Get to know volleyball standout Katie Rutecki

Player: Katie Rutecki

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

Number: 2

Major: English Writing

Hometown:  Burbank, California


Question: What does it mean to be a Bobcat?

Katie Rutecki: The family feeling is the main part. There is such a tight-knit community here, and it has helped me develop so many friends that have become my family.

Q: What is your favorite memory as a Bobcat?

KR: Watching the seats fill up and the atmosphere brought to Shroyer for the Cat-Griz game.

Q: What’s the best thing about gameday at Shroyer?

KR: The dance party that my teammates and I have before the game.

Q: What brought you to MSU?

KR: I had been at a Junior College beforehand, and when I was being recruited I had told another school that it was basically a yes to them unless I had a perfect trip to Bozeman. Turns out I had that perfect trip from the moment I stepped foot on MSU’s campus. It’s really the perfect climate for me.

Q: What do you want to do after you graduate?

KR: I want to teach English as a foreign language to seniors in high school. My senior year in high school really helped set me on this path with some outstanding teachers who helped me realize there is more to me than I thought.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do around Bozeman?

KR: I love exploring dirt roads in the backcountry and just seeing where they take me.

Q: What is your favorite pump up song?

KR: “Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX

Q: What is your best memory with teammates?

KR: The fourth of July in Ennis. We went to the rodeo and got to experience small town Montana fun and I had a blast.

Q: Do you have any goals for the end of the season?
KR: I want to end everything on a positive note no matter the outcome.

Q: Are there any fun nicknames you all have for each other?

KR: I get called “Roo” mostly but we call Audra Dugan “Doogie,” Hannah Scott is “Scottie” and Kiana Black is “Kye” or “Konnie.”

Q: If there was a phrase to wrap up your experience at MSU what would it be?
KR: Bittersweet. This has been the best decision of my life and I can’t imagine going anywhere else now that I’ve been here but it’s very bittersweet to be coming to an end.