A senior who will start for the second straight season at outside hitter ... At 6-3, is the tallest Jayhawk on the squad ... Was the Jayhawks' hottest hitter in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, posting 36 kills in two matches ... An explosive hitter with good reach and a hard swing ... Has become more comfortable with her role and the demands of Big 12 play ... Was a major key to KU's success in 2004 as a junior transfer ... Two-time NJCAA All-American as a freshman and sophomore at Barton County C.C. in Great Bend, Kan. ... Brings international and junior college national-championship experience to the squad.
2004: junior season
Named the 2004 Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year ... Fourth on the squad with 2.78 kills per game ... Started all 31 of KU's matches and totaled 297 kills, 101 digs and 55 blocks in her first season with the Jayhawks ... Posted 2.71 kills and 1.01 digs per game in Big 12 matches ...Notched double-digit kills in 14 of the Jayhawks' 31 matches ... Averaged 1.89 kills, 1.00 digs and 1.00 blocks per game in three matches of the ORU Classic Sept. 3-4 ... Best blocking match of the season was against Loyola-Chicago, where she posted four block assists and three solos ... Notched 11 kills against No. 25 Wisconsin in the Holiday Inn/Jayhawk Classic on Sept. 10 ... Posted 10 kills, four block assists and four digs at No. 12 Texas A&M on Sept. 17 ... Notched a career-high 10 digs to go with six kills against Texas Tech on Sept. 22 ... Led KU with 11 kills and added six digs against No. 22 Texas on Sept. 25 ... Notched 10 kills against No. 16 Kansas State on Oct. 6 ... Posted 16 kills on a .361 attack percentage against Missouri on Oct. 16 ... Added 15 kills and for a career-best .500 attack percentage (2e-26att) in KU's three-game win over Oklahoma on Oct. 20 ... Led the Jayhawks with 13 kills to go with seven digs and four block assists against Iowa State on Oct. 27 ... Led KU with a match-best 15 kills (.370 attack percentage) in three games against the Sooners on Nov. 6 ... Contributed eight kills and two block assists at No. 3 Nebraska on Nov. 12 ... Added 11 kills in KU's sweep of No. 13 Texas A&M on Nov. 20 ... Contributed 11 kills on a .346 hitting average in three games at Texas Tech on Nov. 24 ... Had the best match of her career Dec. 4 against Washington in the NCAA Second Round ... Led KU with 24 kills on 61 attempts in the Jayhawks' 3-2 loss.
Spent freshman and sophomore seasons at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. ... Averaged 3.35 kills and a .415 attack percentage as a sophomore ... Posted 4.49 kills and 2.17 digs in her freshman season with the Cougars ... Named an First-Team NJCAA All-American as a sophomore in 2003 and Second-Team All-American in 2002 ... Earned First-Team NJCAA All-Tournament honors after leading the Cougars to the 2003 NJCAA National Volleyball Championship ... Was coached at BCCC by John Hunter ... Helped her club team of Pinheiros (Sao Paulo) to the Brazilian National Championships on a pair of occasions with a second place finish in 2000.
Born Aug. 17, 1982 ... Full name is Paula Ten Caten ... Nickname is "Paulete" ... Majoring in Business at KU ... Parents are Inacio and Maria Carme Ten Caten ... Has a four-year old daughter, Paola ... Siblings are Ruthe, Haidi and Junior ... Was also recruited by Fresno State, Penn State, South Florida and Minnesota.