OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Baylor volleyball senior outside hitter Katie Staiger is a Second Team Senior CLASS All-American, Premier Sports Management announced Wednesday.
As the only finalist from the Big 12, Staiger excels in the classroom as she’s a 13-time Big 12 academic honoree: eight-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member and 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team honoree. Staiger finished her bachelor’s degree in sports, sponsorship and sales last fall and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Baylor.
She has been actively involved in Baylor’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout her student-athlete experience. Staiger helped with numerous fundraisers and service projects for the Central Texas FCA Boys and Girls Club. In addition to serving as a Reading is Fundamental advocate as a Kappa Kappa Gamma member, she served as the Baylor volleyball service coordinator.
Staiger’s offensive explosiveness has transformed the Baylor program. Along with becoming the team’s first Second Team All-American, she was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team pick twice in addition to being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week 10 times during her career. In 2016, she was named the AVCA National Player of the Week as well en route to accomplishing the best single-season performance in Baylor history with 6.98 kills and averaging 6.00 kills per set.
Staiger will go down in the history books with the second-most kills (1,700) and second-most attacks in program history (4,423). With her on the outside, Baylor advanced to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments and hosted the opening rounds in 2017.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
First Team Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State
Lily Johnson, Missouri State
Simone Lee, Penn State
Jessica Lucas, Western Kentucky
Haleigh Washington, Penn State*
Second Team Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
Ashley Dusek, Kentucky
Jaelyn Keene, Illinois State
Abbie Lehman, Wichita State
Mary-Kate Marshall, Oregon State
Katie Staiger, Baylor
*Senior CLASS Award Winner