One of the most experienced players on the 2003 team after starting at setter for the last two seasons ... will rotate at times with sophomore setter Kelly Burrell to take advantage of Notre Dame?s blocking strength at the net ... helped develop the Irish into one of the top hitting teams in the nation during the 2002 season (team was ranked in the top 30 for hitting percentage most of the season) ... a vocal leader both on and off the court ... serves as team captain, along with twin sister Jessica ... 2003 marks the second-straight season Kristen will be a team captain.
AS A JUNIOR: 2002 All-BIG EAST second-team selection ... AVCA All-Northeast Region honorable mention ... named the 2002 team Monogram Club MVP ... also took home the team?s Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete award ... helped the Irish hit .265 as a team in 2002 ... that .265 mark ranks fifth all-time in Notre Dame volleyball history ... set career marks for kills (120), hitting percentage (.271) and blocks (61) in ?02 ... set a career mark for assists in a match with 67 during Notre Dame?s upset of #10 Pepperdine during the Golden Dome Invitational ... posted back-to-back 60-assist matches with 60 at Purdue (a 3-2 loss to the Boilermakers) ... improved on offense, posting 11 matches with more than five kills ... appeared on three all-tournament teams during the season ... named Shamrock Invitational Most Outstanding Player after helping the Irish defeat UW-Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Cal Poly to claim the tournament title ... was also named to the Loyola Marymount Classic and Golden Dome Invitational all-tournament teams ... led the team in double-double performances with eight (34 assists, 11 digs vs. Cincinnati o 32 assists, 11 digs at Valparaiso o 67 assists, 10 digs vs. #10 Pepperdine o 39 assists, 11 digs vs. Michigan o 45 assists, 12 digs vs. Pittsburgh ... 52 assists, 10 digs at Illinois State o 55 assists, 14 digs at Miami (Fla.) o 50 assists, 11 digs vs. Connecticut) ... named to the 2002-03 BIG EAST Academic All-Star team.
AS A SOPHOMORE: 2001 BIG EAST Setter of the Year ... combined with ?00 graduate Denise Boylan to win the first two setter-of-the-year awards offered by the conference ... 2001 All-BIG EAST second-team selection ... started all 29 matches and played in all 103 games in 2001 ... helped the Irish hit .256 as a team for the season ... also helped the team hit .261 in BIG EAST Conference matches during the year ... posted 10 double-doubles during the season and surpassed the 1,000-assist barrier ... one of the best all-around players on the team with 100 kills (sixth on the team), a .240 hitting percentage (fifth), 38 aces (first), 242 digs (first) and 56 blocks (tied for fifth) ... flirted with a triple-double three times during the season against Georgetown (42 assists, 11 digs, six blocks), Providence (36 assists, 10 digs, six blocks) and Saint Louis (37 assists, 12 digs, seven kills) ... helped the team to some outstanding match hitting performances, including a .495 team hitting percentage at Pittsburgh (third-best all-time in a three-game match) ... also led the team to a .400 hitting mark against St. John?s ... contributed at least 30 assists in each match during the year ... established a career-high with 65 assists (five games) vs. Illinois State ... three-game-match high assists was 46 (vs. Seton Hall and Rutgers) ... four-game-match high assists was 56 at Connecticut ... double-doubles included 35 assists, 10 digs vs. Florida Atlantic; 36 assists, 11 digs vs. Syracuse; 42 assists, 11 digs vs. Georgetown; 56 assists, 16 digs at Toledo; 30 assists, 11 digs vs. #16 Northern Iowa; 54 assists, 14 digs at Kentucky; 37 assists, 12 digs at Saint Louis; 36 assists, 10 digs at Providence; 65 assists, 17 digs vs. Illinois State; 44 assists, 14 digs vs. Georgetown in the BIG EAST Championship match ... led the team in aces with 38, including a career-high five at Kentucky ... also had four aces against Syracuse.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 20 games during the 2000 season ... saw her first collegiate action against Clemson and tallied six assists and a dig ... had three kills and five assists in one game at Valparaiso ... best match of the season came vs. Samford ... posted four kills, 15 assists, three aces and nine digs against the Bulldogs ... totaled 16 assists vs. Wyoming, including setting the Irish to a .286 hitting percentage in the match ... played in one and a half games vs. Villanova, with 16 assists while adding five digs and two kills ... had 13 assists, five digs and one block in one game at West Virginia ... started games two and three vs. Seton Hall ... had 17 assists, two kills, two digs and a block against the Pirates ... played two games against Boston College, notching 16 assists and four digs ... set a career-mark for assists with 21 vs. Providence ... also had three digs, two kills and a block vs. the Friars.
PREP AND PERSONAL: A three-sport athlete at Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif. ... earned four letters as a setter on the Bullard volleyball team, two letters in track and field and one letter in cross country ... named co-player of the year in 1999 by the Fresno Bee, sharing the honor with her sister Jessica ... also earned an Academic Athlete Award all four years at Bullard ... named to the Blocks and Kills Super Squad in 1999 ... led Bullard team to four years of undefeated play in North Yosemite League, compiling a 40-0 record ... Bullard team was ranked third in California, 11th nationally in 1999 ... played for the Fresno Volleyball Club from 1998-2000 ... was also a member of the USA Volleyball Youth National Beach team in 1997 ... earned All-America honors at the 1999 and 2000 junior beach volleyball nationals ... named MVP of running events for the track team in 1997 ... helped Bullard track and field take the league championship in 1997 and 1998 ... boasted a 4.32 GPA and graduated summa cum laude, sharing valedictorian honors with her sister Jessica ... awarded a lifetime membership to the California Scholastic Federation ... member of the Bullard High School Leadership Group ... born April 6, 1982 in Fresno, Calif. ... father, Bruce and mother, Denise are both registered nurses ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology and computer applications double major.