2011: Saw time in 15 matches and 37 sets, also making five starts … Finished her final season with 55 digs and two aces … Scooped up three digs and added an assists at Virginia … Tallied six digs against then-No. 23 Florida State … Got down for a season-best 14 digs against Ohio … Tallied 20 digs through three matches in the season-opening Hokie Tournament.
2010:Appeared in 31 matches as a junior, making six starts and playing in 112 sets … Recorded 171 digs, 27 assists, eight service aces and two kills on the season … Notched a career-high 18 digs against No. 25 Florida State on Oct. 29 to help lead the Hokies to their first ever defeat of an AVCA top-25 team … Registered double-digit digs in five matches.
2009: Tallied a career-high 16 digs in a five-set victory at Miami … Registered first career kill against Norfolk State … Played in 26 matches and 71 sets … Dug 76 attacks on the season … Totaled 11 service aces on the season, including a key ace to seal the second set of a 3-0 victory against Liberty.
2008: Played in 10 matches and 19 sets on the season … Recorded a career-high eight digs against Duke … Tallied three or more digs in six matches in 2008.
High School:Second-team all-state as a junior and senior … Earned all-region honors as junior and senior … Named all-district three times … Helped lead team to Cardinal District and Northwest Region championships in 2006 and 2007 … Ranks third all-time in the state of Virginia with 905 career digs … Made prepvolleyball.com’s “Defensive Dandies, Part I: Gym Dandies” list three times … Earned Gatorade Future Star Award as a freshman … Received Virginia High School League’s “Award of Excellence” in 2006 … Lettered six times in high school, three in volleyball and three in lacrosse … Played for the CLASH and Ichiban VA volleyball clubs … Was a Potomac News Scholar-Athlete in 2008.
Personal: Kirsten Ann Higareda was born on Oct. 15, 1990, in Newport Beach, Calif. … Daughter of Ken and Vanessa Higareda … Has one sister, Kenzie … Majoring in history.