Karissa Cook played four years as a setter at Stanford, helping the team to the NCAA Regional finals twice. An engineering major, she left the school ranked seventh all-time in assists. She then transferred to Hawai’i where she played beach volleyball and received a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Competing with Brittany Tiegs she was the AVCA Pairs National Championship runner-up, and was an AVCA All-American. She ended the year with a 42-7 match record.
Cook was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. Her father, David, played basketball at the University of San Diego as well as professionally in Australia while her mother, Suzy, played volleyball at United States International University. One of four kids, her younger brother Brian played volleyball at Stanford. In 2015, Karissa was named as assistant coach for Stanford beach volleyball team.
Who is your go-to music artist?
Grimes, Rezz, Nora en Pure, Claude VonStroke, Lane 8
What is your guilty pleasure television show or musical artist?
The Adventure Zone (podcast) and League of Legends (game).
What is the most rewarding piece of advice you ever received?
Do less, better.