Waves play either Long Beach State or Florida State in semifinals at 11 a.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (CT)
Waves make history by winning the first-ever sand volleyball championship, plus become the first women in Pepperdine history to win a national championship.
Pepperdine advances to the championship match of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships.
Women's sand volleyball looks to win the first-ever national championship in the emerging sport in Gulf Shores, Ala. this weekend.
Waves Earn Bid to AVCA National Championship, Ross and Racich Win Pairs Title at USAV Collegiate Challenge
Waves learn they are AVCA National Championship bound after a successful outing at the USAV Collegiate Challenge
Pepperdine wins 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship
CAREER: Through two indoor seasons has played in 64 matches and 239 sets ... Averaging 2.78 digs ... Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2012 while playing in the No. 5 spot in the lineup alongside Emily Cook.
INDOOR 2012: Saw action in all 32 matches and 119 sets of the 2012 season ... Split time between the libero and defensive specialist positions ... Credited with six official starts ... Averaged 3.34 digs ... Surpassed double-digits in digs on 21 occasions and reached the 20+ dig plateau four times ... Tallied a season-high 24 digs at UC Santa Barbara (10/3) ... Posted first career kill during the season opener against Ohio (8/24) ... Season total of 397 digs ranks ninth in Pepperdine's single-season rally scoring era record book ... Registered a serve receive percentage of .941 (32 errors, 547 attempts) ... Other season totals include 66 assists and 12 service aces.
SAND 2012: Partnered with Emily Cook ... Went 17-4 overall, including 10-2 in dual play ... Posted a 9-2 record from the No. 5 spot in the lineup, and a 1-0 record when playing No. 4 ... Defeated USC's No. 1 pair of Sara Shaw and Geena Urango 21-16, 23-21 during the season opener on March 16 ... Posted a 2-0 record during the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship ... 15-2 in two-set matches and 2-2 in three-set matches ... Placed second in the silver division of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge ... Collected 33 kills against Catey Warren and Kallie McKown of the College of Charleston during the quarterfinals of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship ... Rattled off 21 kills versus Florida State's Visnja Djurdjecvic and Melanie Pavels on March 16.
INDOOR 2011: Played in all 32 matches and 120 sets as either the libero or defensive specialist ... Averaged 2.22 digs/set ... Established a career high vs. Miami (9/3) with 27 digs ... Reached double digits in digs during 13 matches including nine of the first 11 ... Delivered a season-best four aces vs. Ole Miss (8/27) ... With 562 total attempts and just 22 errors, had the highest receiving percentage of the three primary passers with a .961 ... Totaled 31 assists and 19 service aces ... Averaged 2.86 digs/set at the NCAA Tournament.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the Arizona Region High Performance Girls' Division Team in 2008 and 2009 ... In 2008, the team won the title in the International Division of the High Performance Championships ... Individually, won the "Best Passer Award" after team won the gold medal.
CLUB: Played for Dinamo VBC for several seasons ... Team placed second in the American Division at the 2009 Junior Olympics. Also played on the 12s team for Club Cactus.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Ironwood Ridge High School in 2011 ... Attended Pusch Ridge Christian Academy during her freshman year ... A two-time Arizona Class 5A All-State first team selection and twice named an honorable mention ... Two-time Arizona Southern Region Player of the Year ... Holds school records for the most kills, digs and points in a single match, season and career ... Led team to three first place finishes in the Southern Arizona region ... Earned a spot on Prepvolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... Part of a recruiting class ranked #9 by Prepvolleyball.com.
PERSONAL: Calls Tucson, Ariz. home ... Born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho ... Daughter of Jeff and Gaynor Christiaansen ... Mother played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose Pepperdine "because of the great volleyball program and coaching staff, the academic reputation and its great location."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Sean Rosenthal ... Favorite pro sports team is the Green Bay Packers ... Favorite book is the Kite Runner ... Favorite TV show is Man vs. Food ... Favorite musical artist is John Mayer ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is ping pong ... Enjoys water sports.