FRITZ ON KRIS: "Kris has the ability to score points in bunches with her serve. She can help us the most with her ball-control and defensive range. She is extremely athletic and quick and has developed her eyes to see the game at a very high level. She provides our team with positive energy and is a catalyst for good things when she is on the floor."
AS A SOPHOMORE (2001): Saw action in 25 matches and 78 games as a defensive specialist... Made five starts during the year... A member of the Academic All-Big 12 first team...Played in 11 straight matches to start the season... Tallied 124 digs during the season with an average of 1.59 per game... Posted five double-digit dig totals, including a season-high 19 in the Wildcats' four-game loss at No. 14 Texas A&M (Oct. 22)... Registered five or more digs on 12 occasions... Collected 18 service aces during the season for an average of 0.23 per game... Turned in a season-best three aces against her home-state school, No. 21 Colorado (Nov. 10), and in the NCAA Tournament loss to No. 2 Nebraska (Dec. 1)... Saw her first action of the year against No. 5 Hawaii (Aug. 31) at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic where she played in one game with no stats... Turned in two digs and an aces in a four-game win over Arkansas (Sept. 7) at the Wildcat Classic... Notched six digs and an ace against Oklahoma (Sept. 19)... Posted her first double-digit dig total of the year with 11 in a five-game win over Baylor (Oct. 19)... Shattered her career-high for digs in a 3-1 loss at No. 14 Texas A&M (Oct. 22) with 19... Added nine more digs in a four-game win over Texas Tech (Oct. 24)... Posted back-to-back double-digit dig matches in wins against No. 21 Colorado (Nov. 10) and at Baylor (Nov. 14)... Garnered eight digs in a big win over No. 13 Texas A&M on Nov. 17... Collected 12 digs in the come-from-behind five-game win over Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 30)... Tallied her first career kill against No. 2 Nebraska in the Wildcats' 3-1 loss to go with seven digs.
AS A FRESHMAN (2000): Saw action in 15 matches and 32 games as a defensive specialist... Posted 17 digs in those 15 outings... Saw her first action of the year against Rhode Island on Sept. 2 at the Washington State Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash. ... Turned in a season-high four digs in the 3-0 victory over the Rams in playing two games... Tallied three digs in the Wildcats' victory over Air Force on Sept. 9 at the Wildcat Classic... Scored a pair of digs against in-state rival Kansas in a 3-1 win on Oct. 4... Collected a pair of digs in wins over Texas Tech (Oct. 28) and Texas (Nov. 4).
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... Named first team all-state by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post as a senior... Selected second team all-state by the Rocky Mountain News as a junior... Earned honorable mention all-state by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post her freshman and sophomore seasons... Earned recognition to the All-State Tournament team in 1999 by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, while she was selected to the all-tournament team at the 1997 state tournament by the Rocky Mountain News... Two-time all-conference selection as a junior and senior... Like her sister, Cari, 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... Helped Fowler to district and regional championships each of her four years of high school... Selected to the All-State Tournament team in 1999, along with her sister, Cari, who was also named the tournament's most valuable player... Named first team all-state by the Rocky Mountain News as a junior in basketball, while she was a second-team selection as a senior... Earned Santa Fe League All-Conference and all-area honors each of her four years... Led the team in assists per game (4.6) as a senior, while she finished second behind her sister, Cari, in points per game (10.4), field goal percentage (48.4), rebounds per game (4.2) and steals per game (3.1)... Combined with her sister for all 48 team points when the Grizzlies won the 2A State Championship in track in 1998... Finished third in the high jump, fourth in 200 meters, sixth in both 100 meters and 300-meter hurdles to help Fowler to the team title... Followed that performance at the state meet as a junior by placing second in the high jump, fourth in the 400 meters and sixth in the 200 meters... Won the state championship in the high jump as a freshman, while she won the regional title in the high jump as a freshman and junior, the 100 meters as sophomore and 400 meters as a junior... Selected as the Co-Valedictorian with her sister, Cari... 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... Chose Kansas State over a host of schools including Colorado State, Michigan, Regis and Texas A&M... Coached in volleyball by Vin Mizer.
PERSONAL: Kristen Marie 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, Cari, 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 agribusiness.