Staten Island, NY | Head Coach Lak Wai (Larry) Ng and the College of Staten Island women’s volleyball program is proud to announce the celebratory signing of New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior and multi-sport star Kathryn Abramo. The accomplished athlete and scholar competed in five different sports at NHPM but will make the volleyball hardwood at CSI her home for the next four years.
A two-time All-County Honorable Mention standout for the Gladiators, Abramo is ready for the transition. A year-round athlete, she participated in basketball, was a high and long jumper in track & field, a lacrosse attacker and a soccer midfielder. In the middle of the volleyball court is where the senior has excelled, and one trip to the CSI campus convinced Abramo of her need to be a Dolphin.
“I knew I wanted to attend CSI from the moment I stepped on campus. I immediately had butterflies in my stomach,” Abramo said. ”Staten Island just feels like home. When I visited other campuses I didn’t have the same feeling.”
Under Ng, CSI is undergoing its first recruiting cycle, and again the coach is excited about getting another solid presence in the middle of the court at the top of the net. In her senior season, Abramo spread out 27 blocks and 111 kills to accompany 28 service aces when she toes behind the service line. Abramo has also lent herself to the Block Magic Volleyball Club in 2016 & 2017, and she hopes her experience can bring added value to the program.
“I play coed volleyball as well and after playing with the boys, I have picked up on many different techniques and tricks that I think could give us that extra edge,” she said.
Abramo’s statistics and her experience are an accentuation to her proficiency in the classroom and her ability to be a selfless leader looking to do whatever possible to make the team better. Coach Ng is excited at the opportunity to work with her.
“Katie is one of those hard-working students who seeks to be a true leader out on the court,” said Ng. “With her height and approach to the game, she can bring some solid depth to our front line.” Like many recruits, Ng knows that Abramo’s best volleyball is still very much in front of her. “I can envision Katie being one of those players who will get better and better as she gets accustomed to our style of play and the collegiate game. She can be a big help to us down the stretch and for that playoff push.”
The daughter of Silvio and Patti Abramo, Kathryn is from an athletic family. She has an older sister, Allison, and another, Jennifer, who has played lacrosse and basketball. Her younger brother, Joseph, plays lacrosse and volleyball as well. Alongside her athletic endeavors, Kathryn is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a member of the Business Honor Society.
The Dolphins finished 7-18 a year ago, their first season under Ng, and are looking to build after graduating just two seniors a year ago. The Dolphins, who went through four coaches in the past five seasons, are looking to take a significant step forward in 2018, seeking to position themselves as a leader in the conference for years to come.