FRITZ ON CARI: "Cari has put her time in and has developed into a fantastic outside attacker. She has developed range to add to her already terminal nature. She figured a lot out last spring and is capable of being one of the best outside hitters in the league."
AS A SOPHOMORE (2001): Saw action in 20 matches and 38 games as an outside hitter... Made five starts during the year... A member of the Academic All-Big 12 first team... Was responsible for 113.5 points... Ranked fourth on the team with both a 2.47 kills per game average and .208 hitting percentage... Totaled 94 kills in just 38 games played... Compiled 58 digs during the season for an average of 1.53 per game... Posted three double-digit dig totals, including a season-high 12 digs in a three-game sweep of Kansas (Oct. 31)... Recorded three double-doubles with all three coming in consecutive matches against Kansas, Iowa State (Nov. 3) and Texas (Nov. 7)... For her efforts against the Jayhawks and Cyclones, she was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Nov. 5... Averaged 5.21 kills per game on .299 hitting with 0.67 aces per game and 3.67 digs per game in the two-match performance that earned her the first conference weekly honor of her career... Collected 14 total blocks, including three solo, for a 0.37 per game average... Played sparingly with the team's depth at outside hitter until a big performance at Colorado (Oct. 6), where she earned 13 kills on .323 hitting with two service aces... Garnered her first double-double of the season with an all-around performance against Kansas (Oct. 31), as she tallied 12 kills on .296 hitting with a season-best three aces and 12 digs... Followed that effort with a season-best 19 kills on .300 hitting against Iowa State (Nov. 3) with 10 digs... Starting in place of Liz Wegner, she came up with an impressive performance against Texas (Nov. 7), as she turned in 15 kills, 10 digs and a season-best four total blocks.
AS A FRESHMAN (2000): Saw action in 27 of the Wildcats' 31 matches at the outside hitter position as a true freshman with 26 starts... Totaled 94 games played... Helped the Wildcats place seventh nationally and fourth in the Big 12 with a 17.91 team kills average... Ranked 10th in the Big 12 with a 4.00 kills per game average... Placed 11th in league-only matches with a 4.06 kills per game average... Trailed just All-American Liz Wegner in most of the team's offensive categories, including kills (376), kills per game (4.00) and total attempts (964)... Set the school records for total kills and kills per game by a freshman... Finished third on the team in digs per game (2.61), while she was fifth in service aces (15) and digs (245)... One of five Wildcats tally 200 or more digs during the season... Recorded 11 double-doubles during the season, including six in Big 12 play... Posted double-digit kills in 22 of the 27 matches that she played, including 20 or more on five occasions... Led or tied for the team lead in kills on six occasions, which was second on the team behind Wegner's 23... Tallied double-digit digs 11 times over the course of the season with a season-best 27 against Washington State (Sept. 2)... Led or tied for the team lead in digs three times... Posted two or more service aces four times with a season-high three against Bradley (Sept. 8), Iowa State (Oct. 21) and Baylor (Oct. 25)... Showed her impressive ability with double-digit kill totals in her first seven matches and double-doubles in four of her first five matches as a collegian... Turned in her first career double-double in her first collegiate action and start against Utah State (Sept. 1) in the season opener at the WSU Cougar Challenge... Tallied 19 kills (just two errors in 35 attempts) on .486 hitting with 12 digs in the five-game win over the Aggies... Followed that with 10 kills and 15 digs against Gonzaga (Sept. 1)... After a 14-kill performance in a win over Rhode Island (Sept. 2), she nearly collected her first 20/20 double-double with 18 kills and a career-high 27 digs in the five-game loss to host Washington State (Sept. 2) in the championship match of the tournament... In recording three double-doubles and four double-digit kill matches, she was named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team... Surpassed the 20-kill mark in impressive fashion against No. 17 BYU (Sept. 5) with 20 kills on .349 hitting and 10 digs... Had a nice all-around effort in a win over Bradley (Sept. 8) in the home opener at the Wildcat Classic with 13 kills on .357 hitting and a season-high three service aces and eight digs... Turned in 13 kills in her Big 12 opener against Iowa State (Sept. 13)... Added 15 kills in the Wildcats' victory over No. 24 Baylor (Sept. 16)... Exploded for a then season-best 23 kills on 63 attempts in a five-game loss at Texas Tech (Sept. 20), while adding 12 digs for her first double-double in Big 12 action... Followed that with another double-double in a win over Texas (Sept. 27) with her 11-kill, 10-dig performance... Started a streak of three straight matches with double-doubles, as she totaled 18 kills and 16 digs in a five-game loss at Baylor (Oct. 25)... Gained a little revenge in the return trip against Texas Tech (Oct. 28), as she poured in 20 kills on .325 hitting with a 15 digs in a five-game victory... For her efforts against the Bears and Red Raiders, she was named the Big 12 co-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 30... Continued her impressive play with another near 20/20 double-double in the come-from-behind victory over Texas (Nov. 4) with 18 kills and 16 digs... Helped the Wildcats to a near-upset of unbeaten Nebraska (Nov. 25) in the home finale, as she recorded 23 kills on a career-best 66 attempts and 15 digs... Collected 14 kills on .342 hitting in the opening round win over Loyola-Chicago (Dec. 1) in NCAA Tournament... Played possibly her finest match in helping K-State to its first-ever trip to the Sweet 16 with a career-best 24 kills on .308 hitting and 14 digs against host and No. 15 Pepperdine on Dec. 2... The 24-kill performance ranks as the fourth-most in a postseason four-game match in school history... Finished the season with 12 kills and six digs in a 3-1 loss to No. 4 and eventual national runner-up Wisconsin at the Mideast Regional Semifinals.
