2014 (Junior): Played in 29 matches and 101 sets mainly as UNCG’s libero … Paced the Spartans in digs (462), digs per set (4.57) and finished second on the team in assists (93) and assists per set (0.92) … Her digs per set mark was the seventh highest in a single season in program history … Currently sits second on the UNCG career chart with a 4.28 digs per set average and sixth with 1,395 total digs … Ended up tied for second among Southern Conference players and 80th nationally in digs per set … Named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week three times (Sept. 1, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27) … Tallied double-digit digs in all but four matches during the season and eclipsed the 20-dig plateau five times … Notched 30 digs in matches against Howard (Sept. 6) and Western Carolina (Oct. 21) … Recorded a season-high seven assists to go along with 25 digs in UNCG’s 3-1 win at Mercer (Sept. 27).
2013 (Sophomore): Played in 29 matches, many as UNCG’s starting libero … Led the Spartans in digs (484) and digs per set (4.57) … Finished seventh in the Southern Conference in total digs and digs per set … Digs per set average is tied for the seventh-highest in a single season in program history … Averaged 4.95 digs per set in conference matches … Tallied double-digit digs in all but six contests … Reached the 20-dig plateau in 11 matches – including a career-high 33 against Murray State (Sept. 6) at the Spartan Spiketacular … Fell just short of a double-double vs. Furman (Nov. 8) as she racked up a career-high nine assists and 19 digs.
2012 (Freshman): Enjoyed a highly-successful freshman campaign as one of two Spartans to play in all 119 sets … Finished second on the squad with 449 digs and an average of 3.77 digs per set … Produced eight 20-dig performances in 11 contests, with a career-high 32 against Patriot League favorite and defending champion American University (Sept. 8) … Turned in 20-dig performances in matches with SoCon foes Elon (Sept. 20), Western Carolina (Sept. 29), Davidson (Oct. 14) and Chattanooga (Nov. 2) … Earned Top Libero billing in both of UNCG’s home tournaments as chosen by the participating coaches … Tallied a personal-best five assists against in-state rival UNC Wilmington (Sept. 14).
High School: Played at Colegio Adianez as a libero for coach Eduardo Morales ... Competed all four seasons on the varsity squad and was named to the all-star team at the Puerto Rico Junior Nationals ... Invited to train with the Puerto Rico National Team ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Club: She played her club volleyball for the Puerto-Rican based VB Rags where her 16-1 team finished seventh in the 16-open division at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics ... Led her squad to the Puerto Rico Junior National title and garnered a spot on the nine-member All-Tournament Team ... Was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Power League
Personal: Katherine M. Santiago ... Born Dec. 10, 1993, in San Juan, Puerto Rico ... Daughter of Graciano and Lucy Santiago ... Sister, Jackeline, played one year of volleyball at the University of Puerto Rico ... Majoring in biology.