9 Kjia Rivers
9 Kjia Rivers
Height: 6-0
Year: Freshman
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Del Norte HS
Position: Middle Blocker / Right Side
m 28
k/s 1.21
h % .149
a/s 0.02
b/s 0.64
sa/s 0.01
d/s 0.35

UC Santa Barbara
2017 Most Improved Player Award

2017: Earned significant playing time at right side as well as a spot in the middle blocker rotation as a true freshman, appearing in all 28 of the team's matches and starting 18 ... Entered 100 of the team's 103 sets ... Finished the season with 121 kills (1.21 per set) on .149 hitting, 64 total blocks (0.64), 35 digs, three solo blocks, two assists, and one ace ... Ranked second on the team in total blocks and third in sets played ... Started 11 of the team's final 12 matches ... Made her NCAA debut on Aug. 25 against Illinois State, totaling three kills on 10 swings with one block ... Arguably her best all-around performance of the year came on Sept. 8 against No. 19 USC, as she posted a season-high nine kills on .400 hitting with four block assists ... Had at least four blocks in nine separate matches ... Notched a season-high six blocks on Nov. 11 against UC Davis ... Hit over .400 in three separate matches ... In conference play, averaged 1.13 kills on .166 hitting with 0.67 blocks per set ... Her offensive efficiency improved as the season went along, with her single-month hitting percentage rising every month (.093 in August, .120 in September, .186 in October, .205 in November) ... Hit .212 in 11 home matches ... Was a Big West Freshman of the Week nominee on two occasions: Nov. 13 (combined 11-3-26, .308, 11 blocks against UC Irvine, UC Davis) and Sept. 11 (20 kills, .302 hitting percentage, 12 blocks in UCSB Thunderdome Classic) ... Received the Most Improved Player Award at the team's annual end-of-season banquet.

High School: Earned three varsity letters at Del Norte High School under head coaches Nate Rendon and Ashton O'Halloran ... Played middle blocker for the Nighthawks ... Totaled 408 kills and 324 blocks in her high school career ... Was named First Team All-League, Second Team All-CIF, and League MVP as a senior after posting 121 blocks and 168 kills with a league-best .363 hitting percentage ... Was a Second Team All-League pick as a junior, when she recorded 125 blocks and 152 kills ... As a sophomore, chipped in 78 blocks and 88 kills en route to an All-League Honorable Mention ... Led her league in blocks as a junior and senior, finished second and third in San Diego Section, respectively ... Won the league title each and made the CIF San Diego Section Playoffs in each of her three seasons ... Won the CIF San Diego Section Title as a senior in 2016 ... Made it to the second round of state playoffs that year as well ... In the first round of states, Del Norte came back from a 2-0 deficit to win the match in five, including a 17-15 fifth game ... Rivers had 11 kills and six blocks in that contest ... Multi-time recipient of Nighthawk Scholar (4.0+ GPA) and Principal's Honor Roll (3.75+ GPA) awards ... In 2015, was on the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team and was named a Del Norte Scholar Athlete.

Club: Started her club career with San Diego Volleyball Club (15s and 16s) before spending her final two seasons with Wave Volleyball Club (17s and 18s) ... Played for head coaches Mike Placek, Marie Zidek, and Nate Rendon ... In his first year with WVC, she won the Las Vegas Classic Tournament and finished fifth in Junior Nationals while making the All-Tournament Team. 

Personal: Kjia Elise Rivers was born on May 18, 1999 to parents Gary and Vida ... Name is pronounced "Kye-yuh" (rhymes with Maya) ... Hails from San Diego, Calif. ... Has one older sister, Ensley ... Lists Grease, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid as her favorite movies ... Favorite read is Walk Two Moons ... Lists to Snakeships and Drake ... Calls Kerri Walsh Jennings and Serena Williams her favorite athletes ... Started playing volleyball at age 12 ... Sarah Dessen is her top writer ... Watches How to Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, and The Vampire Diaries ...  Likes to eat acai bowls after practice ... "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift is her pre-game pump-up song ... Cites location as her favorite aspect of UCSB ... Her father, Gary, played basketball at Arkansas.