AT FOWLER HIGH SCHOOL (1996-2000): Letterwinner in volleyball all four years at Fowler High School in Fowler, Colo. ... Three-year starter for the Grizzlies... Helped Fowler to three consecutive 2A State Championships after being the runner-up for the title in 1996... Led the Grizzlies to a 91-0 overall record the last three years... Helped Fowler to district and regional championships each of her four years of high school... Chosen second team All-American by the Student Sports Magazine... Two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of Colorado... Finalist for the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons... Twice named the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post Most Valuable Player of the 2A State Championship Tournament... Named to the Denver Post All-Colorado team the past two seasons, which is made up of players from any classification and any class... Earned Denver Post first team all-state honors as a junior and senior, while she named honorable mention all-state as freshman and sophomore... Named to the Rocky Mountain News first team all-state for four consecutive seasons... Only freshman and sophomore regardless of classification to earn that distinction in the state of Colorado... Earned Santa Fe League All-Conference and La Junta Tribune all-area honors four consecutive seasons... Like her sister, Kris, a tremendous all-around athlete... A four-year letterwinner in both basketball and track at Fowler... Led the Grizzlies to the 2A State Championship in basketball in 1999 with a perfect 25-0 season... Fowler lost in the Class 2A Regional Playoff to finish the 2000 campaign with a 21-1 record... It was the first team in any sport in which she played in her remarkable high school career that did not make the state tournament... Helped Fowler to district and regional Championships each of her four years of high school... Named to the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado Girls Basketball Team as a junior and senior, which is made up of players from any classification and any class... She was the first small-school (1A or 2A) player to be chosen to the All-Colorado Team... Three times named the Ms. 2A Basketball Colorado by the Rocky Mountain News... Selected the 2A Player of the Year three times by the Rocky Mountain News and twice by the Denver Post... Earned first team all-state honors three times by the Rocky Mountain News and twice by the Denver Post... Selected second team all-state by both newspapers as a freshman... Chosen the state tournament's most valuable player as a junior by both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post... Became the first freshman in the state's history to be named to the state all-tournament team in 1996... Earned Santa Fe League All-Conference and all-area honors three consecutive years... Led the team in nine categories as a senior, including points per game (23.1), field goal percentage (59.0), three-point field goals (17), three-point field goal percentage (33.3), free throw percentage (70.8), offensive rebounds (82), defensive rebounds (97), steals (86) and blocks (29)... Earned double-doubles in 10 of the team's 22 games this past season... Set the all-time school scoring record for a single-game with 43 points as a sophomore... Combined with her sister, Kris, for all 48 team points for Fowler when the Grizzlies won the 2A State Championship in track in 1998... Won the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump to help Fowler to the team title, while she was the state runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the high jump... Won the 100- meter hurdles at the state meet as a junior and senior, while she was the state runner-up in the triple jump and 300-meter hurdles as a junior... Won the regional championship in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore and junior, while she won the triple jump as a senior... Was the regional runner-up in the high jump and long jump as a senior... Was the regional runner-up in the triple jump as a sophomore and junior... Set new regional track records for the 100-meter hurdles (15.70) and 300-meter hurdles (48.15) as a freshman... Honored by the Sportswomen of Colorado as the state's outstanding all-around high school athlete as a senior... Selected as the Co-Valedictorian with her sister, Kris... Earned the Excellence Award all four years of high school for maintaining a 4.0 GPA the entire academic year... Selected for the University of Colorado Outstanding Junior Award... Was the state finalist for the Wendy's Heisman Award... Named the 1999-2000 Denver Post/Denver Athletic Club Female High School Student-Athlete of the Year... Chose Kansas State over a host of schools including Colorado State, Michigan, Regis and Texas A&M... Coached in volleyball by Vin Mizer.
PERSONAL: Cari Lee Jensen was born December 5, 1981, in Pueblo, Colo. ... The daughter of Rich and Linda Jensen... Youngest of three children... Has a brother, Greg, 23, who is a recent graduate at Colorado State, and a twin sister, Kris, 21, who is also a junior on the Kansas State team... The first set of twins to sign with the program... Lists her greatest thrill as when she combined with her twin sister, Cari, to score all of Fowler's team points at the 2A State Track Championship... Is majoring in kinesiology.