2004: One of four players to see the floor in all 110 games for the Hokies, starting all 29 of Tech's matches at middle hitter ... Second on the team with 364 kills ... Led the team for second straight season with a .309 hitting percentage, with a .332 hitting percentage in conference games ... Set a new career high with 23 kills against North Carolina ... Hit a career-high .621 against Clemson, recording 21 kills on 29 attempts and three errors ... Tops for the Hokies with 18 solo and 91 total blocks as a sophomore ... Totaled 10 or more kills 21 times, 20 or more kills three times ... Totaled 15 service aces and 98 total digs ... Was 10th in the ACC in hitting percentage, third in conference games only, with a .332 average ... Selected as a member of the VaSID second team ... Was named to the Hokie Fall Invite and Outback Tournament hosted by Georgia all-tournament teams.
2003: Contributed immediately as a true freshman ... Played in all but three games ... Led the Hokies in hitting percentage (.333), aces (41), solo blocks (21), block assists (97), total blocks (118) and blocks per game (1.18) ... Her team-high .333 hitting percentage was third all-time at Tech for a season ... Her 118 total blocks were the ninth most in a season for a Hokie ... Had the second best hitting percentage in the BIG EAST during conference matches at .362 ... In overall matches, was fourth in the conference in blocks and fifth in the BIG EAST in aces ... Had one or more aces in 19 matches ... In her first collegiate start against Campbell, tallied three aces, 12 kills, five total blocks (two solo, three assisted) and hit .529 ... A natural blocker ... Recorded six block assists against East Tennessee State ... Personal-best three solo blocks at the College of Charleston ... Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (10/27/03) after her efforts against Connecticut and St. John's ... Named to the All-BIG EAST honorable mention team ... One of only two freshmen recognized with post-season awards in 2003 ... Tabbed as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northeast Honorable Mention ... Named to the VaSID All-State University Division Second Team ... Sole freshman on any all-state list.
High School: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Karen Traub at Barrington High School ... Named to the all-conference team ... Received all-area third-team honors ... Served as team captain ... Helped lead her team to two second-place finishes in the state tournament ... Was honored with the "Best of Barrington" athlete award ... Earned All-America status while playing AAUs ... Played for Sports Performance VBC, winning a national championship in 2003.
Personal: Catherine V. Esbrook was born on October 10, 1984, in Barrington, Ill. ... Is the daughter of Randy and Corinne Esbrook ... Has two older sisters, Cheryl and Elizabeth ... Enrolled in human nutrition, foods and exercise.