Harms Earns Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
April 15, 2013
Katherine Harms received a Golden Goldy, tonight at the awards ceremony held at TCF Bank Stadium. A well-deserved award, Harms was named the department's Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
Harms saved her best season for her last as she led the team in kills (516), kills per set (4.10) and points (607.5). Following the conference season, Harms was named a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, her first career honor. A six-rotation player, Harms ranked third on the team in digs (311) and second in aces (42). She finished the regular season ranked sixth in the Big Ten in kills, third in points per set, 10th in hitting percentage and fifth in aces.
She bettered her junior numbers from 305 kills to 516 this season and 177 digs to 311. In 2012 NCAA Tournament action, Harms led the team in kills (58), kills per set (3.87) and aces (6). She amassed her 1,000th career kill in the regular season finale against Indiana (11/24). Harms finished her Gopher career with 1,071 career kills and 654 career digs. Having a standout season, she entered the year with 555 career kills and 340 digs. Having never earned weekly conference awards, Harms snagged three Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2012.
Along with the Harms award, the Gopher volleyball team was recognized for making it to the 2012 Elite Eight. Showing off her musical talent, freshman Kalei Mau was one of three musical performances of the night. She sang and played her ukulele for all in attendance.