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Birthdate: A. Birth date: Sept. 23, 1985
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
Resides: Hermosa Beach, Calif.
BEST FINISH / WINNINGS
Domestic: 2nd (3 times) $34,538
International: 17th $250
Overall: 2nd (3 times) $34,788
Christal Engle began her beach career in 2009 when she participated in 10 AVP events, finishing in the top 25 in all but one of them. Playing the first six events with Ashley Groothuis, the duo worked their way through the qualifier in their first event in Panama City to finish 17th. Engle then had her best finish of the season when she played with Keao Burdine at Muskegon and the pair placed 9th, the first top-ten finish for Engle.
The next year, she partnered with Jennifer Snyder for four AVP events where they placed 17th or better in all of them. The duo started the season off with a top-ten finish at Huntington Beach, placing 9th before back-to-back finishes at 17. They then ended their season by finishing 13th at Long Beach.
Engle partnered with Tealle Hunkus for both AVP events in 2012, where she had the best finishes of her career. The pair came into Cincinnati as the 13 seed and won their first match before falling to Nicole Branagh and Kerri Walsh in their second match. After that, they knocked off four straight opponents, including two teams seeded higher than them before falling to top-seeded duo Whitney Pavlik and Jenny Kropp. Engle and Hunkus placed fifth, a career-best for Engle, and they secured a spot in the AVP Championships.
The following weekend, the pair entered into the Championships at Santa Barbara as the No. 5 seed and won their first two pool play matches over Kristen Batt/Raquel Ferreira and Morgan Beck/Priscilla Lime before being stopped by Branagh and Walsh once again, giving them a sixth place finish.
Engle was an outside hitter at Washington where she became the first four-time All-American in school history as well as the first Husky to be named first-team All-Pac 10 each year. She left the school with her name well-etched in the record books as she is the career leader in kills and points, third in aces, seventh in digs and 10th in total blocks. Engle led the 2005 squad to the first UW national title and was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player. Washington advanced to the national semifinals in three of her four seasons there. In high school, Engle lettered in both volleyball and track and was chosen as the 2003 Washington state Gatorade Player of the Year. She is married to fellow beach volleyball player, Evan Engle and the couple resides in Hermosa Beach, Calif.