GENERAL...Preseason All-MAAC...Captain for second straight season... The only senior on this year's team...On pace to finish her career in top-5 on career charts in: kills, digs and assists...An impact player with strong knowledge of the game, a powerful swing and great instincts at the net...Has developed into one of the league's most consistent hitters...Improved defensive player with tremendous overall match experience...Excellent student who carries a 3.80 GPA into senior season...Extremely athletic player who possesses the will to win and the respect of her teammates...Has started since her arrival, and will compete for First Team All-MAAC honors this season.
AS A JUNIOR...Second Team All-MAAC...MAAC Tournament MVP...MAAC All-Tournament Team...MAAC All-Academic Team...MAAC Honor Roll... All-Tournament Team at Holy Cross Invitational...Started all 32 matches and all 120 games for MAAC Championship team...Finished second on squad with 3.46 kills per game and 44 service aces...Posted a .206 attack percentage...Third on the team with 2.4 digs per game and 47 total blocks...Had five 20+ kill matches and 24 double-digit kill performances...Collected 16 kills and 22 digs in five-game win over Canisius (10/30).
AS A SOPHOMORE...MAAC All-Academic Team...MAAC Honor Roll...Led team with 370 kills and 3.94 kills per game...Tops on squad with 313 digs and 3.33 digs per game...Started all 26 matches and 96 of the team's 98 games...Registered 44 blocks (.47/game) and 37 service aces (.39/game)...Recorded a .192 hitting percentage.
AS A FRESHMAN...Appeared in team-high 95 games and all 26 matches...Recorded 2.88 kills per game--the second most on the squad...Also second on team with 36 blocks and 274 total kills...Ended season third on team with 30 aces and 216 digs.
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY...Born September 17, 1985 in Rochester...Active member of Siena and Capital Region communities...Member of prestigious 21st Century Business Leader's Society...Sigma Beta Delta member...Honored on President's List (2003-06)...Volunteered with Albany's "Kids in the Kitchen" program... A marketing major who chose the college because of the campus, people she met and surrounding area...Sister Betsy is a 2001 graduate of Oswego State where she lettered on the volleyball team...The daughter of Marianne and William Gustafson.
BEFORE SIENA...Lettered in soccer and volleyball for three years at Gates Chili, where she was named Female Athlete of the Year in 2003...Additional accolades include: New York State Scholar Athlete (Fr.-Sr.), First Team All-County (Jr. and Sr. seasons), Second Team All-State (Sr.), Monroe County Division I Player of the Year (Sr.) and Empire State Gold Medallist (Sr.).
PIERRE ON GUSTAFSON... "I always believed in Christie. She is one of the finest volleyball players I have ever coached. Christie can deliver when it really matters. She possesses all the qualities one could ask for in a student-athlete and I really am looking forward to her senior season."
Getting to Know Christie Gustafson