Mikaela Christiaansen

Mikaela comes from a volleyball family where her mom played at UC–Santa Barbara. Christiaansen lettered all four years at Ironwood Ridge High School and was a two-time first-team Arizona Class 5A All-State selection and two-time honorable mention selection. She played club at Dinamo Volleyball Club and was named to the Prepvolleyball.com "Senior Aces" list. Christiaansen helped lead her club team to a second-place finish in the American Division at the 2009 Junior Olympics and was also a member of the Arizona Region High Performance Girls' Division Team in 2008 and 2009.

Christiaansen played both indoor and sand volleyball at Pepperdine University. Playing in all 64 matches during two seasons at Pepperdine, Christiaansen helped lead Waves to the NCAA Regional final and West Coast Conference title in 2011. As a member of the Waves' sand team, Christiannsen helped them claim the first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in 2012.

Christiannsen transferred to South Carolina for her junior and senior years again playing both sand and indoor for the Gamecocks. Her senior season she recorded 535 digs; the most in a single season in school history and third best overall in the SEC. Christiannsen was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Christiaansen graduation USC in 2015 with a degree in Public Relations and Sport and Entertainment Management. She currently lives in Durham and works at Cisco as a Services Account Manager.