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Karis Watson
6′2″Rock Hill, South Carolina
Karis Watson
Player Stats
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2024 Atlanta Vibe Season  |  Watson's Bio  |  Personal

 

Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'2"
College: Clemson
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Pronunication: CARE-iss

 

 

Pro Volleyball Federation 

PVF Transactions: Signed a contract with the Atlanta Vibe prior to the 2024 Inaugural Season (10/27/23). Signed a contract with the Atlanta Vibe (6/30/24). 

 

 

Atlanta Vibe - 2024

  • Made her PVF debut in the first match in league history, when the Vibe took down the Supernovas in Omaha on January 24. Watson put down four kills with four blocks and three digs in the win. 
  • Tallied a season-best 10 kills on 19 swings in a road win over the Orlando Valkyries (1/26), adding on four blocks and three digs once again.
  • Tallied double-digit points for the second time this season, scoring 10 points in a match against Grand Rapids (2/18) putting down 6 kills with 4 blocks and 5 block touches. 
  • Tallied a season-high 6 block touches in a sweep over San Diego (3/2).
  • Helped the Vibe finish with a league-best 19-5 regular season record, giving Atlanta the first PVF Regular Season Champions title. 
  • Put down 2 kills on 4 attacks and picked up 2 block touches in the Vibe's semifinal match in the PVF Championship tournament. 

 

 

Watson's Bio

 

Professional Experience

  • Atlanta Vibe - 2024
  • Athletes Unlimited (USA) - 2023
  • Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (France) - 2022-23
  • VC Kanti Schaffhausen (Switzerland) - 2020-22
  • VfB Suhl LOTTO Thüringen (Germany) - 2019-20
  • Atlético Voleibol Clube (Portugal) - 2018-19
  • Hylte/Halmstad (Sweden) - 2017-18
  • Tendring Volleyball Club (UK) - 2016-17

 

Coaching Experience

  • Volunteer Assistant Coach - Winthrop University - 2022

 

College Experience

  • Watson was a four-year letter winner for Clemson from 2011 to 2014, where she appeared in 88 matches for the Tigers.
  • Over the course of her college career, she saw action in 301 sets, including a career-high 119 sets during her senior season.
  • Watson's contributions to the team extended to her impressive statistics, as she tallied 459 kills and recorded 320 total blocks with the Tigers.
  • In her senior season, she achieved a .323 hitting percentage, amassing 236 kills over 32 matches. She tallied 10 or more kills in a match on seven occasions during the 2014 campaign, including a season-high 13 kills against Winthrop on September 6, 2014.
  • Started in 22 matches as a junior and posted nine double-digit kill performances. Notably, she established a career high with 16 kills against Winthrop on September 7, 2013.
  • Her contributions as a sophomore included competing in 11 matches with one start, collecting 11 kills on 33 attempts and adding 17 total blocks.

 

High School/Club Experience

  • Attended Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, SC
  • Prepvolleyball.com Honorable Mention All-American (Top 250 players nationally)
  • Lettered three years in volleyball and four in track and field
  • 2010 Under Armour All-America watch list
  • 2010 Team MaxPreps Player of the Year
  • All-State track athlete in high jump, triple jump and shot put
  • Three-time Region champion
  • 2010 Upper State Champion

 

 

Personal

  • Holds a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University and a master's degree in marketing management from the University of Essex in Essex, England.
  • Watson's father, Ken, played football at Maryland; her brother, Benjamin, played college football at Georgia before embarking on a professional career in the National Football League (NFL); her sister, Jessica, competed on the track and field team at Coastal Carolina; her brother Asa was a football player at NC State.
  • Played the viola in middle and high school, and also participated in gymnastics, soccer, and track and field in addition to volleyball.