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Five questions with Eastside Catholic senior volleyball player Kat Towslee, a University of Connecticut commit:

Q: You played a lot of different sports when you were younger, like lacrosse and soccer. Why did volleyball stick?

A: I always knew I was going to be tall (now 6 feet 3), because I’d look up at my Dad (6-7) and I’d look up at my Mom (5-10), so I probably wasn’t going to be a gymnast. Soccer and lacrosse are great, but they’re not really a height-advantageous sport, so I thought I should play something that plays to my strength a little bit.

Q: Your sister, Danielle, attended Woodinville but you chose Eastside Catholic in part because it’s a four-year high school. What was it like to play in the 3A state-
championship matches your freshman and sophomore years?

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A: It was so incredible… There’s something really special about it. Even though we lost, and took second, I was so excited just to be there and experience something that only 24 other people get to experience.

Q: Last year’s team didn’t make it to state, so how determined are you to get back there this fall?

A: We’re pretty hungry as a team. We faced some tough matches last year. We’re ready to go back and try to prove people wrong.

Q: You put a lot of time and effort into the recruiting process since your freshman year. What made you pick UConn over Columbia and Yale?

A: I get there (on a January visit) and it’s a blizzard, like there’s a foot and a half of snow on the ground. All this stuff got canceled that the coaches had set up, and I loved it. I loved every second of it. And I thought, if I like this school in a blizzard, the worst weather conditions, I know I’m going to like this school when it’s nice and everything goes as planned.

Q: I hear you compete in your school’s Mock Trial program. What appeals to you about being an attorney?

A: I really like talking through situations. I like actually arguing, but I like presenting my opinions. I like the whole Mock Trial setting and I love geeking out about it. It sounds so nerdy, and I love it.

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