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Karsta Lowe

Pro Volleyball player, Olympic and World Cup MVP and medal winner

Olympic medalist and AVCA All-American Karsta Lowe is in her first season (2020) as the volunteer assistant coach for the Women of Troy.
 
Lowe is a six-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Team and helped Team USA claim bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In other major international competition, Lowe owns gold medals from the 2019 Pan American Cup, the 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix, and the 2015 NORCECA Championship. 
 
She was also a member of the U.S. squad that took fifth place at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. As a newcomer to international competition, Lowe received MVP honors at her first FIVB World Grand Prix tourney in 2015.
 
Professionally, Lowe began her career in Puerto Rico with Changas de Naranjito and has also played in China for the Beijing BAIC Motors club, and in Italy with both Imoco Volley Conegliano and Busto Arsizio.
 
As a collegian at UCLA, Lowe was named to the AVCA All-America first team in 2014 following a senior season in which she led the nation in kills (5.96 kps) and points (6.60 pps). She was a two-time AVCA All-Pacific South Region choice and a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference selection. Lowe also received honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic status three times.
 
Lowe completed her career with the Bruins with 1,422 kills (3.98 kps), a .299 hitting percentage, 40 service aces, 202 blocks (0.57 bps), and 1,569 points (4.39 pps). In seven matches against the Trojans, Lowe collected 110 kills (4.07 kps) with .256 hitting and had 11 blocks and a service ace for 117.0 points (4.33 pps).
 
Lowe prepped at La Costa Canyon High School, which also produced USC All-Americans Katie Fuller (2009-12), Natalie Hagglund (2010-13), and Brittany Abercrombie (2014-17). Current Trojan libero Sophia Theriot is also a graduate of LCCHS.
 
Lowe graduated from UCLA with a degree in geography and environmental studies in 2015. She was born in San Diego and lists Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., as her hometown.