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  Kevin McKniff

Kevin McKniff

Player Profile


Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Sabino HS

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 195



NORTHRIDGE - 2009 Kevin McKniff was one of four Matadors to start all 31 matches ... appeared in 111 of 112 games as a junior ... named third team All-MPSF ... finished fifth on the team with 245 kills and was also fifth in kills per game at 2.21 ... hit a team-best .478 which is a career-high and ranks second in Northridge single-season history ... led the MPSF in hitting percentage and ranked fourth nationally ... was second on the team in blocks with 109 (0.98 bpg) and third in service aces with 36 (0.32 sapg) ... earned heads into his senior season ranked third in Northridge history in hitting percentage (.433), seventh in block assists (262) and ninth in total blocks (284) ... pounded a career-high 19 kills while hitting .654 at No. 7 Stanford (Mar. 27) and had 11 kills (.526) in the MPSF semifinals against Pepperdine (Apr. 30) ... matched his career-high with 10 total blocks (one solo) in the Matadors' 3-1 win at No. 10 UC San Diego (Apr. 10) ... notched seven kills, three aces and five blocks (two solo) in a straight set win over No. 8 BYU (Mar. 5) ... had at least one block in all but two matches during the 2009 season ... matched his career-best with four aces at No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (Apr. 17) ... was named MPSF Academic All-Conference for the third consecutive year.

2008 McKniff was one of just two Matador players to appear in all 30 matches ... played in 108 of Northridge's 109 games while starting 30 matches at middle blocker ... named honorable mention All-MPSF ... finished fourth on the team in kills with 247 and was also fourth in kills per set at 2.29 ... fnished third in hitting at .409 after committing just 63 hitting errors in 450 total attacks ... ranked sixth in the MPSF in hitting percentage and 14th nationally ... as a team, the Matadors finished second in the nation with a .323 team hitting percentage ... also contributed 31 service aces which tied Mike Gaudino for third-best on the squad ... eclipsed his previous career-high with 18 kills and a .708 hitting percentage in a 3-1 win at UC San Diego (Mar. 1) ... knocked down 16 kills while hitting .609 to go with six blocks in a four-set win at No. 11 USC (Jan. 9) ... posted a Northridge season-high and personal career-high 10 blocks (all assisted) in the season opener against No. 13 Stanford (Jan. 4) ... matched his career-high with three aces at No. 11 USC (Jan. 9) and at Lewis (Feb. 16) ... was one of five Northridge players named to the 2008 MPSF Academic All-Conference Team.

2007 Appeared in 28 matches and 83 games as a redshirt freshman ... finished fifth on the team with 127 kills (1.53 kills per set) ... was second on the Matadors in blocks with 81 for an average of 0.98 blocks per set which tied James Lischer for the team-high ... hit .405 in all matches and .401 in MPSF matches which was among the top 15 in the conference ... served 14 aces which was good for fifth among Matador servers ... hit a Northridge single match season-high .733 with a career-high 12 kills and one error in 15 swings at Stanford (Jan. 12) ... also reached double figures in kills with 10 against No. 13 USC (Feb. 2) and at No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (Feb. 9) ... had at least one kill in 27 of 28 matches in which he played ... recorded a Matador season-high eight blocks (all assisted) in a 3-1 win at No. 13 USC (Feb. 2) ... served three aces in a match twice during the season ... was one of six Northridge players named to the 2007 MPSF Academic All-Conference Team.

2006 Redshirted as a true freshman for the Matadors in 2006.

SABINO HIGH SCHOOL Played volleyball and basketball at Sabino High School in Tucson, Ariz. ... was named Player of the Year in the Kino Region and also earned first team All-State, All-City and All-Kino League honors ... the Sabercats were Kino League champions in 2004-05 after compiling a perfect 13-0 record ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.7 grade point average.

PERSONAL Born May 29, 1987 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... parents are Sharon and John McKniff ... has one brother, Chris who played volleyball at USC ... ... favorites include the Phoenix Suns and Amare Stoudamire, actor Denzel Washington, the TV show "Law & Order" and sushi ... lists The Rock as the most famous person he has ever met ... major is Business Management.