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Kellie Kawasaki
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Kellie Kawasaki 455916
Position: Libero
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
City/State: West Linn, Ore.
High School: West Linn
Experience: High School

* Updated season / career stats are available via the link above, and to see Kawasaki's freshman, sophomore and junior match-by-match stats, click here.


One of four seniors that keyed the Ducks' greatest postseason run and Pac-12 finish - both runner-up placings - in 2012. Proved how integral her role on the team was with 17 starts as a junior and 15 as a sophomore as a defensive specialist. As a sophomore emerged as one of team's most improved servers. In 2010, tripled her freshman average (.06 / .19 p/s), and ranked top 10 in the conference part of the season and helped the team lead the league and rank 24th nationally (1.61 p/s). As a freshman, saw the most action in its three-libero rotation in 2009. Career-wise, had 30 double-digit dig tallies (Sr. 1, Jr. 10, So. 6, Fr. 13). Off the court, was a Pac-12 All-Academic Second-Team pick as a senior after honorable mention nods the two prior seasons. As a prep, was a former state championship player of the match, and member of a state champion team.

Digs: 22 (5s) at #4 Washington (11/27/09)
Aces: 4 (5s) vs. #1 UCLA (11/11/11)


Played all 35 matches for the Ducks (and 117 of the team’s 123 sets), and started the team’s sweep of Oregon State. Against the Beavers, logged a season-high 18 digs to lead the team for the 12th time in her career. Other top dig totals came in wins at No. 24 Ohio State (8), vs. Western Carolina (7) and UCSB (7), and at Arizona (7). In the postseason, her top dig total came in sweep in NCAA opener vs. Northern Colorado - the same game she served a season-high three aces. Led team in aces eight times in 2012, with top honors vs. #10 Nebraska (2), Northern Colorado (3), UC Santa Barbara (2), at No. 7 Stanford (2), vs. No. 2 Washington (2) and at Arizona (1), Utah (1) and WSU (2). Was a Pac-12 All-Academic Second-Team choice, and one of seven Ducks that were chosen to first-, second- and honorable mention squads.

2012 Season Highs

Digs: 18 (3s), vs. #26 Oregon State (9/19/12)

Aces: 3 (3s), vs. Northern Colorado (11/30/12)



Played all 31 contests, and started 18 matches for the Ducks. Was again one of team's top servers with her 0.16 aces per set average, and led the team in aces in three matches. Her career and team season high in aces (4) came in the early November, five-set upset of then-No. 1 and eventual NCAA champion UCLA. She also landed two aces in three other matches in early September sweeps of Seattle and Portland State, and in an October three-setter vs. then-No. 3 California, and led the team each night. She posted 10, +10-dig figures on the year, and others came in a five-setter vs. Utah (16), in four sets at then-No. 1 Penn State (10) vs. then-No. 7 Stanford (10) and at No. 6 UCLA (12), in four sets at ASU (11) and in five sets vs. Colorado State (11), and sweeps vs. Portland State (11), then-No. 7 Washington (10) and Liberty (10) and in five sets vs. No.1 UCLA (10). Off the court, was one of five Ducks selected to various Pac-12 All-Academic teams.

2011 Season Highs
Digs - 16 (5s) vs. Utah (10/28/11)
Aces  - 4 (5s) vs. #1 UCLA (11/11/11)


Played 108 of the team’s 109 sets on the year, and started a career-high 15 matches. Ranked third on team in digs per set (2.09) and fifth in aces per set (0.19). Led the team in digs in one match when she tied libero Haley Jacobs in upset of then-No. 7 Washington (12) – UO’s first win vs. the Huskies in Eugene in 10 years. Owned five other double-digit dig tallies at Oregon State (13), vs. No. 10 UCLA (12), Washington State (12), Arizona (11) and at Fresno State (11). After serving five aces altogether as a freshman, quadrupled that total and and led the team in aces in four matches as a sophomore. Ended with six, multi-ace matches vs. Florida International (3), Arizona State (2), Siena (2), PSU (2), at Washington State (2) and Santa Clara (2). One of six Ducks honored to Pac-10 All-Academic Teams and was an honorable mention.

