NDHSAA ALUMNI: Kira Larson


September 15, 2020 8:00 am

Editor's Note: NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix will periodically feature former student athletes and participants of NDHSAA-sponsored sports and activities on the NDHSAA NOW website (www.ndhsaanow.com).

This week's NDHSAA Alumni Spotlight shines on Kira Larson, a 2013 graduate of Fargo North High School. Below is a list of accomplishments in Larson's prep and collegiate careers. Larson also played volleyball professionally in Europe following her collegiate career at Missouri.

KIRA LARSON - PREP SPORTS STANDOUT AT FARGO NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION YEAR: 2013

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

VOLLEYBALL:

  • Posted 558 kills, 137 blocks, 108 aces, 394 digs her senior season with the Spartans.

  • Named USA Today North Dakota High School Volleyball Player of the Year (2012).

  • Named North Dakota High School Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year (2012).

  • Named Class A East Region Senior Athlete of the Year (2012).

  • All-Eastern Dakota Conference Team selection in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

  • Named a North Dakota High School Coaches Association (NDHSCA) All-State First Team honoree in 2010, 2011, 2012.

  • Named NDHSCA Class A Senior Athlete of the Year in 2012.

  • Posted 554 kills, 123 blocks, 247 digs and 81 aces her junior season at Fargo North.

  • Helped the Spartans to three NDHSAA Class A State Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2011). Spartans advanced to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2011.

  • Ranked as the No. 23 player in the country by PrepVolleyball.com as was recruited by NCAA Division I programs.

  • Named a 2012-13 AVCA Under Armour Second-Team All-American.

  • Was selected for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Volleyball Program roster.

BASKETBALL:

  • 2013 Finalist for the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA) Miss Basketball Award.

  • Collected 875 rebounds in her prep career.

  • Helped Fargo North to a NDHSAA Class A Girls Basketball state championship in 2011.

TRACK AND FIELD:

  • Finished her prep track and field career with 10 NDHSAA state titles.

  • Four-time NDHSAA Class A High Jump state champion (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013).

  • Owns the Class A State Record in the high jump (five feet, nine inches; set in 2013).

  • Owns one of the most impressive feats in NDHSAA State Meet history winning the high jump as well as running the anchor legs of North’s 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays that won state titles all in the same day (May 26, 2012).

  • Also was a member of North’s 4x200 meter relay teams that won state titles in 2011 and 2013 as well as the North’s 4x400 relay state title team in 2013. 

OTHER HIGH SCHOOL HONORS

  • NDAPSSA High School Female Athlete of the Year Award winner in 2012 and 2013.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL CAREER

  • Played at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013-Redshirt & 2014-Redshirt Freshman).

  • Named to All-Big Ten Academic Team in 2014.

  • Transferred to University of Missouri and played for the Tigers from 2015-2017.

  • All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) team honoree in 2015 and 2017.

  • American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southeast All-Region Team honoree in 2015 and 2017.

  • AVCA Southeast All-Region Team Honorable Mention in 2016.

  • Named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention in 2015.

  • Named to Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2016 and 2017.

  • Helped the Tigers to three NCAA Division I National Tournament Appearances (2015, 2016 and 2017).

  • Helped the Tigers earn SEC co-championship honors in 2016.

  • Finished her collegiate volleyball career with 901 kills, 287 blocks, 535 digs, and 97 aces.

PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL CAREER

Larson played for Union Volley Montecchio Maggiore of the A2 Italian League during the 2018-19 season.