4 - Kari Pestolesi
Kari Pestolesi
Height: 5-11
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Edison HS
Position: OH
Experience: 4L

2009: AVCA Honorable Mention All-American...AVCA West Region honorable mention...All-Big West first team...UCI's Junior Female Athlete of the Year...Nevada Invitational Most Valuable Player...UC Irvine Classic MVP...earned LMU/Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament MVP honors....AVCA National Player of the Week after leading UCI to a win over then-No. 6 California and tournament title of the Nevada Invitational...also earned Big West Player of the Week honors...led the team in kills with 437, aces with 41 and was second in digs with 442...also added 42 total blocks...ranked 53rd in the nation in points per set at 4.47...also ended the season 68th in kills per set (3.87) and averaged 0.36 aces per set to sit 78th in the country...finished third and fourth in the Big West in ace and kill averages, respectively... eighth in the season records in attack attempts with 1243...eighth in the season records in kills and sixth in digs...also tied for ninth with 41 aces.

2008: Selected to be a member of the USA Volleyball National Beach Training Team...AVCA All-West Region honorable mention...All-Big West first team...Big West Co-Player of the Week...Aztec Invitational All-Tournament...voted to Golden Dome Invitational All-Tournament team...ranked fourth in the Big West in kill average (3.59) and third in ace average (.34)...also ranked eighth in the conference in digs per game at 3.35...led the team with 373 kills and 35 aces...second in digs with 348...also totaled five solo blocks and 39 block assists...posted a season-high 19 kills against Pacific...career-high 29 digs against Long Beach State...season-high .478 hitting percentage against UC Davis...career-high five service aces against Long Beach State and UC Riverside...five total blocks against UC Santa Barbara for a season-best...22 double-double matches...11th in career attempts with 2,315...finished 17thwith partner Olivia Waldowski at the 2008 World University Beach Volleyball Championships in Hamburg, Germany as a member of Team USA...partnered with Devon Sutherland to win the Big West Beach Tournament...also finished third with Sutherland at the Santa Barbara Open.

2007: Became the first Anteater to be named AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year...also named AVCA All-West Region honorable mention...Big West Freshman of the Year...All-Big West first team...Montana Invitational all-tournament selection...Big West Player of the Week...led the team in kills with 491 and service aces with 40...was second in digs with 349...posted the fourth-best mark in season kills and is the only freshman in UCI history to rank in the top 10...tied for 10th in service aces...fifth in the Big West in kills per game (4.20) and sixth in service aces per game (.34)...career-high 24 kills against Cal State Northridge....recorded 20 or more kills in eight matches...personal-high four aces against Gonzaga and 20 digs against Long Beach State...19 double-double matches...career-high seven total blocks against Davidson...season-high .455 average against Canisius College...finished 17thwith partner Olivia Waldowski at the 2008 World University Beach Volleyball Championships in Hamburg, Germany as a member of Team USA...partnered with Devon Sutherland to win the Big West Beach Tournament this summer.

EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
Named the 2007 Most Valuable Player of the Orange County All-Star Game...recorded the school record for most aces as a senior...also holds the top marks in career kills with 1,118 and digs with 1,048....also is the all-time leader with 232 service aces...totaled 85 blocks last season...tabbed MVP in 2006...2004 and 2005 All-CIF Southern Section first-team selection...member of the CIF championship team in 2004...tabbed Best Defensive Player in 2004 and the Best Offensive Player in 2005... All-CIF second team honors in 2003...two-time Sunset League champion...four-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball...also lettered in track and field as a freshman.

CLUB EXPERIENCE
Played with Golden West volleyball club...voted the MVP of the Junior Olympic 15's in 2003.

PERSONAL
Brother, Tommy, played volleyball at Long Beach State...parents, Tom and Diane, played at the University of Hawaii..., also has a younger brother, Danny...majoring in sociology with a minor in education.