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Natalie Patzin
Player Profile:
Natalie Patzin 824547
Position: Libero
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Naperville, IL
High School: Benet Academy
Club: Sports Performance
Major: Bioengineering
Experience: 3 Letters




Career Highlights

  • Four-time Academic All-ACC
  • ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient
  • Finished career with 542 kills and 1460 digs
  • 1,460 career digs ranks third in school history

2012: Senior - Team Captain

  • Academic All-ACC
  • Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Postgraduate Scholarship winner
  • Started at libero in every match
  • Ranked 4th in the ACC with 4.49 digs per set, the 7th-best average in school history
  • had double-figure digs in 29 of 31 matches
  • registered 20+ digs seven times, with a high of 27 against Virignia Tech
  • Had 74 digs over three-match span (5.28 digs/set) in 3 wins from Oct. 28-Nov. 3. 

2011: Junior - Team Captain

Moved to libero after the fifth match, and started every match the rest of the way, averaging 4.14 digs per set after the change; Now has 538 kills and 971 digs in her career

  • Named to Academic All-ACC team
  • Registered 12 or more digs 21 times
  • Had 71 digs in a three-match-span in ACC play, which came out to a staggering 5.91 digs per set
  • Had a .960 season serve-receiving percentage, with an average that went up to .968 in ACC play
  • Contributed 13 service aces for the season
  • Totaled 445 digs for the season, and average 4.40 digs per set in league play
  • Had 29 digs against Duke
  • Recorded 23 digs and six assists in defeat of Boston College
  • Had 28 digs against Virginia Tech
  • Dished out 67 assists for the year
  • Had 13 aces this season

2010: Sophomore

Saw her role in the offense expand as she had the third-most attacks on the team. Patzin was named to the academic All-ACC team as a bioengineering major. She crossed the 500 kill-500 dig plateau for her career during the season.

  • Named to Academic All-ACC team
  • Started all 31 of the team's matches appearing in 119 of 119 sets.
  • Recorded a .958 return percentage as a primary serve receiver in the back row.
  • Ranked third on the team with 228 kills, 298 digs, and 25 service aces
  • Registered double-digit kills in ten matches and double-digit digs in 14 of final 19 matches
  • Tallied 10 kills and eight digs against Winthrop, while not posting an attack error for a .455 hitting mark
  • Named to the Spartan Invitational All-Tournament Team after knocking down 27 kills in three matches
  • Played one of the finest matches of her career against Virginia, recording 12 kills and 22 digs
  • Posted season-highs of 13 kills twice, against Georgia State and Wake Forest

2009: Freshman

  • Outstanding freshman starter who played in 117 sets
  • Ranked third on the team with 287 kills while hitting .211, and led the Tigers in kills seven times
  • Notched 12 kills, six digs, and four blocks in collegiate debut against South Carolina, playing the entire match
  • Had Nine kills, nine digs, and four blocks against College of Charleston
  • Had 12 kills in 26 attempts for a .423 hitting mark against Loyola; Also had five digs
  • Had 13 kills in 27 attempts and five digs against Western Illinois; Also had three assists and two aces
  • Recorded 11 kills in 27 attempts against DePaul
  • Led Clemson in kills for the Tournament, and hit .386 in her home state
  • Named to the All-Tournament team for the DePaul Challenge
  • Recorded 16 kills in 33 attempts against Georgia Tech; Also had 11 digs
  • Had 10 kills in 28 attempts in a three-set match against Southeast Missouri; Also had 14 digs
  • Recorded 10 digs and 11 kills against ranked Michigan State
  • Had career-high 18 kills in 44 attempts for a .364 hitting mark against Furman
  • Posted 11 kills and seven digs against Florida State
  • Put up a .368 hitting mark against Virginia with nine kills in 19 attempts; Also had six digs
  • Posted a .483 hitting mark with 16 kills against Charlotte
  • Had eight kills and eight digs in three-set defeat of Wake Forest
  • Had nine kills in Tigers defeat of Virginia Tech
  • Recorded four digs in first round NCAA tournament game against #17 ranked Oregon

Before Clemson

  • Earned four letters in volleyball at Benet Academy, the same high school as former Clemson player Sue Eckman
  • In 2008, led the Redwings to a 40-2 record and a Illinois State Runners-Up finish
  • Team finished with the #2 ranking in the state of Illinois
  • Named to a pair of all-tournament teams as a senior and was a member of the Great Lakes High Performance Team
  • Led Benet to conference championships in 2007 and 2008 and a Sweet 16 appearance in the state tournament
  • Played for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club, the same club that produced recent Clemson players Meghan Stanton, Leslie Mansfield, Jeannette Abbott and Sue Eckman
  • Named an All-American at the Junior Volleyball Directors Association Championships in 2008 after leading the team to the title
  • Father Joe played ice hockey at the University of Illinois from 1980-84
  • Born July 22, 1991

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