GENERAL: Skilled, intelligent libero...Great instincts and agility...Covers court extremely well...Makes up for lack of size with quick reflexes and great knowledge of the game...Very aggressive player...Regularly sacrifices body to save points...One of the top back row defenders in the MAAC...Exceptional passer... Possesses great ball control...Emerged as the team's starting libero from day one freshman season...Provides great leadership and experience in back row...Part of three MAAC Championship teams...On pace to become school's all-time leader in career digs.
AS A JUNIOR: Started all 32 matches and played in 113 of 116 sets...Led team with 417 digs (3.69/set)...Collected 29 service aces...Posted double digit digs in 25 of 32 matches...Tallied season high 28 digs in MAAC Championship match win over Fairfield (11/19)...Registered 20 digs in 3-1 loss at Hofstra.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 35 matches and 118 sets...Led team with 3.64 digs per set...Registered 40 service aces...Posted 22 10+ dig performances...Had 49 digs in Siena's two matches with Iona (10/14 and 11/12)...Registered 16 digs and nine service aces in MAAC Tournament win over Saint Peter's (11/16).
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 32 matches and all but two sets...Led the team with 409 digs (3.47/set)...Posted double-digit digs in 24 matches...Had season-high 27 digs in four sets at Iona (10/16).
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY: Attended same high school as Barack Obama and Michelle Wie...Born January 19, 1987 in Honolulu... Active in the community...Volunteered up to 12 hours per week (January-March 2005) for the Hale Nani Rehabilitation Center...Assisted with Special Olympics and worked on the Enchanted Lake Elementary Beautification Project in her neighborhood... The daughter of Alan and Evie Kobayashi...A psychology major.
BEFORE SIENA: Named First Team All-State (Hawaii Sports Network), Second Team All-State (Honolulu Advertiser) and All-State Honorable Mention following junior season in which Punahou captured State Championship...Selected All-State Honorable Mention as a senior.
PIERRE ON KOBAYASHI: "Kathi has been one of the MAAC's best liberos for the past three years. She anchors our back row defense and puts it all on the line. She has enjoyed a spectacular career at Siena and will go down as perhaps the best defensive player ever to come through the program."
Getting to Know Kathi Kobayashi
Full name: Kathi Lauren Hanako Kobayashi
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I was born and raised in Hawaii.
My favorite TV show is: Lost
Athlete I most admired while growing up: Mia Hamm
If I didn't play volleyball, I would: probably be playing another sport
My most memorable match ever was: Playing in Connecticut against Fairfield for the MAAC Championship last season in front of my family
My favorite athlete is: Misty May Treanor
The best advice I was ever given is: Always do your best
My best Siena volleyball moment has been: Winning the MAAC championship 3 years in a row
Favorite quote: "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings
If I could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? Barack Obama
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Japan
...Why? Because I have never been and my brother is currently living there.
My favorite movie: Now and Then
My favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
If I had $10 million I would: Travel all over the world and bring my family and friends with me.