Nov. 18, 2009
By Sarah Tarasewicz
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head coach Todd Dagenais announced Wednesday that Katie Tatum, a 6-2 outside hitter from Roxboro, N.C., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play with the Knights' volleyball team next fall.
"Having been around Conference USA two times now, we understand the importance of being big and physical at the antennas, and Katie certainly provides those physical traits for us," Dagenais said. "She is a very physical attacker with the ability to score points in bunches, and that is something that is going to be very important for us as we go forward on our plan to become competitive in the league. We look forward to her joining our team and she is going to fit in very well with everything that we are trying to do here."
The two-time Piedmont Athletic Conference Player of the Year and three-time all-conference selection, Tatum led Person High School to four-consecutive league titles, which included an undefeated PAC 6-clip in 2009. As a senior that season, Tatum averaged 4.70 kills per set, posting 289 kills in 61 sets played for the Lady Rockets.
For her efforts on the court, Tatum was named to Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces 2010: "The 150", which honors the top-250 recruits in the nation for the class of 2010.
Prepvolleyball.com also honored Tatum earlier in her playing career, naming her a Prepvolleyball.com Soph 79 Elite Honorable Mention player in 2007 and a Prepvolleyball.com Frosh 59 Special Mention Player in 2006.
At the club level, Tatum played for NC Elite Volleyball Club and the North Carolina Challengers Volleyball Club.
While with the Challengers, Tatum and her squad won the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association Junior Regional Championships in both 2006 and 2007, being named to the 16 Platinum All-Tournament Team in 2007.
Tatum was also a North Carolina High Performance participant in both 2005 and 2006.
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