2010 Season Highs
Digs: 13 (4s) at Oregon State (11/12/10)
Aces: 3, 4s vs. FIU (9/18/10)


One of two freshmen who primarily manned the libero role and replaced career digs leader Katie Swoboda who graduated in 2008. Played 66 of the teams’ 70 sets in Pac-10 action – tops among UO’s defensive specialists (and her 89 sets, 28 matches, 267 digs and 3.00 average were also tops at her position for UO). Started both of Oregon’s postseason matches, and logged 11 digs vs. Clemson and 14 vs. No. 13 Kentucky in the NCAA First and Second Round three-setters, and led the team in the latter match. During the heart of the conference slate, had a run of +10 digs in 11 of 12 Pac-10 matches to give her a conference average (3.32 digs per set) more than twice as high as her non-conference regular season pace (1.35). Ended regular season with two of her more impressive efforts in 3-2 and 3-1 wins at then-No. 4 Washington (career high 22 digs) and at Washington State (17), respectively. Altogether in ‘09, she paced the team in digs in nine matches (including seven in Pac-10 play) – second-most on team and tops among defensive specialists. Her 20 digs in a three-set win vs. Arizona State was the team’s fourth-highest mark of the season and most in a non-five-set match. Her 19 digs in five sets vs. then-No. 5 Stanford and at Oregon State in late October wins were UO’s sixth-best marks of the year. She has also logged other double-digit tallies vs. league foes in second half of season vs. then-No. 14 Cal (10) and then-No. 18 USC (13) – both in three sets, against Oregon State (18) and then-No. 18 Arizona (17) in four sets, and at then-No. 13 UCLA (13) in five sets. Also paced the team in aces once vs. Missouri State (1), while her season-high three aces vs. Portland in three sets helped UO to a tally of 12 – second-most team-wise in the Pac-10.

2009 Season Highs
Digs: 22 (5s) at #4 Washington (11/27/09)
Aces: 3 at Portland (9/6/09)


Prep: Was team’s Qwest Player of the Match in the state championship match for the 2007 state champions and ‘08 a senior, was a state tournament first-team and all-league first-team pick and team a junior, was also a first-team all-state tourney honoree, first-team all-conference selection and team a sophomore was an honorable mention all-conference pick...during her senior season, she helped her team to its fourth league title and an undefeated mark...her top individual performance was arguably a 41-dig, five-set effort in the 2007 6A state semifinal vs. Central Catholic...also played for the Portland Volleyball Club and was the PVC Libero of the Year in 2007 and ’08...away from volleyball, lettered four seasons in tennis at doubles...High School (Coach): West Linn ’09 (Carl Neuburger)...owned a 4.20 GPA and was a National Honor Society member and link crew leader.

Personal: General Science major (with desire to become a dentist). Parents are Ed and Pam Kawasaki, and has one younger brother, Kevin.

Season  SP  MP-MS K  K/S TA  Pct  A  A/S SA SA/S DIG D/S BS BA TB B/S Pts  Pts/S
2009    89  28-0  4 0.04  6 .500 13 0.15  5 0.06 267 3.00 0 0 0 0.00   9.0  0.10
2010   108  30-15 0 0.00  5 .000 16 0.15 20 0.19 226 2.09 0 0 0 0.00  20.0  0.19
2011   114  31-17 2 0.02  4 .250 16 0.14 18 0.16 238 2.09 0 0 0 0.00  20.0  0.18 
2012   117  35-1  0 0.00  .000 12 0.10 25 0.21 120 1.03 0 0 0.00  25.0  0.21
TOTAL  428   124-33 6 0.01 15 .267 57  0.13 68 0.16 851 1.99  0 0 0  0.00   74.0   0.17


22, 5s, at Washington (11/27/09)
20, 3s, vs. Arizona State (11/7/09)


Favorite Color: Purple
Pets: Mittens (cat)
Favorite Saying: You're either in or out
Favorite Hobbies: Sewing, shopping, watching movies
Greatest Accomplishment: Winning the state championship in '07
First Car: 1995 Ford Explorer
Favorite Place I've Visited: Hawaii
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Italy
Favorite Entrée: Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry with rainbow sprinkles
Favorite Snack: Pretzels and Cheese
Favorite Pizza Topping: Cheese
Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper
Best Dish I Can Make: Spaghetti
Favorite Movie: Summer Catch
Favorite Actor: Freddie Prinze Jr.
Favorite TV Comedy: The Office
Favorite TV Drama: Gossip Girl
Favorite TV Reality Show: John and Kate Plus 8
Favorite Singer or Band: The Fray
I Chose Oregon Because: I can play volleyball and get a good education.
Pre-game Rituals or Superstitions: I never eat peanut butter before I play.
Most Embarrassing Athletic Moment: Tripping over a volleyball and falling under the net during a game.
Favorite Elite Volleyball Player: Misty May
If I didn't play volleyball, I would play: Tennis


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