---Katie Latenser twice
earned NJCAA All-America honors while at Johnson County Community
College. The NKU libero, shown during a recent practice, makes
her official Norse debut Aug. 24.
Ky. - The magic of modern technology helped lure Katie Latenser
to Northern Kentucky University to continue her education and play
The fact NKU
is so close to Cincinnati didn’t hurt, either.
native of Kansas City, Mo., and a transfer from Johnson County Community
College, learned about NKU’s sports business program while
on the Internet. With a goal of someday working in either college
or professional sports, Latenser said she liked what that program
has to offer for NKU students.
looking at the programs on-line and read about the NKU sports business
program, and that was one of the reasons I decided on Northern Kentucky.
I was really impressed with it, and getting a degree in that field
is going to help,” Latenser said. “I really like Carlos
(Chia) and wanted to be a part of the NKU volleyball program. There
is a great tradition here, and I really like the players.”
proximity to Cincinnati - and the Queen City’s similarity
to her hometown of Kansas City - helped in the decision-making process
close to Cincinnati made NKU very attractive to me, because it’s
a lot like Kansas City and there is plenty to do in this area,”
On the volleyball
court, Chia expects a great deal from Latenser. The 5-foot-6 libero
earned NJCAA All-America honors twice while at Johnson County, and
Chia is hoping her skills in the back row will help his team collect
its 15th consecutive 20-win season.
strives to be consistent in her approach towards being a player,
and she is always focused," Chia said. "She has a natural
ability to play the defensive position. She comes from a program
in which expectations are set high, just as it is with ours, and
she is blending in very well with our system of play."
something about winning. She helped Johnson County capture the 2005
NJCAA national championship. Last season, Johnson County placed
ninth nationally in the NJCAA.
(head coach Jill Stinson and assistant Jenny Ei) were very helpful
in my development as a volleyball player,” Latenser said of
her experience at Johnson County.
As a prep athlete,
Latenser was part of a Notre Dame de Sion team that won the state
championship in 2001. She also lettered in basketball for the Storm.
an NKU squad that posted a 20-13 overall record last season. The
Norse are picked to finish second by the coaches in the Great Lakes
Valley Conference East Division preseason poll.
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