The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team was chosen second in Wednesday's 2018 WCC Preseason Coaches' Poll
AS A JUNIOR (2017-18)
Indoor: Named to the 2017 West Coast Conference All-Academic First Team … Played in all 28 matches for the Gaels … Was an all-around player for the Gaels, finishing among the team’s top-four in kills (t-2nd, 227), service aces (2nd, 25), digs (2nd, 249) and total blocks (4th, 44) ... Notched four double-doubles and had double-figure digs in 10 matches … Also had at least 10 kills in seven matches, with a season-best 17 versus No. 8 BYU on Oct. 5 … Had a season-high 20 digs at Santa Clara on Oct. 21.AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17)
Beach: Honored as the 2017 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-WCC First Team and All-WCC Preseason Team ... Along with Payton Rund, was named the DiG Magazine National Pair of the Week for the week of March 20 as the Gaels went undefeated and handed #11/14 California as a team its first loss of the season ... Played with Rund at the one pair for the entire season finishing 24-5 after starting the season with eight straight victories ... On April 8, broke Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes' (the No. 1 pair of USC) 103 match winning-streak .... Finished with key victories over major schools such as USC, Hawai'i, Loyola Marymount, California and Stanford ... Selected for the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships along with partner Payton Rund ... Named to the WCC All-Academic Team.
Indoor: Played in every match (99 sets played) for the Gaels ... Recorded a team-high 300 kills averaging 3.03 kills per set ... Racked 26 digs, good for second on the team ... Finished the year with 16 double-digit kill games (team-high), 14 double-digit dig games and 11 double-doubles (team-high) ... Recorded a season-high 20 kills in a 4-set win against North Dakota State on Aug. 28 and a career-high 18 digs against Gonzaga on Nov. 19 ... Finished with 17 serving aces and tied her season-high of 2 aces 4 times ... Tallied up 36 blocks and tied her season-high of 3, 5 times .... Named to the 2016 WCC Volleyball All-Academic Team with a GPA of 3.97.
AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)
Beach: Named the WCC Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-WCC First Team and All-Freshman team ... Partnered with the WCC Player of the Year, senior Dalas Dodd, and went 19-4 on the top court and helped lead the Gaels to the finals of the WCC Tournament in Santa Monica and a final national ranking of #17 in the DIG Magazine Poll ... Received Gold Honors on the 2015-16 WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll for maintaining a 3.96 GPA during her freshman year.
Indoor: Played in all 99 sets for the Gaels and was named to the WCC All-Freshmen team ... Finished as the team leader in kills with 275 (2.78/set) and service aces with 24 (.24/set) while ranking third in digs with 225 (2.27/set) ... Hit .159 for the year ... Recorded double digits in kills on 14 occasions including 21 on .405 hitting in a 4-set victory at Pepperdine on Oct. 1; 16 in a 5-set home loss to Loyola Marymount on Oct. 29; and 15 in a 5-set road loss to Pacific on Oct. 17 ... In the spring, along with teammate Lindsey Calvin, traveled to Colorado Springs to participate in the USA Volleyball National Team tryouts
PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S: Native of Valencia, Calif. starred at Valencia High School, earning Foothill League co-player of the year and Los Angeles Daily News volleyball player of the year for a standout senior season in which she helped her team reach the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A Playoffs ... Was team captain in both 2013 and 14 helped Valencia win three straight Foothill League titles and in 2013 was named league player of the year, Santa Clarita Valley player of the year and team MVP ... Compiled 1,309 kills, 793 assists and 1,365 digs in four years at Valencia, playing two years at setter and two at outside hitter ... Helped her team place second in the Gold division of the Nike Tournament of Champions ... Played for Legacy Volleyball Club and won a gold medal at the 2012 International Children's Games in Daegu, Korea ... Brings a standout resume on the sand as well, having placed second at the La Jolla Beach Cities Invitational and winning numerous tournaments at the U-18, U-16 and U-14 levels ... Parents are Mark and Diane Knudsen and has three siblings (Delaney, Kelsey and Jacob).
|Get To Know Lindsey Knudsen Favorite volleyball memory: All of them? Every time I get to play. Favorite holiday: Christmas. What do you love most about Saint Mary's: I love the beautiful campus, the small size and the sense of community. What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: I love that it's like a family and that they're all really good at volleyball! Favorite food or meal: Breakfast. Top 3 songs: Constellations by Jack Johnson, Come on Eileen and Don't Worry, Be Happy. Favorite books: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter (all of them). Favorite movies: Tarzan (Disney). Personal hobbies: Playing the piano and the ukulele. Personal motto or favorite quote: "If you try to learn everything about something, you'll inevitably learn something about everything." One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Just be really passionate about something. Describe yourself in one word: Sore.|
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