SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Throughout her three-plus years as a Santa Clara Bronco, Kirsten Mead has reflected the gold standard of athletic and academic achievement. Mead added to her long list of accolades on Thursday as she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® 8 Volleyball First Team.
Mead, a senior business economics major with a 3.91 GPA, has started all 27 matches and played in all 115 sets this season. The setter leads the West Coast Conference with 1,115 assists and ranks second in the conference with 10.62 assists/set. Mead has hit a pair of milestones this year by reaching 1,000 assists for the season (Nov. 3 at San Francisco) and 4,000 assists for her career (Oct. 28 at Gonzaga).
The Palo Alto, California native is a two-time WCC All-Academic selection for both indoor and beach volleyball, and likely on her way to a third-straight indoor nod later this month. Last spring, Mead became the first player in Bronco beach volleyball history to be selected for a CoSIDA academic award when she was named to the Academic All-District® 8 Women's At-Large Second Team.
Mead is one of seven players named to the all-district team, which covers eight states as well as Canada.
Santa Clara, winners of six straight matches, plays a West Coast Conference road contest on Thursday night at No. 11 San Diego.
CONNECT WITH THE BRONCOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA