Kealani “Kea” Kimball enters her third year at LMU…a great all-around athlete and a tremendous leaper…worked diligently in the weight room during the off-season and has become very physically strong…has excellent ball control…can attack from anywhere on the court which opens the door creatively for the coaches…an excellent aggressive blocker.
Earned first-team All-West Coast Conference, while leading LMU in block assists with 47...was second on the team in attacks (661), kills (270), block solos (12) and total blocks (59)...her .265 hitting percentage ranked third on the team and ninth in the WCC...improved her performance during WCC action, averaging 3.6 kills per game during league play, which ranked eighth...also upped her block total to 0.94 per game during conference action, which ranked sixth overall and tops on the team...her 244 digs for the season was the third best total on the team, while her 3.13 digs per game in conference action ranked eighth overall...recorded 12 double-doubles, including eight straight from Oct. 6-Nov. 9...pounded out a season-high 20 kills, along with 12 digs versus Cal Poly on Sept. 5...recorded a pair of 18 kill/10 dig performances versus Pepperdine (Oct. 6) and San Francisco (Nov. 9)...came up with 17 digs versus San Francisco (Oct. 13)...following that performance with 16-dig and 15-dig outings at San Diego (Oct. 19) and Saint Mary’s (Oct. 20), respectively.
Played in 26 matches and started in 15…appeared in 79 games…recorded season-highs in kills (9), attacks (16) and attack percentage (.500) against Marquette (Sept. 16)…posted a season-best five blocks twice…first against Notre Dame (Sept. 21)…and again against Pepperdine (Oct. 7)…hit double-digit digs totals five times…season-high of 16 digs came against Notre Dame (Sep. 21)…also collected eight assists against the Fighting Irish, a season-best…averaged above .300 in attack percentage seven times…had a personal-best four service aces against Pepperdine (Oct. 7)…ended the season averaging 0.57 kills and 1.86 digs per game.
Kimball is a 2000 graduate of Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, HI…a two-sport athlete, she lettered three years in both basketball and volleyball…served as volleyball team captain in her senior season…a two-time first-team All-ILH and All-Hawai’i selection in both sports…earned Volleyball Magazine All-America honorable mention accolades as a senior…as a junior, was voted league player of the year and state MVP in basketball…led her basketball team to a perfect 15-0 record and the state championship title as a senior…earned Steet & Smith Basketball Magazine All-America honorable mention honors in her final year…prep volleyball coach was Dan Kitashima.
Kealani Sierra Kimball was born in Kaunakakai, Molokai on Sept. 15, 1982…the daughter of Ronald and Camron Kimball…has one brother, Kapena…names pizza and ice cream as her favorite foods…was also recruited by the University of Hawaii and Washington State…major is business.