Kaiser Joins Beach Volleyball As Graduate Transfer
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona beach volleyball head coach Steve Walker announced on Thursday that Maja Kaiser will be joining the Wildcats as a graduate transfer and can be immediately eligible for the 2022 season under NCAA transfer rules. Kaiser is transferring from the University of Southern California, where she played the last four seasons and helped the Trojans win the 2021 NCAA Championship and made two other appearances in the NCAA Championship match.
"We could not be more thrilled to add Maja to our program," Walker said. "She is such an accomplished player and will be relied upon to provide the kind of high-level leadership she has shown throughout her collegiate career. We recruited Maja out of high school and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent building a relationship all those years ago. With Maja now part of our program, we are all very excited to be a part of her closing act and look to make it a memorable one."
In her four seasons with the Trojans, Kaiser amassed an overall record of 40-31 and appeared in the NCAA Championship match as a freshman and sophomore before being part of USC's national title team in 2021.
In 2018 as a freshman, she was 14-13 overall and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Then in 2019 as a sophomore, her record was 22-14 including another 2-2 mark at the NCAA Championships. Before the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she had appeared in three matches and then appeared in three matches during the 2021 season.
A native of Bulverde, Texas, Kaiser was a four-year indoor volleyball letterwinner at Smithson Valley High School and finished her career as the school's all-time kills leader. She earned all-state recognition as a junior and senior and was an Academic All-State honoree as a senior.
Her beach volleyball experience prior to college includes five years with the USAV Beach High Performance A1 and A2 programs, winning a silver medal in 2015 as the USAV U17 Beach High Performance National Championship.