Cassabaum signs with UNI

Story and photo by Joe Randleman
Cassabaum signs with UNI

Purple is the perfect color for Nevada senior Kati Cassabaum.

Fresh off of helping the Nevada volleyball team win the Class 3A state championship last Friday, Cassabaum signed a Letter of Intent to play Division 1 volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa Monday at the Nevada High School Field House.

“I’ve always liked UNI,” Cassabaum said. “It’s a great college, plus I really wanted to continue playing volleyball.”

Cassabaum, the daughter of Steve and Michelle Cassabaum of Nevada, is an all-state performer. The athletic 6-0 middle blocker led Nevada with 323 kills and 96 blocks in 112 sets this season.

Cassabaum said she is thrilled with getting to continue her career after high school. She said UNI is the perfect fit for her.

“I love the coaches and the players there and the gym is awesome,” Cassabaum said. “They really value their volleyball team there - they have a good tradition.”

Great coaching under current Nevada head coach Will Baumann and former coach James Brockway is something Cassabaum credits with making it possible to get a shot at the Division 1 level.

“The coaches were a big part of it, getting me to the skill level I’m at,” Cassabaum said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”

Volleyball wasn’t the only option for Cassabaum regarding her athletic career in college. She is also a standout for the defending 3A state championship girls’ basketball and two-time 1A state runners-up girls’ soccer teams for Nevada.

“I’ve got a lot of good things going for me right now,” Cassabaum said. “I’ve had a few coaches (in other sports) after me, but I knew volleyball was the sport I wanted to do in college. Doing one sport is a big commitment, two would be huge.”

Cassabaum said she plans on majoring in biology at UNI.

“I’m not exactly sure what I want my degree to be in,” Cassabaum said, “but I want to do something in the medical field.”