Recent Games
Nov 3 at Cal Poly L, 3-1
Nov 10 UC Irvine W, 3-2
Nov 11 UC Davis L, 3-1
Nov 17 at Cal State Fullerton W, 3-0
Nov 18 at UC Riverside L, 3-0
Nov 21 at UC Irvine L, 3-1
Statistics category Overall Conf
Matches 28 16
Sets 100 58
Kills 121 64
Kills per set 1.21 1.10
Errors 65 32
Total Attacks 376 193
Hitting Percentage .149 .166
Assists 2 2
Assists per set 0.02 0.03
Service Aces 1 1
Service Errors 0 0
Service Aces per set 0.01 0.02
Reception Errors 0 0
Digs 35 23
Digs per set 0.35 0.40
Block Solo 3 1
Block Assist 61 36
Block Total 64 37
Blocks per set 0.64 0.64
Block Errors 3 0
Ball Handling Errors 0 0
Points 155.5 84.0
Points per set 1.6 1.4
Matches started 18 12
Date Opponent Score ms s k e ta pct a sa se re digs bs ba be tot bhe pts
Aug 25 vs. Illinois St. L, 3-0 - 2 3 1 10 .200 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3.5
Aug 26 vs. Florida St. L, 3-2 - 5 8 5 22 .136 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 4 0 10.0
Aug 27 at Baylor L, 3-0 1 3 2 3 11 -.091 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2.5
Sep 1 vs. Montana State L, 3-1 - 4 2 3 13 -.077 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2.5
Sep 2 vs. Pacific L, 3-1 - 2 3 3 8 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3.5
Sep 2 at Utah State L, 3-0 - 3 7 2 20 .250 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 4 0 9.0
Sep 8 Yale L, 3-1 1 4 8 2 19 .316 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 4 0 10.0
Sep 8 USC L, 3-0 1 3 9 1 20 .400 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 4 0 11.0
Sep 9 Arkansas L, 3-2 1 5 3 1 14 .143 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 4 0 5.0
Sep 15 at Pittsburgh L, 3-0 1 3 0 2 4 -.500 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Sep 16 vs. Cleveland St. L, 3-1 - 4 7 9 27 -.074 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 9.0
Sep 16 vs. Eastern Ky. W, 3-1 1 4 5 1 15 .267 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 5.5
Sep 22 UC Riverside W, 3-0 - 3 3 4 9 -.111 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 3.5
Sep 23 Cal State Fullerton W, 3-0 - 3 1 2 6 -.167 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.0
Sep 29 at CSUN L, 3-1 1 4 6 1 16 .313 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6.5
Sep 30 at Long Beach State L, 3-0 - 3 0 2 4 -.500 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.5
Oct 6 at Hawai'i L, 3-0 1 3 4 4 14 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4.5
Oct 14 Cal Poly L, 3-1 1 4 4 3 11 .091 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 5 0 6.5
Oct 17 at UC Davis W, 3-1 1 4 7 1 13 .462 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 4 0 9.0
Oct 20 Long Beach State W, 3-1 1 4 6 3 16 .188 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 7.0
Oct 21 CSUN W, 3-0 1 3 4 1 8 .375 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 5.0
Oct 28 Hawai'i L, 3-1 - 4 1 1 8 .000 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 1.5
Nov 3 at Cal Poly L, 3-1 1 4 6 2 22 .182 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 7.0
Nov 10 UC Irvine W, 3-2 1 5 6 3 15 .200 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 5 0 8.5
Nov 11 UC Davis L, 3-1 1 4 5 0 11 .455 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 0 6 0 8.5
Nov 17 at Cal State Fullerton W, 3-0 1 3 7 2 19 .263 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 8.5
Nov 18 at UC Riverside L, 3-0 1 3 1 2 9 -.111 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 3.0
Nov 21 at UC Irvine L, 3-1 1 4 3 1 12 .167 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 3.5
  m s k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s digs d/s bs ba tot b/s pts pts/s
2017-18 28 100 121 1.21 65 376 .149 2 0.02 1 0.01 35 0.35 3 61 64 0.64 155.5 1.6
2018-19 1 1 0 0.00 0 0 - 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
2019-20 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 29 101 121 1.20 65 376 .149 2 0.02 1 0.01 35 0.35 3 61 64 0.63 155.5 1.5
  m s k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s digs d/s bs ba tot b/s pts pts/s
Total 28 100 121 1.21 65 376 .149 2 0.02 1 0.01 35 0.35 3 61 64 0.64 155.5 1.6
Conference 16 58 64 1.10 32 193 .166 2 0.03 1 0.02 23 0.40 1 36 37 0.64 84.0 1.4
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 11 42 50 1.19 21 137 .212 2 0.05 0 0.00 19 0.45 1 33 34 0.81 67.5 1.6
Away 11 37 43 1.16 22 144 .146 0 0.00 1 0.03 12 0.32 0 20 20 0.54 54.0 1.5
Neutral 6 21 28 1.33 22 95 .063 0 0.00 0 0.00 4 0.19 2 8 10 0.48 34.0 1.6
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Wins 8 29 39 1.34 17 101 .218 2 0.07 0 0.00 14 0.48 0 18 18 0.62 48.0 1.7
Losses 20 71 82 1.15 48 275 .124 0 0.00 1 0.01 21 0.30 3 43 46 0.65 107.5 1.5
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August 3 10 13 1.30 9 43 .093 0 0.00 0 0.00 3 0.30 0 6 6 0.60 16.0 1.6
September 13 45 54 1.20 33 175 .120 1 0.02 0 0.00 13 0.29 2 22 24 0.53 67.0 1.5
October 6 22 26 1.18 13 70 .186 1 0.05 0 0.00 8 0.36 0 15 15 0.68 33.5 1.5
November 6 23 28 1.22 10 88 .205 0 0.00 1 0.04 11 0.48 1 18 19 0.83 39.0 1.7