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#1 Kara Bates
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bradley, Ill.
High School: Bradley Bourbonnais Community
Experience: 1 Letter
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Kara Bates
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 08/09/2011

- - Career Stats in PDF Format
- - 2012 Match-by-Match Stats in PDF Format
- - 2011 Match-by-Match Stats in PDF Format

CAREER NOTES
 - 2011 & 2012 First Team All-Mid-American Conference

 - 2011 MAC All-Tournament Team
 - MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 17, 2012)
 - Ranks seventh in program history with a 3.41 kills-per-set average
 - Ranks 15th in program history with double-figure kills in 43 matches
 - Ranks 18th in program history with 2,072 career attempts
 - Single Season Rankings: T-10th in matches with double-figure kills (25 in 2012), 13th in attempts (1,169 in 2012), 15th in kills (417 in 2012), T-19th in kills-per-set average (3.59 in 2012)

2012 (Sr.): Earned second letter at Ball State … First Team All-Mid-American Conference … played in all 31 matches, earning 30 starts … one of only two players to see action in all 116 sets … blasted double-figure kills in 25 matches, including a career-high 24 kills at Northern Colorado (Sept. 8) … tallied 19 kills in five matches, while tagging 18 in two … her 417 kills on the year are the 15th-best single-season total in program history, while her 25 matches with double-figure kills tied for 10th on BSU’s single-season charts … blasted at least six kills in every match she played, while hitting .300-or-better in nine matches … ranked second on the team with nine kill/dig double-doubles in the season … collected double-digit digs in 10 matches, including a season-high 18 versus Wyoming (Sept. 15) … served up a career-high tying three aces versus Central Michigan (Oct. 5) … posted a career-best eight total blocks on two occasions, with the first coming off a career-high eight total blocks at Bowling Green (Oct. 19) … collected a career-high four solo blocks at Central Michigan (Nov. 10), while adding for block assists for her second eight-block match … led the team with 21 solo blocks on the season … Preseason All-MAC … Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team … Ball State Tournament Most Valuable Player.

2011 (Jr.): Earned first letter at Ball State ... First Team All-MAC ... MAC All-Tournament Team ... played in all 33 matches, earning 23 starts ... saw action in 106 of a possible 122 sets ... tied for first on the team with double-digit kills in 18 matches, including nine of the last 12 contests ... team-best 3.20 kills-per-set average ... posted a season-high 20 kills at Western Michigan (Nov. 4), while adding a season-best seven total blocks ... posted 19 kills against Virginia Commonwealth (Sept. 17), while tagging 18 kills in three matches ... collected a career-high 20 digs in the MAC Tournament quarterfinal victory over Eastern Michigan (Nov. 11) ... had five kill/dig double-doubles on the year, including three of the last six matches ... tallied double-digit digs in six matches ... hit a career-best .533 (10-2-15) at Valparaiso (Sept. 2) and hit .300-or-better 10 times this season ... served up a career-high three aces against St. Louis (Nov. 26)  ... second on the team with 13 solo blocks, including a season-high three solo stuffs against Toledo (Sept. 22) ... tallied at least one block in 24 matches ... Marriott Volley Brawl All-Tournament Team ... Spartan Invitational All-Tournament Team.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
2010 (So.):
Earned second letter at Maryland ... played in 21 matches, earning 19 starts ... saw action in 76 of a possible 117 sets ... ranked second on the team with a 2.55 kills-per-set average, while hitting .226 for the year ... recorded double-digit kills in eight matches ... tallied a season-high 17 kills in two matches, versus NC State (Oct. 29) and versus Duke (Nov. 14) ... tallied 14 kills in back-to-back matches versus Miami (Fla.) (Oct. 15) and No. 22 Florida State (Oct. 17) ... tied her career-high with four total blocks at Wake Forest (Sept. 30) ... posted a season-high six dig in the matched versus Wake Forest and Florida State.

2009 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Maryland ...  played in all 33 matches and 119 sets, earning 20 starts ... blasted a Maryland career-high 20 kills, while adding 10 digs and a .385 hitting mark in her collegiate debut against Stony Brook (Aug. 28) ... scored double-digit kills in 12 matches, including 16 in the season finale versus Boston College (Nov. 25) ... also hit a Maryland career-best .433 versus the Eagles ... added a Maryland career-best 12 digs versus Loyola (Md.), while posting double-figure digs in three matches ... collected a Maryland career-high four total blocks in two matches; versus the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Sept. 19) and versus No. 17 Florida State (Oct. 16).

PREP CAREER
Earned two letters at Bradley Bourbonnais as a freshman and sophomore, before opting to train with the Chicago Boys Ultimate Volleyball team as a junior and senior ... named team captain of her Ultimate squad as a senior ... five-time Junior Olympic qualifier ... helped guide her team to a first-place finish at the Asics National Championships in 2007 ... honorable mention all-state in 2005 and 2006 ... also earned all-area accolades both seasons.

PERSONAL
Majoring in communications … finished her Ball State career with a 3.201 grade-point average ... born Oct. 19, 1990, in Kankakee, Ill. ... daughter of Don and Katie Bates ... has one brother, Andy, and one sister, Kelli ... father played college basketball at Florida State and Vanderbilt ... brother played football at Harper College ... full name is Kara Marie Bates.

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