integral part in us repeating as Eastern Division champs and capturing our first SIAC Volleyball Tournament Championship.”
Fischer’s journey from the architectural and cultural epicenter that is Vienna to chasing a championship started with her friendship with Laura Calvin. Calvin’s father played professional basketball in Austria where she met Fischer at a volleyball club. Fischer stayed with the Calvin family – who are originally from Manning, S.C., once they moved back to America.
Both Fischer and Calvin were actively looking for an institution where they could be academically enriched and play volleyball. They did their research and found out about Claflin. After speaking with Keitt-Capers, both were offered spots on the team. Fischer received a scholarship through the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College.
When Fischer is not forcefully sending back a volleyball toward her opponents, she is active in several campus organizations. She is the president of the Pre-Law Society and a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society and the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success.