Karina Puikkonen Athlete Profile

#5 Karina Puikkonen

Karina Puikkonen
Position: Setter Height: 6-0 Roster Years: 1999-2002 Hometown: Murray, UT Last School: Murray High School

Personal

Parents are Veikko and Sirkka Puikkonen ... sister Nina was a three-time All-American on BYU's volleyball team (1997-2001) who has since trained with the U.S. National Women's Volleyball team and played professionally in Finland (2003) after completing her college career in 2001 ... including a redshirt year, Karina and Nina were teammates for three years.

Before BYU

Club: Played on the Utah Juniors Club team for Tom Petersen and Jean Widdison ... played three years with Cougar teammate April Varner ... her club team placed first regionally when she was a 16-, 17- and 18-year-old ... earned all-region honors in 1996-97 and 1998-99.
High School - (1995-1998): Earned both academic all-state and athletic all-state in 1998 ... was the two-time MVP of her high school volleyball team ... was named all-region in 1997 and 1998 ... also a member of her high school yearbook staff ... was a Rotary Club Top-10 student at Murray High.

Summary

Karina is one of the Cougars' most complete and seasoned players ... She has the most experience of any returner on this year's team ... She was named to the All-MWC team as a freshman and sophomore and already ranks fifth on BYU's all-time assist list with 2, 723 assists ... She is second on BYU's career list with a 12.67 assist per game average ... She is an intelligent setter with good athleticism who hit a team-best .400 in 2001, the fourth-best single-season percentage in school history ... With nice size, she is a good blocker, can attack well and plays good defense.

Stats

CAREER MATCH HIGHS
Assists: 69 at Wyoming, 10/19/02
Kills: 11 (four times) at Colorado State, 11/22/02; at Wyoming, 10/19/02;
at San Diego State, 9/27/02; at Texas A&M, 9/14/02;
Hitting Percentage: .800 (thrice)
Digs: 15 at Texas A&M, 9/14/02
Blocks: 10 at Utah State, 10/8/02
Aces: 3 (four times)
YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS
Year MP-GP K E A Pct. Ast. SA SE RE Dig BS BA TB BE BHE
2000 33-111 135 45 310 .290 1407 27 36 1 176 8 101 109 10 24
2001 29-104 156 36 300 .400 1316 16 21 1 196 12 81 93 12 24
2002 33-124 190 59 397 .330 1311 25 36 2 204 12 115 127 11 26
Total 95-339 481 140 1007 .339 4034 68 93 4 576 32 297 329 33 74



1999 | Redshirt Year

REDSHIRT

2000 | Freshman Year

Karina was named All-MWC in her first season as the Cougars' setter ... led the BYU offense to an overall team hitting percentage of .278, which ranked eighth nationally ... recorded five double-doubles ... matched career-best 12 digs vs. Hofstra in NCAA Tournament ... had a season-high nine kills vs. Pepperdine, narrowly missing a triple-double ... was third on the team in hitting (.290) and averaged 12.68 assists, 1.59 digs and 0.98 blocks per game ... she was second in the MWC in assists (12.65) and 10th in service aces (0.33) in conference matches.

2001 | Sophomore Year

Karina was named All-MWC for the second consecutive season ... she was also named to the BYU Mizuno Classic team ... ranked second in the MWC with 12.48 assists per game, and led the Cougars to a .251 team attack percentage, which ranked second in the conference ... ranked 10th in the MWC with 1.00 blocks per game ... recorded six double-doubles ... her 12.65 assists per game on the season ranks ninth on BYU's single-season list ... tied a career-best 67 assists at Weber State (10/30) ... set a season-high with 10 kills vs. Colorado (9/6) ... thrice hit a career-high .667 (against Utah, Colorado State and Wyoming) ... also averaged 1.88 digs and 0.89 blocks per game, while hitting a team-high .400, the fourth-best single-season attack percentage (min. 300 attacks) in school history ... played in every game for BYU.

2002 | Junior Year

Mountain West Conference All-Tournament team selection ... she led the team in hitting percentage (.330) ... in MWC play she was sixth in assists per game (11.61) and 11th in hitting percentage (.283) ... she had her second career triple-double vs. CSU (36 assists, 11 kills and 10 digs) ... MWC Player of the Week (11/4) after putting up 14.57 apg; Cougars hit .363 as a team ... tossed up a career-high 69 assists in win at Wyoming (10/19) ... recorded a career-high 10 blocks at Utah State (10/8) ... recorded her first career triple-double vs. then No. 16 Texas A&M (9/14) with 54 assists, 15 digs and 11 kills ... named to the Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament team ... she set a career-high 11 kills in 2002, which she achieved four times ... along with teammate Uila Crabbe she was one of two Cougars to have played in all 124 games; played in 339 of 341 games in her three-year Cougar career ... tied for the team lead with eight double-doubles and had 19 career double-doubles.