Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.), formerly a middle blocker on the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team, recently finished her first professional season of volleyball in Klagenfurt, Austria with the Hypo Volleyball Klub.
    When Steffens ended her collegiate career at UNH, she continued her volleyball playing career overseas. Through the “Bring It Promotions” European Exposure Tour, Steffens was offered to play for the Hypo Volleyball Klub of Klagenfurt in the Women’s Second Bundesliga (League).  At the
Former Wildcat Katie Steffens is now playing professional volleyball in Europe
time, the team was looking for two professional players to help the team compete and remain in the second league.  Steffens and Sarah Morgan, another former U.S. collegiate player were hired to play in addition to coaching and running the team’s practices in the coach’s absence.  Steffens has also been hired to coach the younger girls’ Landesliga team.
    The Hypo Volleyball Klub is one of ten members of the east division of the Bundesliga (league).  The team finished fourth overall in the regular season, maintaining their position in the Bundesliga league. Steffens, a middle blocker for the team, finished as the fourth highest scorer in the league with 256 points and averaged 13.8 points per game. 
    They also recently competed playing in a tournament in Heidelburg, Germany and will be playing in a tournament in Pordenone, Italy in the beginning of April and will be playing against teams from Serbia-Monte Negro, Hungary, Poland, Brasil, Greece and Tunisia, plus two club teams from United States (Northern Lights- Minnesota) and Long Beach- California). The team will also be participating in a pre-second-season camp in Austria.  In addition, Steffens will also be playing in a week long, beach doubles training camp in Italy this May.
    Steffens finished her Wildcat career with 151 kills, 144 digs and 103 total blocks in 84 matches and 198 games. She posted 83 blocks (14s, 69a) in her senior season, which ranked second on the Wildcat roster.
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