Kristin Richards. Photo courtesy of Stanford University.


 Kristin Richards

Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-1
Weight: 68kg/150 pounds
Hometown: Orem, Utah
College: Stanford
Birth Date: June 30, 1985
Joined Team: June 2005

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2005 – Montreux Volley Masters (7th Place)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2005 – Participated at the Montreaux Volley Masters and FIVB World Grand Prix events. 2003 – Member of USA National A2 program. 2002 – Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2001 – Traveled with U.S. Women's National Team player and served as a practice player at the Montreux Volley Masters tournament...Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2000 – Captain of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team…Traveled to Switzerland with U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team.

COLLEGE: Two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American while competing as an outside hitter at Stanford University (2003-2006)... Concluded collegiate career in 2006 ranked among the top 10 in several career categories with the Cardinal. Holds the Stanford record for career digs (1,597) and career dig average (3.44 per set), while ranking third in career attacks (4,350). Ranks fifth with 1,819-career kills and 3.92 kills per set…Served 126 aces for fifth place, while her 0.27 aces per set ranks tied for seventh…Played in a 464 total games for ninth place at Stanford. 2006: Earned All-American Honorable Mention by Volleyball Magazine and was a Third Team honoree by the AVCA...Named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the fourth-straight season. 2005: First-Team AVCA All-American and ASICS/Volleyball All-American...Also named First-Team AVCA Pacific Region…Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for a third-straight season...Finished first on the team in kills (544, 4.90 kpg, third in the Pac-10, 19th in the country) as a starter in 32 matches...Her 544 kills is sixth-best for a single season in school history. 2004: Played in 132 games…Volleyball Magazine All-American…NCAA All-Tournament selection…NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice...Pac-10 First Team selection…Averaged 3.68 kills and 3.80 digs per game. 2003: Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year...AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year…Pac-10 Freshman of the Year…All-Pac-10 selection…Averaged 3.38 kills and 3.03 digs per game.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah…Captained her team during her junior and senior seasons…Four-time all-region selection and all-state honoree…2000 & 2002 Region MVP…2000 Student Sports National Sophomore of the Year…2001 & 2002 All-American…2001 & 2002 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year…The 2002 State MVP…2003 National Gatorade Player of the Year…2001 & 2002 Academic all-region selection…Led her team to a state championship in 2002-03…Played club for the Players Volleyball Club, and helped her team win the 2002 Nationals…Voted MVP.

Personal: Born Kristin Richards on June 30, 1985…Daughter of Dave and Lori Richards…has one sister (Lauren) and two brothers (Andrew and Taylor)…Sister, Lauren, played volleyball at BYU and is now coaching at American University…Both her father and mother played volleyball at BYU…Father, Dave, also played on the U.S. National Team from 1978 to 1980...Graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in urban studies...Played volleyball since age eight...Rehabilited two consecutive knee surgeries in nine months...Happiest moment in sports was winning the NCAA Division I national championship in 2004...Happiest moments in life were graduating from Stanford and her sister's marriage...Hobbies include skiing, photography, sleeping, outdoors and beach volleyball...Admires her mother most because she has endured a lot growing up and is an amazing individual...Favorite athlete is Karch Kiraly...Favorite movie is Wedding Crashers and favorite television shows are Family Guy and Friends...Favorite book is Tuesday's with Morrie...Favorite music is country and favorite musical group is Bloc Party...Favorite food is pizza.

20 Questions with Kristin Richards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 25, 2007) - Kristin Richards, an outside hitter on the USA Women's National Team, recently completed the latest installment of "20 Questions with the Women's National Team."

Kristin Richards. Photo copyrighted by USA Volleyball

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Social work

Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
My dad

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
New Zealand

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
An obscure Italian beach

What is your favorite television program?

What is your favorite movie?
Wedding Crashers

What is your favorite book?
Tuesdays with MOrrie/The Kite Runner

Who is the funniest player on the women’s national team?
Tie between Stacy Sykora and Ogonna Nnamani

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
Night (I Loooooove sleeping in)

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Sleep or read

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Competing at the highest level possible and my teammates

Who is your favorite athlete?
Michael Jordan

What is your favorite food?
Cliche, but pizza

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
CAFÉ RIO (best Mexican restaurant ever, only in Utah and Arizona)

What is your hometown best known for?

How many different languages can you converse in?
Two and a half (Italian and English, and broken Spanish ...)

What was your favorite subject in school?

What is your fondest child-hood memory?
Playing night-games with neighborhood friends (we also had a spy club).

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Whitney Houston

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
A private jet so I could travel the world.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To Fly

If a movie was made about your life, which actor or actress would you want to play you?
Cameron Diaz

If you could live in another time period for a week, which one would you choose?

