OLMA’s Katie Burrichter is well known for her performance on the Volleyball court — a place she feels completely at home. Katie began playing Club volleyball in the fourth grade. She also wanted to play for her school, but St. Michael the Archangel Regional School didn’t have a team. “That’s when I first met Coach Fred (Marcano),” said Katie. “He introduced volleyball at St. Michael’s and formed our first team.”
Little did she know that Coach Fred would re-enter her life in high school as OLMA’s head coach for volleyball — a position he started in this summer. “Our team is making a lot of progress so far this year,” said Katie. “Coach has introduced new techniques, plus we have a lot of new freshmen players.” The team also has some great leadership in co-captains, Katie and Morgan Hagerty.
Katie’s hard work and leadership were rewarded this past weekend as she was named MVP Libero for the whole tournament. When asked about that honor she said she was surprised. “I didn’t expect it, but my adrenaline and energy level were both pretty high that day. They were a tough team and I wanted to be every where and get every ball.” And that she did.
This is Katie’s third year playing varsity volleyball for OLMA, something she has in common in with her two sisters, Nicole, OLMA ’14 and Ashley, OLMA ’16. When it came time to choose a high school, Katie said she remembers having options. “My parents let me decide which high school felt best,” she said. “I had already spent so much time at OLMA with my sisters that it already felt like home. We’re all girls, we can totally be ourselves. I have a Spiderman notebook and no one cares. I’m not sure I’d be comfortable carrying it around anywhere else.”
Academically, Katie is a fan of Chemistry and History and is considering attending college to be a Chemical Engineer. She hasn’t made any decisions yet on schools, but after attending OLMA’s college tours, has put Loyola and Catholic University on the consideration list. In addition to great academic programs, both schools have women’s volleyball teams. Any school would be lucky to have you, Katie. Good luck on the rest of your season!