Khrystenko Promoted to Associate Head Coach
CORVALLIS –Anna Khrystenko has been promoted to Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2022 volleyball season, Oregon State head coach Mark Barnard announced Thursday.
Khrystenko enters her third season with the Beavers, which begins with Friday's season opener against Long Beach State in Portland.
"I was extremely excited to have Anna join our program three seasons ago. Anna's coaching and technical expertise is top-notch and her ability to recruit student athletes from around the world will strengthen this program over the coming years," Barnard said.
Last season, Khrystenko helped coach Grace Massey to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors, making Massey the first Beaver to earn all-league honors in two straight seasons since 2016-17. She also helped develop middle blocker DiLara Unal, who averaged 0.96 blocks per set as a true freshman after Aliyah McDonald suffered a season-ending injury.
In Khrystenko's first season at Oregon State, the Beavs went 5-13 against an All-Pac-12 schedule in the spring of 2021. She assisted in Massey being named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team, while Mychael Vernon and Kateryna Tkachenko each earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors during the season. McDonald developed into a defensive and offensive force under Khrystenko's guidance with 0.69 blocks per set and a .239 hitting percentage in the middle.
Prior to coaching the Beavers, Khrystenko coached at Rutgers and Florida State, working primarily as a coach for the middle blockers and an international recruiter.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).