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2015 MSU Extra Mile Award
JUNIOR (2015): Recipient of the team's Extra Mile Award ... Rehabbing from off-season surgery, missed all of the non-conference season as well as the first three weeks of Conference play ... Made her debut against Rutgers (10/17), posting four kills on 11 swings, a solo block, and a pair of digs ... Had a pair of kills and a block at Illinois (10/30) ... Came off the bench to provide a spark at Wisconsin (11/8) tying her season high with four kills on 12 swings and adding a season-best three blocks ... Had a season-best six kills and added a block vs. Nebraska before leaving the match with injury (11/11) ... Tied her season-best six kills in just two sets in a home win over Northwestern (11/18) ... Four kills on 10 swings at Rutgers (11/21) ... In two sets vs. No. 1 Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, had a season-best seven kills and two digs, hitting a career-best .357 (7-2-14) (12/5).
SOPHOMORE (2014): Appeared in 18 matches, hitting .189 with 1.60 kills per set ... Also contributed 0.55 blocks per set ... Had seven kills, a career-best five blocks against Jacksonville State during the UAB/Samford Invitational (8/29-30), hitting a career-best .600 (7-1-10) ... Finished off the UAB/Samford Invite with two kills on three swings in a four-set win over Samford ... Had a season-best 16 attempts against LIU-Brooklyn (9/19), recording five kills ... Also had four blocks against the Blackbirds ... Came in off the bench at Indiana to have a kill and a pair of blocks (9/26) ... Hit .750 with three kills and a solo block in a win at Rutgers (10/18) ... Had six kills and hit .200, adding six digs and a pair of blocks, in a five-setter at Ohio State (10/24) ... Had four kills and a dig in a loss at Penn State (10/25) ... Tied her career best with seven kills against Illinois (10/31) ... Had six kills and a pair of blocks in a three-set sweep of Northwestern (11/1) ... Had a career-best 11 kills against Minnesota (11/7), taking a career-high 32 swings and also putting up a pair of digs and two blocks ... Contributed seven kills and a block against Wisconsin (11/9) ... Notched four kills and a block at Nebraska (11/12) ... Contributed a pair of kills against Rutgers (11/22).
FRESHMAN (2013): Appeared in 21 matches, averaging 1.30 kills and 0.65 blocks per set ... Saw her first collegiate action at the Hokie Invitational ... Stepped into a lineup marred by injury against Pacific (8/31) and had eight kills and four digs ... Had seven kills and four digs against Virginia Tech (8/31) ... Contributed six kills and three blocks in a 3-1 win over No. 12 Oregon (9/6) ... Four blocks and two kills in a sweep of Oregon State (9/7) ... Tied her career best with eight kills against Illinois State (9/13) ... Had six kills and a season-high four blocks against Duquesne (9/21) ... Missed much of the Big Ten season with an injury ... Had four kills and three blocks in a win at Northwestern (11/8) ... Had five kills and added a team-high three blocks in a loss at Nebraska (11/15) ... Led the team in blocks for the second-straight match (3) in a three-set sweep of Iowa (11/16) ... Contributed three blocks and a kill in a tough loss to Wisconsin (11/22) ... Had a pair of kills, two digs, and a block at Purdue (11/30).
CLUB: 2012 Prep Volleyball Honorable Mention All-America ... Played club volleyball for Dead Frog/Far Out Volleyball Club ... Finished fifth at nationals in 2012, and was ranked the No. 10 club team in the country ...
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time Class B All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference selection at Whitehall for head coach Ted Edsall ... Missed part of 2010 and 2011 seasons due to an ACL injury ... Helped her team to four undefeated conference championships, a pair of district championships (2009, 2012), a regional championship in 2012, and a 2012 Class B state quarterfinal appearance ... Three-sport athlete who also competed in basketball and track ... Was the first freshman in school history to awarded all-state and first team all-area ... Recorded 156 blocks her freshman season, second-best in school history ... Lead her team in kills, blocks, hitting percentage and helped her team to an undefeated conference season, winning conference, district and regional titles in 2012, her first complete season since 2009 ... Finished her high school career as a record holder in kills, blocks and hitting percentage at Whitehall ... Academic all-state and all-conference pick ... Was also an accomplished hurdler for the track team, graduating with the school record and earning All-Conference and All-Region honors ... Competed in the Midwest Meet of Champions, one of just three hurdlers in selected to represent the state of Michigan ... Helped lead the Whitehall girls to a West Michigan Conference championship ... Also averaged 11 points and nine rebounds as a freshman on the basketball team before her ACL injury ended her basketball career ...
PERSONAL: Daughter of Rob and Annette Thompson and Wayne Christenson ... Mother was a three-sport athlete, earning All-State honors in basketball, volleyball, and track and also earning a medal at the Junior Olympics in the high jump ... Stepfather, Rob, played MVP pro beach volleyball for 14 years ... Brother, Hunter, earned All-State honors in discus, while brother, Sky, is an All-Conference and All-Area hurdler ... Sister, Rayne, plays volleyball and basketball and hopes to follow in her sister's footsteps, while youngest brother, Camden, is also a three-sport athlete (basketball, football, and soccer) ... Majoring in zoology.