Koenig drums up good serves Owings Mills star has 100% accuracy

Going into this school year, Owings Mills senior Kathrin "Cattie" Koenig had one goal in mind -- to be the drum major of the school's marching band.

"There was this person up there in this beautiful white, shiny uniform leading the whole band," she said. "I said to myself that I wanted to do that my senior year.


"It's not so much a power thing, but it's more so leadership, which is a quality of high importance to me."

Koenig is leading the Golden Eagles' marching band this year, and on the volleyball court she is leading her team and the metro area in serving accuracy.


She has served 123 times in seven matches this season and hasn't missed once.

"The first two matches when I didn't miss any, I didn't think anything of it," Koenig said. "Now, it's like I don't want to miss any."

In Thursday's 15-6, 15-9, 15-4 sweep of Chesapeake in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game, she didn't. She had five kills and was 15-for-15 serving for the 7-0 Eagles.

Even though the statistics may give the impression that her serve always has been a strength, Koenig says her serving accuracy has been a recent development.

In the ninth grade as a junior varsity player, Koenig served underhanded, but was encouraged to learn an overhand serve.

"They ask you to try [an overhead serve] because it's more powerful," Koenig said. "The first time I tried, it went flop."

At the end of the regular season in her freshman year, Koenig was moved up to the varsity during the regional tournament to replace an injured player.

"She ended up playing very well, particularly for a freshman in a pressure situation like regionals," said Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer. "She's very enthusiastic, spirited and a real good team leader."


Koenig said she became interested in volleyball her freshman year because her friends played on the team.

"Then, I started breathing volleyball," she said.

But Koenig breathes more than volleyball. She breathes music as both a singer and a player of several musical instruments (flute, piccolo, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet and French horn). Her younger sister, Kirsten, is learning the violin, and she hopes to learn along with her.

And when Cattie is not playing a tune, she is carrying one. She has sung the national anthem at state tournaments and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. She is a member of Maryland Sings, which toured Europe this summer, and plans to audition for All-State Chorus in a few weeks.

"Music is kind of a gift God gave me," said Koenig, who likes to sing jazz, gospel and Broadway tunes.

Outside of school, where she is also secretary of the senior class, she is the president of the youth council at Northwest Baptist Church in Reisterstown.


As busy as she seems, Koenig is never without a smile.

"I'm always happy," she said. "I'd like to think that when people are down they can look at me and get a smile from me and feel better."