Bears’ Kathryn Beasley picks Brevard for volleyball

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

November 15, 2013

Mount Airy volleyball and basketball standout Kathryn Beasley has picked Brevard College to continue her volleyball career.

“Kat” Beasley was the MVP of the Lady Bears for her first three years, and Coach Chuck Morris announced a fourth MVP award on Thursday.

Beasley has been an all-conference selection the past two years for volleyball, once last year for basketball and once as a freshman for running track.

Kat said played volleyball and basketball both on school teams and travel teams, and it got to be too many obligations to give each one her all.

With all the games she plays with school and travel teams, Kathryn still finds time to squeeze in workouts and practice, said dad Chad Beasley.

“She’s been in the weight room since the eighth grade,” said Chad. “She’s lived in the weight room and the gym for the past five years. … Her mom and I are very proud of her.”

“We’ve been practicing about three hours every day in the gym,” she said of switching gears to basketball for the winter season.

Therein lies the difference between someone who is fully dedicated to getting better and someone who enjoys being on the team, but isn’t willing to make the sacrifices in free time and a social life to end up where Kat is at today, said Morris.

“We had no one who was more dedicated to our club than Kat was,” said Morris.

“I think today should really say something to people that it’s not about what Kat did just for a volleyball program, it’s really about the hours she spent in the gym. This is the culmination of somebody who works her tail off, is dedicated to her sport, who is supported by all her coaches and is supported and loved by her family. That means a whole lot to her.”

When talking about what she most likes about volleyball, Kat said “It’s energetic, it’s fun, you just have to keep your energy level up. When you’re winning it’s nice. I keep my team picked up and don’t let them get down. I keep encouraging them to keep going.”

As a junior, her teachers voted her to receive the Leadership Award for her role in the classroom, noted Chad.

This past season, Morris said he checked Kat’s stats against others on MaxPreps.

“Kat led the league with 4.2 kills per set,” he said, and her hitting percentage was second-highest at 2.25.

Across the state for 1A, Kat had the second-most swings of any player.

Much of the offense was run through her, the coach said.

She also was second on the Bears in digs and finished as runnerup for player of the year in the Northwest.

“Kat is a great fit for Brevard,” said Morris. “One of the things the Brevard coach was looking for was athleticism. That’s what Kat brings to the table. Not only as a volleyball player, she’s a heck of an athlete.”

She might also walk on to the basketball team where former teammate Taylor Hiatt plays. Brevard also plays against Lenoir-Rhyne, which is where Taylor’s sister, Jordan Hiatt, plays.