Catherine W.L. Luke ’95
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Year Inducted: 2001
Armed with tremendous durability and a 27-inch vertical leap, Catherine Luke ascended to one of the most successful volleyball careers in Brown history. In 1994, Luke, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was the first-ever member of a Brown volleyball team to be named Ivy League Player of the Year. When she left College Hill in 1995, Luke had truly etched her name in the Brown volleyball record book.
A four-year member of the volleyball team, Luke came to Brown in the fall of 1991. As a freshman, she was named as an All-Ivy honorable mention for the Bears.
The following season as a sophomore, Luke garnered Second Team All-Ivy honors and was named an All-Ivy Scholar Athlete and ECAC Scholar-Athlete.
As a junior in 1993, Luke captained the volleyball squad and was named First Team All-Ivy. She was also a repeat selection as an Academic All-Ivy and ECAC Scholar-Athlete.
In her senior season, Luke reached the pinnacle of her volleyball achievements by being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. This selection marked the first time that a Brown player had won the honor since the founding of the award in 1987. For the second year in a row she was also named First Team All-Ivy. Luke recorded 32 digs in a match twice, against Cornell and Penn, which ranked as the second highest number of digs for a single match in Brown history. A team captain for the second consecutive year, Luke propelled the Bears into the semi-finals of the Ivy League Championships. Luke finished the year as the Ivy leader in digs with 464, more than 150 better than the second place finisher. She also had the league’s third best kill average with 3.25 per game.
Luke ranks highly in several career statistics at Brown. She recorded the fifth highest number of kills with 783 and the second highest hitting percentage at .229. Luke also ranks fifth on the career digs list with 814.
In 1995, Luke was honored with the Arlene E. Gorton Award as the Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year. Continuing to collect awards and honors after graduation, Luke was named to the Silver Anniversary Honor Roll for volleyball as part of the 25th Anniversary of Women in the Ivy League in 1998.