2011: Caitlin Welch earned All-Tournament honors at the Baymont Bobcat Classic. She led the team with 519 digs (4.41/set) and was third on the team with 30 aces. Her 21 digs against Connecticut was tops by a Cardinal in a three-set match since the inception of 25 point sets. Season highlights came against Wichita State where she recorded a match-high 22 digs and against Virginia when she tied her career-high with 23 digs. Against Purdue in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, she led the Cardinals with 19 digs.
In the UConn match, she led the Cardinals with 21 digs and three service aces . Against West Virginia, she recorded
25 digs and versus Marquette, she recorded double-digit digs for the 11th straight match. Versus Villanova, Welch set a career-high with 29 digs. In the NCAA against Ball State, she tallied a match-high 16 digs and dished out seven assists. In the final match of the season, she had a match high digs against Purdue in the NCAAs.
2010: Caitlin Welch worked her way into the starting libero spot as a freshman. She led the team with 457 digs on the season (3.84/set) and was second on the team with 24 aces. Early in the season, she recorded 18 digs against Butler during the Arizona Wildcat Classic to go along with 17 against #24 Arizona. At her best against the best, she averaged 3.78 digs/set against ranked teams. With 19 digs against Notre Dame, she went ahead and set a new career-high with 23 digs, the most by a Cardinal that season, during UofL's victory over Cincinnati. She tied her career-high with 23 digs against Seton Hall in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament. She averaged 4.64 digs per set during the BIG EAST Tournament and recorded 21 digs against Austin Peay during the BIG EAST/OVC Showdown.
High School: Caitlin Welch, a libero from Mercy Academy in Louisville was a member of the two-time reigning state championship team. She is a two-time first team all-state member and this year was the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Most Valuable Player. Named the Region 6 player of the Year as a senior, her team at Mercy Academy finished with 36 wins to just 6 losses. During her junior year, Caitlin's team only lost one match and finished with an impressive 40 wins en route to their second placed national finish. Caitlin is a member of the all-district and all-region teams for all four years of her high school career. She is also a three-time AAU All-American, and a four time member of the Berkeley Premier All-Tournament Team. Prep Volleyball named her a Top 20 Defensive Dandy and a Senior Ace.
Personal: Daughter of Lee Ann and Kevin Welch. Born March 22, 1992. Major is exercise science.
Favorites - Volleyball player: Sarah Drury; Hobby: Working out; Movies: Man On Fire, A Walk to Remember; TV Shows: Make it or Break it, One Tree Hill; Musical groups: Sugarland, The Maine; Favorite Foods: Strawberry banana yogurt; Her advice to youngsters: If you have a dream, strive for it, don't give it up and live it to the fullest; Person she'd most like to meet: Channing Tatum; Her biggest thrill in sports: Winning back-to-back state championships; Class: Math; Book: Twilight Series; Words that describe her: Gullible, outgoing, determined; If she could have dinner with three people (current, historical and fictional): Robert Pattinson, Michael Jackson, Hagrid.
Kills: 1, AUSTIN PEAY, Nov 27, 2010 ; DePaul, Oct 10, 2010 ; vs Marshall, Sep 10, 2011
Attacks: 2, Notre Dame, Oct 09, 2010 ; vs Butler, Sep 04, 2010
Assists: 10, USF, Oct 24, 2010
Serve aces: 4, at Purdue, Dec 04, 2010
Digs: 29, at Villanova, Nov 11, 2011