Name: Alix Klineman
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-5
Birthplace: Torrance, Calif.
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
High School: Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
College: Stanford ('11, Art)
Other Career Highlights
  • Won gold with April Ross at 2019 FIVB World Tour events in Yangzhou, China
  • Won gold with April Ross at 2018 FIVB World Tour event in The Hague. Placed fifth with Ross at four other FIVB events
  • Won the NORCECA Tour Final in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic with Ross
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  • Finished fifth on the World Tour four times in 2018 with Ross
  • Medaled in seven 2018 AVP events with April Ross. Won gold at Austin, Manhattan Beach, Chicago and Waikiki
  • Klineman and Ross are coached by Jen Kessy, Ross's partner from 2007-12
Personal: Parents are Mike and Kathie Klineman... Has a brother named Max and a sister named Maddy... Favorite foods include chocolate, Mexican, seafood and sushi... Favorite music includes reggae, acoustic, hip-hop/R&B... Hobbies include listening to music, eating and photography


MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2015 - Pan American Cup (Gold). 2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round). 2011 - Pan American Games (Bronze). 2008 – China Tour...Pan American Cup (Fifth Place).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 - Started six of seven Pan American Cup matches helping the U.S. win the gold medal, scoring 55 points in 17 sets for a 3.24 scoring average. 2014 - Started one match against Brazil in USA Volleyball Cup, compiling 19 points and seven digs...Played in 14 sets as a reserve in the FIVB World Grand Prix. 2011 - Scored 15 points in two sets in victory over Mexico in Pan American Games...Averaged 4.83 points in six sets at Pan American Games. 2008 – Contributed 74 points during an eight-match tour of China that included 58 kills and 14 blocks...Credited with 1.92 points per set during the eight matches of the Pan American Cup, including starts in the final two contests...Hit with a .367 efficiency in the Pan American Cup with 34 kills on 79 swings and just five errors...Added a 0.38 block average at the Pan American Cup...Recorded 13 points versus Venezuela in fifth-place match at Pan American Cup.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year ... Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year ... AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American, becoming the program's eighth four-time All-American ... earned her fourth All-Pac-10 Conference honors ... became just the second Cardinal player ever to record over 2,000 kills, finishing second at Stanford and fifth all-time in Pac-10 history with 2,008 ... led the team and the conference, and ranked second in the nation with 5.55 kills per set and 6.25 points per set ... registered a career-best .372 attack percentage on the season, ranking fourth in the conference and first among outside hitters ... became just the eighth player in school history to register both 1,000 career kills (2008) and 1,000 digs (1,125). 2009 - AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-America ... an All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region member for the third straight year ... appeared in 115 sets for Stanford and led the team for the third consecutive year with 489 kills (4.25 kps) ... recorded her 1,000th-career kill in the opening set versus Saint Mary's (9/19) ... tied for second on the team with 10 double-doubles on the season ... posted a new career high with 33 kills against Cal (11/27), in a come-from-behind win to lead the Cardinal to its fourth straight Pac-10 title. 2008 - A 2008 AVCA First-Team All-American ... a Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American ... an All-Pacific Region pick ... an All-Pac-10 Team selection for the second straight year ... appeared in 115 sets for Stanford and led the team with 415 kills (3.61 kps) ... also contributed 14 service aces, 260 digs (2.26 dps) and 65 blocks (0.57 bps) ... posted 11 double-doubles on the year, with six coming in Pac-10 play and three coming in the NCAA Tournament ... ranked among the Pac-10's top 10 in both kills (6th) and points (7th) ... reached double figures in 26 of the team's 35 matches and posted double-figure digs 14 times ... hit .400 or above six times. 2007 – Selected American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Second Team…Named Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team and Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year...Tabbed AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year...Only freshman to earn a spot on the AVCA All-Pacific Region Team...Appeared in 121 games as a starting outside hitter for Stanford leading the team with 4.12 kills per game (499 total kills)…Hit .276 with 89 blocks on the year...Finished third on the team with 2.69 digs per game ... Second on the team with 28 service aces...Recorded double-figure kills in 29 matches and had 11 double-doubles on the year...Hit above .400 on 10 occasions…Credited with a career-high 24 kills against UCLA in the NCAA Regional title match...Turned in 18 kills and 15 digs in the NCAA National Championship match against Penn State (12/15) en route to being named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that finished fourth at the 2007 FIVB Junior World Championship…Finished as the second leading scorer of the 2007 FIVB Junior World Championship with 128 points (104 kills, 19 blocks and five aces), fourth in the Best Spiker category with a 39.85 conversion percent and 13th in the Best Digger category with 0.40 digs per set…Led U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a gold medal at the 2006 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship…Averaged a team-leading 4.88 points and 3.88 kills per game in the 2006 NORCECA Championship…Member of the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that finished fourth at the FIVB Youth World Championship…Named the Best Scorer at the FIVB Youth World Championship…Helped the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to a gold medal at the 2004 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship.

