2013: Sophomore at Creighton • Paced Creighton and ranked sixth in the BIG EAST with 4.17 digs per set. • Owned 20+ digs in five of her final nine contests. • All-Tournament Team at the Shocker Volleyball Classic (9/22). • Dug 20 balls in 3-0 win vs. Northern Colorado (9/6). • Has dug eight or more balls in all 61 career matches, reaching double-figures all but four times. • Owns 10 or more digs in each of her last 23 matches, the fourth-longest streak in program history. • Had lone kill of the season in fifth set of win at Wichita State (9/22). • Dealt two aces vs. No. 13 BYU (8/30) and Wichita State (9/22). • Owned 20 digs while also delivering career-high nine assists in CU’s first BIG EAST win, a four-set triumph at Xavier (10/5). • Collected three aces vs. DePaul (10/11) and Butler (10/20). • Snared a season-high 25 digs at Seton Hall (11/16), the same night she became the 12th player in CU history to reach 1,000 career digs. • Reached those 1,000 digs in 59 career matches, third-fastest in CU history. • Had 24 digs vs. Xavier on Nov. 29, and 20+ digs in all three matches vs. the Musketeers. • Had 21 digs in BIG EAST Tourney title match vs. No. 24 Marquette (11/30). • Dug 22 balls in NCAA Tourney match vs. No. 23 Kansas (12/7).
2012: Freshman at Creighton • Played libero in every set. • Led team and MVC freshmen in both digs and aces. • Ranked sixth in the MVC and 68th nationally with 4.98 digs per set, which was sixth-best among the nation’s freshmen. • Also ranked sixth in the MVC in aces per set. • Owned 10 or more digs in each of Creighton’s first 32 matches before it was snapped in match at No. 11 Minnesota (12/1). • Her 617 digs was third in CU history for a season, and most ever by a freshman. • Had 22 digs vs. UCF (8/24), most by a player making her debut in program history. • Also had 22 digs in title match of USF Invitational vs. Wisconsin (8/25). • Had 27 digs and three aces at Evansville (9/29). • Dug 25 balls in a 3-1 win vs. Northern Iowa (10/5), that snapped UNI’s 59-match win streak in league play. • Dug 23 balls in 3-1 win vs. Illinois State that helped CU clinch at least a share of MVC title (11/10). • Had career-best 35 digs in 3-2 win at Wichita State to clinch outright Valley title (11/17), sixth-most in Creighton history for one match. • Had 27 digs in five-set win at Missouri State (11/18). • Dug 14 balls in MVC Tourney title match win vs. Wichita State (11/24). • Had team-high 17 digs in spring exhibition victory at Nebraska (4/12). • Named MVC Freshman of the Week on Aug. 27, Oct. 8th and Oct. 15th. • Owned 15 matches with 20+ digs, most in CU history by a freshman. • Led team in digs in 27-of-33 matches.
Marian High School • Four-year letterwinner for coach Rochelle Rohlfs. • Won four Metro Conference titles and was top-four in state each year. • Owns Class A state record for digs in a match (36) and digs per match (13.85) in a season. • Named First Team All-State by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star after her senior season, when she had 554 digs and 45 aces. • Named a Special Mention All-American by Volleyball Magazine. • Named libero on the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 state tourney. • Her 2011 team reached the state semifinals and went 34-9, while also ranking second in the state and top-50 nationally. • Named Second Team All-State as a junior. • As a sophomore, was Honorable Mention All-State as team went 29-1 and was ranked first in Nebraska and No. 12 nationally by Prep.com. • Finished career with 1,828 digs, 264 assists and 145 aces. • Participated in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game. • High school teammate of Ashley Jansen.
Creighton Awards & Honors 2012 MVC All-Freshman Team 2012 MVC Freshman of the Week, 8/27 2012 MVC Freshman of the Week, 10/8 2012 MVC Freshman of the Week, 10/15 2013 Shocker Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team
More About Kate Full Name: Kate Mae Elman Birthday: Aug. 27, 1993 Birthplace: Omaha, Neb. Parents: Mark and Jennifer Elman Siblings: Kelsey (25), Taylor (21), Lexi (19) Major: Nursing Career Aspiration: CRNA Nicknames: Katers, Sticks Favorite TV Show/Movie: Grey’s Anatomy/Burlesque Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach Why Creighton: Nursing program, volleyball Best Volleyball Memory: Beating Nebraska in the last match played at the Coliseum Player I Model My Game After: Kayla Banwarth Thoughts on the BIG EAST: Competitive and good for our school Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The atmosphere on game day 2014 Summer Job: Nanny Favorite Creighton Class/Professor: Health Assessment & Lab with Martha Todd Match I’m Most Excited For: Kansas Favorite Road Trip: New York City Did You Know: Kate’s twin brother, Taylor, is a junior pitcher on the Creighton baseball team, and her sister Lexi is a sophomore volleyball player at Pacific.