- USA Volleyball Team
- United States
- Birth Date
- Birth Place
- Iowa, USA
- 178 cm
- 75 kg
Hometown/Residence: Dubuque, Iowa/Dubuque, Iowa
Birth Date: Jan. 21, 1989
College/Major/Grad Year: University of Nebraska/English/2012
Joined Team: January 2011
Named 2013 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year
Earned gold medals in back-to-back Pan American Cups (2012, 2013) as the starting libero
Helped Team USA to bronze medal at 2011 Pan American Games in first international competition
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary)
2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver).
2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold).
2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze).
Did You Know
Started 20 of 31 matches at libero during 2013 season, compiling 2.25 dig average and 69 positive reception percent with only nine errors on 345 chances
Ranked second in Best Digger at 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with 3.19 dig average
Ranked atop the Best Receivers list at 2013 NORCECA Championship with a 89.6 efficiency percent on 67 attempts, and was second overall in Best Libero
Tallied 24 digs in 2012 Pan American Cup gold-medal match against Brazil, which had several Olympians competing only a couples weeks prior to start of 2012 Olympic Games
Finished four-year career at University of Nebraska wtih 1,706 digs
Named alternate for the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team
Chosen Gatorade's Iowa High School Player of the Year in 2006 after averaging 4.00 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.43 aces per set at Wahlert Catholic
Mother Anne played volleyball at University of Northern Iowa
Hobbies are reading, Broadway, the beach and sun
The Big Blurb
Kayla Banwarth on Individual Accolades: “If I’ve learned anything in my college career, and this career (with USA Volleyball), it’s the individual stuff isn’t as important as the team stuff, because the team stuff is so much more special."