CLUB/PREP CAREER: Led her club teams to two bronze and a silver medal at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships earning all-tournament honors all three times…2006 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year…Led Mira Costa High School to three consecutive California State Championships and three consecutive CIF Championships…California State Championship most valuable player in 2004 and 2006…Set school records for aces (52) and hitting percentage (.494) as a senior while leading her team to a number-one national ranking… Senior Player of the Year in 2006 and Sophomore Player of the Year in 2004…Three-Time High School All-American. 

Getting to Know Alix Klineman

What are the top songs in your iPod?
“Rainbows” by Jack Johnson and G. Love, “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears, “Wreckless Love” by Alicia Keys, “Foundations” by Kate Nash, “Astair” by Matt Costa, “Desert Sunrise” by Brett Dennen, “G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition)” by Common, “Pour Down the Sunshine” by Bob Marley, “Put Some Time” by Natural Vibrations, “Shy That Way” by Tristan Prettyman, “Serious Times” by Gyptian

Name three things that most people do not know about you.
I skipped first grade. I want to take Portuguese and live in Brazil for a few years. I love dark chocolate

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sleep, eat, listen to music, go to the beach (if the beach is nearby), photography

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Something that I can be creative with and involves a lot of travel

Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Joy McKienzie and JP Calderon

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Brazil (Rio)

What is your favorite room in your house and why?
The kitchen, because of the food

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
My laptop

Rank the following types of television programs in order you like best: Reality TV, crime dramas, game shows, sit-coms, music television, cable news, sports.
Reality TV, sports, music television

What is your favorite television program?
America’s Next Top Model, Lakers, and Gossip Girl at the moment

What is your favorite movie?
There’s too many good ones to pick…but some of my favorites are Blow, The Godfather, Almost Famous, City of God.

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
Night person, no doubt.

What is your pre-match ritual?
Eating and listening to music.

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Usually sleep and listen to music.

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Working with great coaches and being surrounded by amazing players.

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
Anything competitive

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Realistically, basketball. Ideally, tennis.

Who is your favorite athlete?
Kobe Bryant

What is your favorite food?
Dark Chocolate, peanuts/peanut butter, seafood

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
El Sombrero, Zao, Arigato, Riviera Grill

What is your hometown best known for?

How many different languages can you converse in?
One. I know a little bit of French, but I’m not sure I could actually communicate with someone.

What was your favorite class in school?
English, Government and Appreciating the Arts

What is your fondest child-hood memory?
Traveling every summer with my family.

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Jack Johnson and Bob Marley

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
Trip to Brazil

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
My ipod, my camera, and my cell phone.

If you could live in another time period for a week, which one would you choose?
The 70s.

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Sports Illustrated.

What is the most “embarrassing” song on your iPod?
Anything by Spice Girls or Britney Spears

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Competitive, persistent, and easy going

What is your favorite holiday?

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?

What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?
Not American Idol!

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Probably text messaging, but I use them all a lot.

Posted and Updated: Aug. 6, 2015