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Rolling Stones

What is the most “embarrassing” song on your iPod?
NSYNC (Bye Bye Bye)

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Energetic, Sarcastic, Grateful

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas (I cherish family and Christmas is a perfect excuse for everyone to get together)

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?

What are your most prized possessions?
Family and Friendship

What is your motto?
Remember the little things.

What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Talking on the phone

Posted and updated: Oct. 25, 2007

Kristin Richards
Kristin Richards


Player Profile
Orem, UT
High School:
Outside Hitter
Urban Studies




Record Book (2003-06)
1. Career Digs - 1,597
1. Career Digs Per Game - 3.44
1. Single Season Digs (2004) - 502
3. Career Attacks - 4,350
3. Single Season Digs Per Game (2004) - 3.80
5. Career Attacks Per Game - 9.38
5. Career Kills Per Game - 3.92
5. Career Kills - 1,819
5. Single Match Kills (2005) - 35
T-5. Career Aces - 126
T-5. Single Season Games (2004) - 132
T-5. Single Match Digs (2004) - 28
6. Single Season Kills (2005) - 544
6. Single Season Kills Per Game (2005) - 4.90
6. Single Season Attacks (2004) - 1,229
6. Single Season Digs Per Game (2005) - 3.55
T-7. Career Aces Per Game - 0.27
T-7. Single Season Digs (2005) - 394
8. Single Season Attacks (2005) - 1,193
8. Single Season Attacks Per Game (2005) - 10.75
9. Career Games Played - 464
T-9. Single Match Kills (2005) - 31 (twice)
T-9. Single Match Digs (2006) - 26

Dunning On Richards: "Kristin has always been a very good player, but when we needed more from her at the end of last season she jumped up to a whole new level. She showed that she is one of the best players in the country. I am sure we will see her play at that level or higher this year."

2006 Season (Senior): Earned All-American Honorable Mention by Volleyball Magazine and was a Third Team honoree by the AVCA ... Named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the fourth-straight season ... Honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week on October 9 for her efforts in Stanford's three-game sweep of California ... Owns the school record for digs with 1597 and stood second on the team with 350 on the year ... Ranks fifth all-time with 1819 career kills and stood second on the team with 397 kills (3.78 kills per game) ... Also ties for fifth all-time with 126 career aces, including 34 on the year to rank second on the squad ... Recorded double-digit kills in 25 of Stanford's 34 matches ... Tallied 11 kills, a career-high four aces and two blocks in Stanford's sweep of California (12/8) in the regional semifinal ... The next night, recorded 17 kills, one ace and a team-high 23 digs as the Cardinal topped Texas (12/9) in the regional final to advance to the Final Four ... Named to the All-Region Tournament Team ... Had 14 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Final versus Nebraska ... In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, tallied 12 kills, two aces, 14 digs and two blocks as Stanford swept Sacramento State (12/2) ... Collected a season-high 22 kills and 17 digs in Stanford's five-game victory over Missouri (12/3) in the second round ... Collected a then season-high 21 kills at UCLA (10/13) as she earned a season-high 24 points, as well as 21 kills versus Washington State (11/25) on Senior Night ... Tallied a season-high 26 digs in a five-game victory at UCLA (10/13) ... Earned double-digit digs on 15 other occasions, including 20 digs at Arizona (10/28) ... Notched three aces against Arizona (9/29), Arizona State (9/30) and at UCLA (10/13) ... Recorded 56 blocks on the season, including 17 block solos ... Collected a season-high four blocks versus Santa Clara (9/14) and at California (11/3) ... Named to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge All-Tournament Team.

2006 Game-By-Game Statistics

2005 Season (Junior): First-Team AVCA All-American and ASICS/Volleyball All-American • Also named First-Team AVCA Pacific Region • Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for a third-straight season • Finished first on the team in kills (544, 4.90 kpg, #3 in the Pac-10, #19 in the country) as a starter in 32 matches • Her 544 kills is sixth-best for a single season in school history • Posted 20 or more kills in each of her last eight matches • Named the AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week in leading Stanford to victories at UCLA (11/25/05) and USC (11/26/05) • Against the Bruins, tallied a then career-high 31 kills in 60 attempts (.367) along with 16 digs • Then at USC, collected career-highs in kills (35, #5 for single match in school history) and attempts (73) along with 22 digs • Produced 31 kills along with 16 digs at Washington State (11/4/05) • Tallied 29 kills against nationally-ranked Arizona (11/11/05) • Collected 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) and against California (11/18/05) • Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) and at Arizona (10/14/05) • Hit .272 for the season • Hit .611 (12-1-18) at New Hampshire (9/6/05), .607 (20-3-28) vs Washington State (10/7/05), and .600 (14-2-20) vs Marquette (9/9/05) • Second on the team in digs (394, 3.55 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10) • Her 394 digs is fifth-best for a single season in school history • Had a season-high 23 digs along against Arizona State (11/10/05) • Collected 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) • In 23 of the 32 matches had ten or more digs • Named to the all-tournament team at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase (Aug. 26-27), Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) • Has 1,422 career kills at Stanford, ninth-best in school history • Her 1,247 career digs is fifth-best in school history.

