|5 Heather Koontz
Notes: Enters her senior season ranked 19th on Western's all-time kills chart, just under 300 shy of moving into the all-time top 10 ... Stands as Catamounts' leading returner in terms of career kills for the second-straight season ... Moved into 25th on the career digs chart with 583, 162 shy of cracking the top 20 ... Is tied for 21st on WCU's all-time service ace chart with 55 total over her career ... Ranks 26th in career blocks with 90 total for her career, 31 shy of moving into the top 20 ... Is one of four seniors on the Catamount roster, one of three that have played all four years in Cullowhee.
2005: Played in a career-best 126 games, starting 33 of Western's 34 matches ... Ranked second on the team with 324 kills, third with 28 service aces and tied classmate Meghan Boyle for third with 338 digs, which also ties for the 24th-best single-season performance ... Tallied double-digit kills on 15 occasions, equaling that mark with 15 double-digit dig outings for a total of 10 double-doubles ... Finished with 40 total blocks which was the best season tally of her career ... Set a career-high for attack percentage, going errorless in 12 attempts with seven kills for a .583 mark versus Connecticut (9/3/05) ... Established then-career highs with 18 kills and 19 digs at Wofford (9/13/05) ... Earned all-tournament team honors at the UNC Asheville Bulldog Classic after totaling 23 kills and 14 digs (9/17/05) ... Surpassed her career benchmark for digs with a career-high 23 coupled with 17 kills in a home win over Chattanooga (9/27/05), tying her career digs mark with 23 in a road win at UNC Greensboro (11/13/05) ... Played perhaps her best career match at home versus The Citadel by tallying a career-high 20 kills with just two errors on 34 total attacks for a .529 attack percentage, adding 14 digs and tying her career numbers for assists (4) and service aces (3) (10/30/05) ... Killed 27 and dug 26 in Western's two games in the Southern Conference tournament (11/17-11/18/05) ... Was listed on the 2005-06 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
2004: Appeared in 73 games amidst 23 of Western's 28 matches ... Ranked fifth on the team in kills, hammering home 95 ... Reached the double-digit kill mark six times, just missing her career-high by one on two occasions - 13 kills at Davidson (10/24/04) and at home versus East Tennessee State (10/26/04) ... Finished sixth on the team in digs, recording 116 (1.59 digs per game) ... Had a then career-high 16 digs and a best five total blocks at Davidson (10/24/04) ... Dug a then career-best 17 in the five-game win at UNC Greensboro (11/6/04).
2003: Played in 114 games as a freshman ... Finished fourth on the team in total points (2.67/gm) and fourth in kills (2.32/gm) ... Helped the Cats to a final national ranking of 26 in digs per game (17.85/gm) ... Tallied a career-high 11 digs to help complete the shutout of Coastal Carolina (9/5/03) ... Led the Cats with a career-best 14 kills in Western's shutout of Savannah State (9/6/03) ... Posted 13 kills, a .458 attack percentage and two service aces versus Tennessee State (9/6/03), earning her All-Tournament honors in WCU's annual Catamount Clash ... Recorded a season-high 14 kills on three occasions: versus Savannah State (9/6/03), UNC Greensboro (10/2/03) and at East Tennessee State (11/4/03).
High School: A local product who played for the Rosman HS Tigers, which claimed the 2002 State 1A Championship as well as the Smoky Mountain Conference and Tournament Championships in 2001 and '02 ... Named the State Tournament MVP ... During her senior campaign, she averaged 17.6 kills per game, 2.2 blocks per game and a 94 percent serving percentage ... Named the Asheville Citizen-Times and Hendersonville Times-News Player of the Year as a senior as well as a Mountain Amateur Athletic Club Female Athlete of the Year finalist ... A two-time all-conference selection ... Also received honorable mention recognition her sophomore year ... Played for the Biltmore Club volleyball team for three years and competed on her high school's softball and basketball squads as well.
Personal: Full name is Heather Danielle Koontz ... Daughter of Louise Koontz ... Majoring in Sport Management.