2007 — Played in all 31 matches, including seven starts ...Made all seven of her starts in the final nine matches ...Had 10 kills and eight digs as well as two aces in a four-set victory at Illinois State (Oct. 27) ...Had season-high 11 kills in sweep over Evansville (Nov. 4) ...Had four kills in five swings during first weekend back, hitting .800 ...Team went on an 11-0 run when she checked in during third set of road win at Iowa State (Aug. 28) ...Served four aces in road win at Drake (Sept. 11) and three aces vs. Green Bay (Sept. 14) ...Served late 5-0 run in fifth set of win at UNI as CU came back from an 11-7 deficit (Sept. 21) ...Served a season-high five aces in three-set win over Indiana State (Sept. 29) ...Had three kills and six digs in first start of the season at Indiana State (Oct. 26) ...Had nine kills, five digs and career-high six blocks in 3-1 win at Missouri State (Nov. 9) ...Had season-high 11 digs in win over Drake (Nov. 16) ...Her 19 aces in MVC play tied for team lead.
2006 — Started first three matches before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while landing after a jump serve against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 26) in the third match of the season ...Had season-ending surgery in Omaha on Sept. 7 ...Named to All-Tourney Team at the Holiday Inn Classic, averaging 3.78 kills and .78 aces per set before her injury ...Named to MVC’s Honor Roll.
2005 — Started in Creighton’s first six matches before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in her right elbow while diving for the ball on the final point of a Sept. 6 loss at Kansas State ...Underwent season-ending surgery on Sept. 14 ...Was averaging 2.94 kills and 2.72 digs per set at the time of her injury ...Received a medical redshirt for her lost season ...Dean’s List.
2004 — Named to the MVC All-Freshman Team ...Named MVC Freshman of the Week (Sept. 13) after averaging 2.85 kills, 2.77 digs and 0.69 blocks in four Creighton wins from Sept. 6-12 ...Served a school-record eight aces in a three-set sweep over New Mexico (Sept. 4) ...Those eight aces were tied for the most in any match by an MVC player in 2004 ...Missed CU’s matches vs. Missouri State (Sept. 25) and UMKC (Sept. 28) due to injury ...Had 22 kills and eight digs in second career match, a four-set contest vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 4) ...Her 22 kills were the most by a Bluejay freshman since 1998 ...Had six or more kills in each of her first 12 matches, the best such start by a freshman in school history ...Became Creighton’s second true freshman since 1998 to start the season opener ...Had first double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs in four-set win at Missouri (Sept. 10) ...Had second double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs in five-set win over Wichita State (Oct. 23) ...Also had a double-double in Creighton’s final two matches of the regular season, an 11-kill, 15-dig performance at Illinois State (Nov. 19) and a 14-kill, 15-dig showing at Indiana State (Nov. 20) ...Had 17 digs in MVC Tournament match vs. Illinois State (Nov. 26) ...Ranked fourth among the MVC leaders in aces per set ...Had 17 kills in 28 swings without an error to hit .607 in sweep over Bradley on Nov. 13 ...Her 240 kills ranked third among Creighton freshmen and were the most since 1998.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nebraska Player of the Year after leading Bellevue West to a 46-2 season and district and state titles as a senior ...Also honored as 2003 Gatorade Nebraska High School Volleyball Player of the Year, Bellevue Leader Player of the Year, B’nai B’rith Metropolitan Athlete of the Year and honorary captain on the Omaha World-Herald’s all-Nebraska volleyball team ...Was also honorable-mention all-state academic by the Lincoln Journal Star and all-Metro first-team captain ...Averaged 5.8 kills, 4.3 digs, .9 aces and .7 blocks per set as a senior ...Team went 33-9 as a junior (advancing to the state semifinals) when she averaged 4.1 kills, 4.3 digs and 1.7 blocks per set for the Thunderbirds ...Was a first-team all-state pick and third-team super-state pick ...Named honorable-mention all-state and all-metro as a sophomore for district champion team ...Earned a letter as a freshman for district champion squad in 2000 ...Had career totals of 1,244 kills, 1,214 digs, 414 blocks and 95 assists ...Set school records for aces in a season (86), kills in a season (585) and hitting efficiency (.376) ...Also tied school records for kills in a match (26) and aces in a match (9) ...Earned a letter in tennis as a sophomore and senior ...Owned a 4.5 GPA and ranked 17th of 339 in her high school class ...Had a match-high 11 kills in Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star game in Lincoln ...Coached by JoAnne Kappas ...Also has played club volleyball for the Nebraska Elite 17’s with coach Steve Bymers and the Nebraska Junior 18’s for coach Bill Egbert.
Kills 22 vs. Northern Colorado 9/4/04
Attempts 42 vs. Northern Colorado 9/4/04
Attack Pct. .607 vs. Bradley 11/13/04
Assists 4 vs. Nevada 8/25/06
Digs 17 (2x) last vs. Northern Colorado 8/26/05
Aces 8 at New Mexico 9/4/04
Blocks 6 at Missouri State 11/9/07
Points 23.0 vs. Northern Colorado 9/4/04
Creighton Awards & Honors
2004 MVC Freshman of the Week, Sept. 13
2004 MVC All-Freshman Team
2005-06 Dean’s List
2005-06 MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award
2005-06 MVC Honor Roll
2006 Most Inspirational Award
2006 12th Annual Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament Team
2006-07 MVC Honor Roll
More About Carolyn
Full Name: Carolyn Ruth Decker
Birthday: April 8, 1986
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Parents: John and Diane Decker
Siblings: Lindsey Walter (24) and Mitch Decker (17)
Nicknames: Decker, Carol, C
Favorite Athlete: Andy Roddick
Favorite Quote: “You can have it all, but maybe not all at once” (Anonymous)
Favorite Spot on Campus: Glass rooms in the library
2008 Summer Job: Pharmacy intern
Dream Job: A stay-at-home mom who goes to jazzercize everday
Career Ambition: To own my own pharmacy
Hobbies: Fishing, tennis, on-line shopping, kayaking, sun tanning
Community Involvement: Just Read Program, Habitat for Humanity, Siena Francis Clothing Drive
Did You Know? Carolyn is a member of the American Student Pharmacist Association and the Nebraska Community Pharmacists Association. She was formerly Creighton’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee President and the school’s Missouri Valley Conference Student Athletic Representative.