|Hometown||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Birthday||April 8, 1991|
Karissa Cook grew up playing indoor and beach volleyball in Santa Cruz, CA. She went on to become a setter at Stanford, helping lead the team to three PAC 12 championships and graduating with a degree in Product Design. After graduating, she joined the University of Hawaii beach volleyball program for the 2014 season, serving as team captain and leading the team to the National Semifinals and an appearance in the Pairs Championship. After graduating from UH with a masters in Civil Engineering, Karissa took time off from the beach to try life without volleyball. It didn’t stick.
In 2015, Karissa returned to Stanford to assist in starting their beach volleyball program and rediscovered her love for the game. She qualified for her first AVP Main Draw in Manhattan Beach that summer and scored a sky-ball ace in her first stadium court match vs. the #1 seed in the tournament. In 2019 Karissa won her first AVP tournament in Austin, Texas with partner Jace Pardon, and the pair went on to win a gold medal representing the US in the Pan American Games. Cook has also won Gold Medals in international snow volleyball 3’s, as well as a World Championship in women’s beach 4’s at the 2019 ANOC Beach Games. Karissa is joined on the AVP tour by her younger brother Brian. When she isn’t playing volleyball, she’s coaching, playing video games (Skryim and Stardew Valley are her favorites), or hanging out with her husband Shayne and their dog Teemo.