Christine Gladysz Houston ’06 had a dominant athletic career at Washington and Lee as a member of the volleyball and basketball teams.
Gladysz Houston was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior for the volleyball team. After the completion of her volleyball career, she competed with the basketball team and earned a letter after playing in 12 games and averaging 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
On the volleyball court, Gladysz Houston was quite simply the best player on the floor. The setter finished her career with an Old Dominion Athletic Conference-record 5,216 assists, a total that was 3,024 more than the previous school record holder and ranked 20th in the history of Division III women’s volleyball. She also set a new school record for career aces (254) and was second in career digs (1,542) and sixth in career blocks (267).
As a rookie in 2002, Gladysz Houston helped lead the Generals to a then school-record 32 wins (32-8) by playing 131 games as a libero and setter, totaling team bests in assists (841) and digs (419). She was named the ODAC Tournament MVP after leading W&L to the conference championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Her sophomore season resulted in another school-record win total (35-4), a second conference title and an NCAA berth. She played setter full time and was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-South Region and Third Team All-America after ranking third in the nation in assists per game (13.24), finishing with a school-record 1,642 assists, 399 digs, 86 service aces and 72 blocks.
As a junior, she notched 1,387 assists, 374 digs, 61 blocks and 55 service aces as she once again garnered First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-South Region and Third Team All-America accolades. She added ODAC and VaSID Player of the Year honors, and she was once again named the ODAC Tournament MVP after leading the Generals to a 28-8 record, another league title and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Gladysz Houston’s senior campaign continued to produce a slew of records and honors. She was named Second Team All-American, to go along with being named the VaSID and ODAC Player of the Year, ODAC Tournament MVP, First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region. She totaled 1,346 assists, 350 digs, 116 kills, 86 blocks and 64 service aces in leading W&L to a 32-5 record, a fourth conference title and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Across her four seasons, the Generals compiled a 127-25 (.836) overall record and went a perfect 42-0 in conference play.
Following her playing career, Gladysz Houston was named the 2006 winner of the Pres Brown Award as W&L’s Outstanding Female Athlete.