Caroline Kurtz
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    Caroline Kurtz

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Albuquerque, N.M.

    High School:
    St. Pius X HS

    Height:
    5-10

    Position:
    OH

    SENIOR YEAR (2010): Team captain.

    JUNIOR YEAR (2009): Played in all 97 sets...was in the starting rotation for every match...led the team with 287 kills and 251 digs...accounted for nine double-doubles...that total was ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference...collected a team-leading 19 kills in the Falcons' 3-2 win over Louisiana Tech...the 19-kill output matched a career high...surpassed the 10-kills mark on 14 other occasions...ranked seventh in the conference (all matches) with a 2.96 kills-per-set average...led the Falcons in kills during 15 matches...posted a career-best 19 digs in Air Force's five-set win over Southern Utah...posted double-digit dig totals in 11 other matches...paced the squad in digs during 12 matches...moved into seventh on the program's all-time Division I digs list with 605...ranked second on the team with 28 service aces...posted a team- and personal-best total of five aces in back-to-back matching against Louisiana-Monroe and at Utah...also accounted for four aces in the match at LaSalle...ranked fifth in the conference with an average of 0.29 aces per set...added 29 assists, highlighted by a career-high four helpers at Denver...recorded solo blocks against Central Arkansas and TCU...also assisted on 16 stops, including a career-best matching three against Wyoming...selected to the all-tournament team at the LaSalle Invitational...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete distinction...named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Second-Team.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2008): Played in 83 sets...was in the starting rotation for 18 matches...collected 105 kills, including a season-high 12 against North Carolina State...added 10 against Akron for second double-digit kill total of the season...led the team in kills during four matches...led the Falcons in kills (6), hitting percentage (.067) and digs (7) against BYU, marking just the second time all season that one person led the squad in all three categories...recorded 124 digs...tallied double-digit dig totals against Montana State (14) and North Carolina State (12)...tallied nine assists, nine service aces and 11 assisted blocks...matched career-best ace output of three at San Diego State...that mark was tied as the team's best single-match ace total of the season...collected one of the team's seven double-doubles on the season against North Carolina State by collecting 12 kills and 12 digs...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete distinction.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2007): Saw action in 93 games...was in the starting rotation for 20 matches, including the last 11...one of two Falcons to surpass the 200 mark in both kills (203) and digs (230)...one of only three to tally more than 100 kills and digs...recorded three double-doubles (North Carolina A&T, Texas-Pan American, at Chicago State)...tied for seventh on the program's Division I single-season list with 230 digs...tallied double-digit dig marks in seven matches, highlighted by a 22-dig outing at Chicago State...also recorded 17 digs against North Carolina A&T and San Diego State...led the team in digs during nine matches...the 17 digs against North Carolina A&T helped the Falcons to a new Division I team record of 95...tallied double-digit kill totals in six matches, highlighted by a 19-kill output at Marist...recorded 17 kills in back-to-back matches with Texas-San Antonio and Texas Pan-American...led the team in kills during 10 matches...added 15 assists, 14 service aces and 19 total blocks (one solo, 18 assisted)...tallied solo stop at Marist...had a career-best three assisted block outing against Bucknell...tallied a personal-high three aces at Chicago State...earned the team's weekly Spirit Award following the New Mexico match...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete honors...named Co-Rookie of the Year...also awarded the team's Best All-Around Performance award.

    HIGH SCHOOL: St. Pius X High School...lettered in volleyball all four years...coached by Ashley Cook...named Metro Athlete of the Year and Metro Scholar-Athlete of the Year...member of one state championship team...earned Metro Player of the Week honors...first-team all-district selection...first-team all-metro honoree...named to the all-state second-team list...selected to the all-state North-South team...member of three district championship teams...two-year letterwinner in softball...named second-team all-district...also lettered one year in track and field...placed fourth in the javelin at the state meet...St. Pius X Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Wendy's High School Heisman nominee...member of the National Honor Society...finished within the top-10 every semester...earned First Honors every semester...graduated fifth in class.

    CLUB TEAM: Played for the High Desert Volleyball Club...coached by Adrian Reeves and Vince VanderMey...finished within the top-five at nearly every national tournament during final season.

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Ronald and Leslie Kurtz...father served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot...mother was a physician in the Air Force...has one older brother, Christopher, who graduated from the Academy...majoring in systems engineering/human systems...looking at a future career in biomedical engineering...hobbies include spending time with friends, playing outdoor sports, skiing, dancing, watching movies and art...member of Cadet Squadron 32...has an uncle that flew for the Air Force and taught at USAFA...grandfather attended West Point and was an Army officer, while two aunts were also in the Army...spent the summer completing an internship at MIT...member of Cadet Squadron 32.

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