15 Kristen Ponce
15 Kristen Ponce
Height: 5-6
Year: Senior
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Kamehameha HS '04
Previous College: Saint Martin's
Position: DS
Experience: 2L
2006: Ponce's 2.78 digs per game average placed her third among Eagle players in 2006. She had match-high 13 digs in Eastern's 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech. After going 3-1 in Wichita, Kan., Ponce was named to the All-Best Western Volleyball Classic Team. Wins were achieved against Wichita State, Syracuse and Texas-San Antonio. Against the Shockers, she also led the team in digs with 19. In the tournament finale against UTSA, she contributed 25 digs, a total that would be the third-highest accumulated by an Eagle in 2006. In a 3-0 sweep of Manhattan, Ponce had nine digs, while she tallied 10 against St. Francis (N.Y.) two days later. She recorded 17 digs in a sweep of Rider to conclude the team's trip to the New York City area. In the team's first match back in the Northwest, she had 13 digs in a tight 3-2 loss at Gonzaga. A 3-1 defeat to Idaho State saw Ponce record 18 digs, leading the team in that match. She would record double-figure totals in digs on nine occasions (and in nine of her first 13 appearances of the season) before she unfortunately suffered a knee injury in early October. 2005: Ponce had 13 digs against Idaho on Oct. 11, her season-high total. She had three digs or more in 13 different matches. She served up three aces against Weber State in a tight five-game loss to the Wildcats. Ponce had a kill on Nov. 5 against Montana State. Four days later, she recorded her second-highest dig total of the season with eight in a 3-1 win over Boise State. In the 2005 Big Sky Conference Tournament, Ponce had 13 digs and seven assists. She recorded her season-high total in assists with four and third-highest dig total of the year with six in the championship match versus Sacramento State. 2004 (Saint Martin's): While playing for the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference school, Ponce had an outstanding season in the back row, as evidenced by her 3.69 digs per contest, an average that was the 16th-highest among GNAC players and the second-best on the squad. She also placed fifth among all Saints in kills per game with a 2.10 average. That mark was just 0.42 off of the team-leading average of 2.52 recorded by Stephanie Beck. She also had the third-highest assists per game average on the squad with 0.29 and the fourth-highest service aces per game average of 0.20. In her first collegiate match versus Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 1, a three-game win, she hit .345 and had 12 kills and nine digs. Her best performance came two days later against South Dakota State, when she tallied 20 kills and 19 digs. Five times, she had double-digit totals in kills, while she reached at least 10 digs on 10 occasions and recorded double-doubles three times. Personal: Ponce was a four-year letter winner in volleyball. She was named First Team All-State her senior season and was named First Team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu for two consecutive years. Her junior and sophomore years, Ponce was named Second Team All-State. In a bid to win the school's first state title since a three-peat from 1997-99, KHS fell just short of Punahou School in Ponce's senior season. Her parents are Warren and Lisa Ponce, and she is majoring in biology with plans to be a physician's assistant.
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