2004 Season (Sophomore): Played in 132 games • Volleyball Magazine All-American • NCAA Final Four All-Tournament selection • NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice • Pac-10 First Team selection • Named to the (NCAA) Green Bay Regional All-Tournament team • Named Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention • Averaged 3.68 kills and 3.80 digs per game • Collected 22 double-doubles, including seven in the last eleven matches • Notched a career-high 28 digs against Penn State (9/10/04) • Recorded a career-high 24 kills at Nevada (9/4/04) • Her 502 digs is a single season school record • Led the team in digs and was second in kills • Had a career-high five blocks against Nevada (9/4/04) and Arizona State (9/24/04) • Her 28 digs against Penn State (9/10/04) ties for fifth all-time at Stanford for a single match • Recorded 16 kills and 21 digs against Florida (12/4/04) • Tallied 14 kills and 17 digs against Texas (12/10/04) • Notched 14 kills and 22 digs against Washington (12/16/04) in the NCAA Final Four semifinals.

2003 Season (Freshman): Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year • NCAA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year • Pac-10 Freshman of the Year • All-Pac-10 selection • Pac-10 All-Freshman Team • Averaged 3.38 kills and 3.03 digs per game • Notched 19 double-doubles (kills-digs) on the year • Averaged 3.96 points per game • Averaged 4.30 kills and 4.60 digs in postseason play • Had a service ace in four of her last five matches • Posted a career-high five blocks on two occasions.

National Competition: A member of the United States team that competed at the 2005 World Grand Prix • A member of USA Volleyball's A2 program in 2003 • 2000 captain of the Youth National Team • Traveled to Switzerland with the National Team in `00 • Member of Junior National Team in 2001-02.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah • Captained her team during her junior and senior seasons • Four-time all-region selection and all-state honoree • 2000 & 2002 Region MVP • 2000 Student Sports National Sophomore of the Year • 2001 & 2002 All-American • 2001 & 2002 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year • The 2002 State MVP • 2003 National Gatorade Player of the Year • 2001 & 2002 Academic all-region selection • Led her team to a state championship in 2002-03 • Played club for the Players Volleyball Club, and helped her team win the 2002 Nationals • Voted MVP.

Cardinal Catalogue: Daughter of Dave and Lori Richards • Has one sister Lauren (23), and two brothers, Andrew (18) and Taylor (13) • Sister, Lauren, played volleyball at BYU and is now coaching at American University • Both her father and mother played volleyball at BYU • Father, Dave, also played on the U.S. National Team • Full name is Kristin Lynne Richards.

Kristin Richards - Career Highs
Kills: 35 at USC (11/26/05)
Attempts: 73 at USC (11/26/05)
Aces: 4 (3 times)
Digs: 28 vs Penn State (9/10/04)
Assists: 4 (4 times)
Blocks: 5 (4 times)

Getting To Know Kristin Richards

Nickname: K-rich
The best thing about Stanford is: The people
My favorite place on campus is: Our new locker room
Favorite Europe trip memory: Watching World Cup soccer (USA vs. Italy in Rome)
Ten years from now I hope to be: Happy with whatever I'm doing
My favorite class at Stanford: Italian
Favorite thing to do on an off day: Sleep in
Something people would be suprised to know about me: I've broken my nose five times
The place I would most like to visit: New Zealand
My favorite pre-game ritual: Hanging out with my teammates and watching Nji dance in the locker room
Earliest sporting memory: Playing for the Blackwidows (soccer team) and thinking I was the coolest six year old in the world
My greatest athletic moment was: It's a tie between beating Washington at Stanford sophomore season and winning a national championship
The athlete I admire most: Ogonna Nnamani. She's my hero. I want to be just like her when I grow up.
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: A lot about life and growing up; to appreceiate the litle things and also how to manage time between a sport that runs my life, lots of great friends and academics
Best book I have ever read: The Kite Runner or Da Vinci Code
Favorite Food: String cheese, saltines, Papa Johns and mint chocolate chip ice cream
Least Favorite Food: Seafood
My favorite movie: Miracle
My favorite TV show: Friends
My Favorite Actor/Favorite Actress: Denzel Washington/Julia Roberts
My ultimate Sportscenter highlight would be: Winning a gold medal
My favorite musical group: Fall Out Boy
The best advice I ever received was: Always be grateful
The person or people who have had the greatest influence on my career: The parentals
My advice to youngsters: Be grateful and be happy
If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford, it would be: Cafe Rio
If I had one CD to listen to it would be: The punk mix my 12-year-old brother made for me
One wish I would make for the 21st century: World peace

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