Vaughn off to Brigham Young

By: Matt Long
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When nominating Katie Vaughn for Outstanding Career Female Athlete, Oak Ridge volleyball coach Becky Potter stepped up to bat for the player that starred for the school for the last four seasons. In short, Potter said, was that Vaughn was a volleyball legend at Oak Ridge and when people think of Oak Ridge volleyball, they think of Katie Vaughn. In the end it was Vaughn who earned the Oak Ridge Career Female Athlete. “I really pushed for her to get the award,” Potter said. “She’s by far one of the best athletes to come out of Oak Ridge. She’s got the most kills and the most aces in team history, going back about six years.” At the team’s annual volleyball camp, all the young volleyball players run to Vaughn, Potter said, saying they all want to be like her. “At the end of last season I called a junior varsity player up to the varsity team, sophomore Nicolette Tsivkas. When she told her family she was called up, her younger sister, Noelle, said, ‘Do you know what this means? You get to play with Katie Vaughn.’” During Vaughn’s junior season in 2009, Volleyball Magazine named her one of the top-25 recruits in the country. Brigham Young University offered her a scholarship prior to her junior season and Vaughn accepted in November of 2009. The 6-foot, 2-inch outside hitter played four years of varsity volleyball, helping Oak Ridge to a 121-43 record over that time. She was an all-league player all four years and was named to the All-Metro team her junior and senior seasons. Vaughn helped Oak Ridge to section championships in 2008 and 2009 and both seasons Oak Ridge split two games in the Nor-Cal playoffs, losing to Mountain View in the NorCal semis in 2008 and to Salinas in the NorCal finals in 2009. “My biggest memory is actually beating Ponderosa in five games my senior year on Think Pink night,” Vaughn said. “They’re a rival and it was a close game and a lot of fun. I will always remember my junior year and how close we came to a state championship. It was also great having Potter as coach.” Since the high school season ended, Vaughn has been playing for her club team, Force Volleyball Club 18-1, and working out. Just last week she arrived at BYU to start conditioning. Classes started Monday and double-day practices begin Aug. 9. “I’m really excited to be part of such a big program,” Vaughn said. “It’s very competitive, which I look forward to, and it’s just awesome to be at a Division I college.”