Kaja grew up in Mesa, AZ where she played at Desert Ridge High school and club for Arizona Storm. She attended San Diego State University where she played all four seasons as a middle blocker/ right side, graduating in 3 1/2 years with a degree in sociology.
SAN DIEGO STATE Highlights . . .
Appeared in 27 matches at middle blocker starting on 25 occasions ... Tied her career high with 15 kills vs. Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7 ... Equaled her career best of eight total blocks vs. Villanova on Sept. 6 ... Recorded at least one block in every match she played ... Led the team with an average of 0.99 blocks per set ... Had a season-high .591 hitting percentage (15-2-22) against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 7) ... Tied her career high with 17.0 points in that match ... Second-best attack percentage was ,524 (12-1-21) vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13 ... Was named the Mountain West Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17 for her performance in home matches vs. San Jose State (Nov. 13) and Nevada (Nov. 15) ... Over those two matches she averaged 2.78 kills and 1.22 blocks per set while recording a .500 attack percentage ... Finished with a hitting percentage of .312 or higher in 12 matches.
Won a pair of varsity letters as a volleyball player at Desert Ridge High school in Mesa, Ariz. ... Earned honorable mention Division I all-state honors the past two seasons while playing at Desert Ridge HS as an outside hitter ... Averaged 2.1 kills and 1.1 blocks per game as a prep senior along with a .446 hitting percentage ... During her junior year posted averages of 2.3 kills, 0.9 blocks and a .462 attack percentage ... Named to the 5A-I East Valley (all-region) team in both 2010 and 2011 ... Set school records for blocks in a career (201), season (107) and match (9) in her two years as a varsity athlete ... Was named to a pair of all-tournament teams in 2011. She holds records for most blocks in a season, most blocks in a game, and most blocks in a career.
Played club volleyball for the Arizona Storm 18 Thunder during the 2011-12 season
Kaja Helena Sandberg was born Jan. 28, 1994, in Pittsburgh, Penn. ... Daughter of Erlend and Margaret Sandberg ... Outside of coaching Kaja enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.