|| Kristen Kathan
Kathan enters her SENIOR season as the starting libero for the Golden Bears.
As a JUNIOR, Kathan recorded 491 digs to set the third highest Cal single season total... led the team with 4.23 dps and ranked fourth in the Pac-10... posted 32 service aces to average 0.28 saps; second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10... put up a career high 31 digs at Oregon Nov. 28... reached double digits in digs in 28 matches including 18 in a row from Sept. 28 through Dec. 5... selected to all-tournament teams as the defensive standout at the Cal Molten Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational... received Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
As a SOPHOMORE, Kathan led the team in total digs with 414, good for the ninth-best single-season total in Cal history... also led the team with 3.72 digs per set... posted a career-high 29 digs at USC on Oct. 26... reached double-digit digs in 21 of 33 matches played, including a streak of 17-straight from Oct. 5 through Dec. 7... registered a team-high 25 digs at UCLA Oct. 27 in Cal's historic win at Pauley Pavilion... notched a career-high five service aces against UNC-Wilmington on Sept. 1... finished the season with 29 service aces, third overall on the team... received Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
As a FRESHMAN, Kathan established herself as one of the Bears' top defensive specialists, competing in 29 matches, earning 118 digs and 17 service aces... recorded four digs and a service ace against Stanford in the NCAA regional in Austin, Texas... had six digs in the NCAA second round at Cal Poly Dec. 2, and seven digs and a service ace vs. LSU in the NCAA first round Dec. 1... set a then-career-high 15 digs versus UCLA Nov. 10 and versus Washington Nov. 25... recorded at least two service aces in four different matches during the season - Sept. 1 versus Xavier, Sept. 14 at Pacific, Nov. 10 versus UCLA and Nov. 17 at Oregon.
Named Contra Costa Times Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year, Sports Focus Player of the Year, Diablo Foothill Athletic League MVP and a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American as a senior at Campolindo High School... received DFAL MVP and the Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2004... member of the Golden Bear 18-Forefront club team that placed fifth in the nation in 2005 and helped her club team to a bronze medal at the 2003 Junior Olympics.
Kristen Josephine Kathan was born in Manchester, N.H.... parents are Tom and Josephine Kathan... has two brothers, Ryan (22) and Michael (17)... majoring in international field studies with an emphasis in European trade relations.