2010 || Junior
With no seniors on the 2010 roster, Stipanovich assumed a leadership role and responded with career highs in hitting percentage, total blocks, digs and points. During the season, she notched a .260 hitting percentage, more than 50 points higher than her previous best (.204 in 2009). By year's end, Stipanovich had moved into 16th place on the program's all-time kills list with 891 career putaways. She was second on the team with 2.40 kills per set and 15 matches with at least 10 kills. Helping the team to the title at the season-opening Arkansas Invitational, she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after posting a .532 hitting percentage over three matches. Stipanovich had a season-high 18 kills in a five setter against Oklahoma; she hit .630 against the Sooners in the match. During SEC play, she had eight matches with at least nine kills and a hitting percentage of .300 or better. In consecutive matches, Stipanovich had nine kills and a .364 hitting percentage at No. 2 Florida (Oct. 3) and 16 kills against No. 22 Tennessee (Oct. 8) at Barnhill Arena. Her figure against the Lady Vols was a high during conference play. She had 11 kills and 10 digs at No. 12 LSU (Oct. 13) for her first of two double-doubles of the season. Her next came in the following match with a 10-kill, 10-dig effort at Ole Miss (Oct. 17). Stipanovich closed out the season with three straight matches with double-digit kills, including a 14-kill performance against No. 17 LSU (Nov. 24) in the last match of the year. She set career highs of 13 digs against UMKC and four service aces at Oral Roberts. Stipanovich was one of two Razorbacks, along with Brooke Fournier, to play all 122 sets of the season. She was also recognized for her work away from the volleyball court as a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, Arkansas Athletic Department Honor Roll and SEC Community Service Team.
2009 || Sophomore
From her position of outside hitter, Stipanovich made 23 starts during the season and was second on the team with 2.48 kills per set. She opened the season with 14 kills and five total blocks against TCU and closed out the non-conference tournament with 11 kills at a .412 hitting percentage against Grambling. In the Hogs' five-set road win at Tulsa, Stipanovich contributed 15 kills, six digs and four total blocks. She set her season-high mark with seven digs in the conference opener against South Carolina (Sept. 18). She posted her first double-digit kills total with 12 putaways at No. 17 Kentucky (Sept. 27). During the match, she posted an impressive .800 hitting percentage-12 kills on 15 attempts and no errors. That figure was the second best by an SEC player during the season and tied the third-highest number in program history. In the team's second meeting with South Carolina (Oct. 25), Stipanovich had 14 kills. She matched her season high with seven digs at Alabama (Nov. 15). In the final three matches of the season, she had 15 kills against Auburn (Nov. 20) and Georgia (Nov. 22) and a season-high 17 kills at Ole Miss (Nov. 25). Also against the Rebels, she turned in a career-best performance at the net with seven total blocks-three solo, four assist. For her successes in the classroom, she was named to the 2009 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll and Arkansas' Athletic Department Honor Roll.
Stipanovich continued her growth as a volleyball player with a busy schedule between her freshman and sophomore seasons. She joined former Razorback teammate Kristin Seaton in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the USA Women's National Team open tryouts. Stipanovich was next selected to the USA Junior A2 Team and took part in the European Global Challenge in Croatia.
2008 || Freshman
Stipanovich led the team with 303 kills and was second with 2.83 kills per set as a true freshman. She tallied double-digit kills in 18 matches with a career-best 21 kills in an SEC matchup with South Carolina. Stipanovich recorded a career-best 11 digs twice and was the Razorbacks' kill leader in 11 matches in 2008. She was selected to the 2008 SEC Volleyball Community Service team and was a member of the Arkansas Athletic Department's Athletic Director's List for the 2009 Spring semester. Following the season, she traveled to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for open tryouts to the USA Women's National Team. Stipanovich was later selected to the USA Junior A2 Team.
Prior to Arkansas
The St. Louis, Mo., native played for Westminster Christian Academy during her prep career and helped lead the Wildcats to a 29-8 record and a 2007 runner-up finish at the state championship. Her prep honors with the Wildcats include two all-state, all-region and all-conference accolades and three all-district honors. Stipanovich is the Wildcat's all-time leader with 1,084 kills. She was also recognized as a player to watch by PrepVolleyball.com. Stipanovich's club success at St. Louis CYC includes a pair of regional titles and second- and third- place finishes at the Junior Olympic Nationals. In addition to volleyball, she was active in Spanish Club, culinary club, cycling club, photography and running at Westminster Christian.
Born Aug. 3, 1990, Kelli Nicole Stipanovich is one of six children to Steve and Terri Stipanovich of St. Louis, Mo. She has an older sister, Katie, and younger siblings Sadie, Hannah, Emma and Luke. Her father, Steve Stipanovich, played professional basketball for the Indiana Pacers for five seasons. Stipanovich is majoring in communication at Arkansas.