UNLV: Christina returns to the UNLV volleyball team for her fourth year. 2002: Christina played in 75 games in 2002 and put up a team-high 87 blocks (1.16 per game). She had 10 solo blocks and 77 assisted. She also tallied 133 kills and 48 digs. One of her best games came against Texas Tech, where she finished with 11 blocks, five digs and three kills. Her best offensive contest came against Northern Arizona, when she contributed 14 kills and seven digs. She also earned a spot on the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team. 2001: Her best match in 2001 came against No. 15 Utah (Nov. 10), where she finished with two kills and six block assists. 2000: Christina played in 18 matches and 42 games in 2000. She hit .600 (7-1-10) against Ball State (Sept. 2) and .500 (8-1-14) against San Diego State (Oct. 7).
COLLINS ON KIRSCHNER: "Christina is a much improved middle blocker. She made great strides last season and we look for her to be a leader on the floor this season."
HIGH SCHOOL: Christina is a 2000 graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif. ... was a three-year letter winner in volleyball ... her sophomore and junior seasons the team was Moore League champion ... her senior year the team placed second in the league ... in 1998 made the all-tournament team at prep nationals ... in 1999 she won the Long Beach Poly Coaches' Award ... was a two-time second-team all-league selection ... in 1997 was named Offensive Player of the Year ... won the Pursuit of Excellence medal in consumer and family studies ... won the medallion award ... was on the honor roll all four years.
PERSONAL: Christina Sharlene Kirschner was born on March 19, 1982 in Burbank, Calif. ... the daughter of Stan Kirschner and Lynnda Prater ... has three brothers, Jason Groves, Keith Prater and Donald Kirschner ... has one sister, Marjorie Kirschner ... majoring in primary education ... was a Nature Center teen volunteer and an L.A. Roadrunners Running Club volunteer.