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Kristin Korte Zurliene is the sixth person affiliated with the volleyball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Zurliene was a standout on the volleyball team from 1998-2001. By the time she left the program, she held the all-time records for kills, kill attempts, aces, and digs. She continues to top the all-time digs list with 1,688 and ranks second all-time with 1,407 kills, 3,579 kill attempts, and 196 aces.
Zurliene was the driving force on the then-Rifles volleyball team that made its first NCAA Tournament berth in 2000. She led the team with 423 kills, 55 aces, and 455 digs en route to a 24-11 record. In 2001, she ranked second on the team with 371 kills and led the squad with 56 aces and 440 digs en route to a 25-8 record, a second-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference, and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Zurliene was a highly decorated student-athlete. She was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 1998 after finishing with 294 kills, 45 aces, and 406 digs. She earned All-Conference honors in 2000 and 2001.
Zurliene led the volleyball team to an 87-49 record in her four years in the program.
Zurliene currently lives in Highland, Ill., with her husband, Jared. The two were married in October of 2005. She is a Web Project Coordinator with Elsevier Medical Publishing in St. Louis, Mo. She works with authors, editors, and web developers to create online courses for the e-Education Products Team. She remains active in volleyball, competing in sand volleyball leagues during the summer.