Ganna “Anna” Khrystenko is tremendously dedicated to the sport of volleyball. She has enjoyed success as both a player and a coach at the most elite level in Europe and continues to provide that wealth of knowledge and experience at Florida State as she enters her third season as the assistant coach.
Khrystenko arrived in Tallahassee in March 2014 and in that time has assisted heavily in international recruiting while coaching in her area of expertise—blocking.
Her knowledge in blocking came through during her first with the Seminoles as she helped Sarah Burrington to an AVCA All-America honorable mention accolade and All-ACC First Team nod while Kiara Wright finished with All-ACC Second team honors.
Khrystenko’s outstanding work with the front row continued in 2015 as Florida State finished with 370 total blocks (634 assisted blocks / 53 solo blocks) as the Seminoles ended the season ranked fifth in the NCAA in blocks per set (3.03). It also marked the third straight season the Seminoles had at least 500 assisted blocks (572-2013, 588-2014)—the most consecutive 500 assisted block seasons since 1986-89 .
Khrystenko continued to play a vital role in the individual development of Burrington in 2015 as she earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and All-East Region Team honors and finished among the top 20 in two major NCAA blocking categories (148 total blocks-11th; 1.44 blocks per set-17th). The addition of Melanie Keil, a transfer from Nebraska, to the Seminoles’ lineup provided Khrystenko a 1-2 punch that finished second in blocks (231.5) in ACC play. The duo of Burrington and Keil finished third and fourth, respectively, among ACC leaders in blocks per set.
The native of Ukraine, Khrystenko played five seasons on the Ukrainian National Team while playing professionally in her country from 1995-2008. During a three year junior career (1995-97) she gained valuable international experience by competing at a pair of Junior World Championships and European Championships.
Khrystenko won a plethora of accolades as a player, including a four-time Ukrainian Championship, where she was awarded the ‘Best Blocker’ multiple times. She is a four-time winner of the Cup of Ukraine and was seen in the Elite Eight of the European CEV Cup and Top Teams Cups. In 2002 where she was awarded the ‘Best Server’ for the Top Teams Cup.
She helped Ukraine take fifth place at the World University Games in 2003.
Following her athletic career, Khrystenko began coaching in 2008 as a manager of the Ukraininan Girls’ Team before being promoted to assistant coach of the Junior Team in 2009. During that time, Khrystenko essentially served as a general manager of the club by selecting coaches and players for the teams while working with advanced volleyball development in her country.
Her role in the Ukraine expands further than just a coach. In 2008, Khrystenko was named as the Chairman of the Athletic Commission for the Ukrainian Volleyball Federation and was a member of the Executive Committee and National Olympic Committee as well. She also spent five years as a General Volleyball Manager at the Ukrainian Government.
Khrystenko came to the United States in December of 2013 where she had been coaching the USA NY AAU Volleyball teams, which are based out of New York and are members of the New England Amateur Athletic Union.
Khrystenko is married to Alexander Khrystenko and the couple have a six-year old son, Ivan.