|Hometown:||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|High School:||Valley Christian|
|Major:||Studying in the Leavey School of Business|
HIGH SCHOOL: 2013 WCAL Player of the Year and First Team ... 2013 San Jose Mercury News First Team and Co-Player of the Year ... 2013 Finalist for PrepVolleyball National Player of the Year ... 2013 MaxPreps First Team All-American, Medium Schools and First-Team All State ... 2013 PrepVolleyball High School All-American ... 2013 PrepVolleyball Academic All-American, Second Team ... 2013 PrepVolleyball Senior Ace (top 125) ... 2013 NCSAA Large School Co-National Player of the Year and All-American First Team ... 2013 Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions All Tournament Team ... 2012 Max Preps California All State, Division III ... 2012 MaxPreps Second Team All-American, medium schools ... 2012 All WCAL Second Team ... 2013 Team was nationally ranked No. 6 by MaxPreps ... 2013 WCAL Champions ... 2013 Division III Champions ... 2013 NorCal Champions ... 2013 California State Champions ... 2012 Team Division III CCS Champions ... 2012 California State Division III Semifinalist ... Senior Year Stats: 639 assists, 302 kills, 83 aces, 69 blocks and 310 digs ... Junior Year Stats: 606 assists, 249 kills, 83 aces, 49 blocks and 330 digs.
CLUB: Played for Stingray, Payes and City Beach indoor club teams and Main Beach Elite Sand team ... member of 2013 USA Beach National U19 A1 Team ... AAA rated beach volleyball player ... 2012 USA Junior Beach Tour 16U National Champions ... won 18 beach tournaments since starting sand game in 2011.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Hardwin and Tamara Mead ... has four siblings, Lowell (37), Paul (35), Brian (31) and Austin (19) ... Brian was a four-time All-American water polo player at Johns Hopkins and the DIII National Player of the Year ... she won the academic excellence award for top AP Economics student ... three-time winner of math awards ... won Biology, Photography and Spanish awards ... named Outstanding Scholar Athlete in 2014 Class ... Spanish Honor Society ... Graduated with High Honors (top 5%) ... studying in the Leavey School of Business.
WHY KIRSTEN CHOSE SANTA CLARA: I chose Santa Clara because it has the right combination of academics and athletics. I really like the coaches and the girls on the team. I also wanted to go to college in California, and I love the campus.