Kinder's Career Bests
Arguably the top athlete on the team ... can dominate both defensively and offensively ... has one of the top jump serves in the BIG EAST Conference ... came into her own on offense last season, setting career marks for kills and blocks ... an expert at the rollshot and able to cover much of the court on defense ... can attack the ball and hit harder than any offensive player on the team ... will serve as team captain in 2003 along with her twin sister, Kristen.
AS A JUNIOR: Moved into a starting role for the Irish at outside hitter ... appeared in all 32 matches (starting 29 of them) and 107 of a possible 113 games ... led the team in aces with a career-best 53 (0.50 per game) ... her 0.50 ace average ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference ... her 53 aces on the season is the highest single-season mark since Angie Harris posted 59 aces in 1997 ... those 53 aces also rank fourth on the all-time single-season list ... her outstanding ace average over her career (0.39) puts her second on the career list ... ended up with a career-best 12 double-digit kill matches in 2002 ... set a career-best for kills (15) twice during the season (at Purdue, vs. Connecticut in the BIG EAST Championship) ... enjoyed a great three-match stretch from 10-25 to 10-29, hitting for 14, 14 and 12 kills against Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Illinois State, respectively ... flashed her outstanding ability on defense by putting up five matches with more than 15 digs ... finished the season with a seven-match streak of double-digit dig performances ... reached a career high in digs (22) during Notre Dame?s upset of #10 Pepperdine during the 2002 Golden Dome Invitational ... also reached the 20-dig plateau against Charleston (21) and Michigan State (20) during the NCAA Championship ... second on the team in double-double performance with seven (10 kills, 11 digs vs. Cincinnati o 12 kills, 10 digs at Loyola Marymount o 14 kills, 12 digs vs. Loyola College o 13 kills, 22 digs vs. #10 Pepperdine o 14 kills, 10 digs vs. Pittsburgh o 12 kills, 16 digs at Illinois State o 15 kills, 13 digs vs. Connecticut in the BIG EAST Championship) ... named to the 2002-03 BIG EAST Academic All-Star team.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw a significant increase in playing time, appearing in 78 of the team?s 103 games ... made first career start during the first weekend of competition against Florida Atlantic during the Shamrock Invitational ... established a career-high for kills (seven) three times during the 2001 season ... had two double-digit dig performances ... enjoyed the most impressive performance of her career against #7 Florida at the University of Florida Volleyball Challenge in Buena Vista, Fla., scoring seven kills with 10 digs and a block in Notre Dame?s four-game loss ... posted 10 digs in four-game victory at Connecticut ... broke out for a career-best five aces, five kills and five digs against Villanova ... was able to block three shots twice during the season (vs. Idaho and at Providence) ... had one of her best matches of the season against the Friars, scoring seven kills, eight digs and an ace in addition to three blocks.
AS A FRESHMAN: Wielded a powerful jump-serve that head coach Debbie Brown used as a weapon off the bench ... one of the team leaders in aces with 12 in 2000 ... recorded her first career kill on her first attempt in the Fairfield match ... gave the Irish a huge spark off the bench in the upset of #15 BYU with two kills, three aces, a career-high eight digs and a block ... had three aces, three digs and a block against #4 Nebraska ... had four kills vs. #3 UCLA ... posted three kills, three digs and two aces vs. Stanford ... notched a career-high seven kills to go along with seven digs vs. Villanova ... notched three kills and six digs at West Virginia ... had three kills and three digs in one game at Michigan ... played two games against Rutgers, scoring three kills and four digs ... had four kills on career-best .571 hitting vs. Boston College ... posted two kills and a dig in one game at Syracuse.
PREP AND PERSONAL: A three-sport athlete at Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif. ... named to the North Yosemite League all-star team all four years at Bullard ... earned NYL player of the year honors her sophomore and senior seasons ... named to the Fresno Bee All-Valley Team from 1997-99 and shared player-of-the year honors with sister Kristen in 1999 ... member of the Blocks and Kills Super Squad in 1999 ... helped lead Bullard to a four-year undefeated run in NYL conference play, compliling a 40-0 record ... one of the "Super 75" in the All Stater Sports Class of 2000 ... named an All-American by Student Sport in 1999 ... earned an Academic Athlete Award all four years at Bullard ... named the top senior girl athlete at Bullard in 2000 ... was the volleyball team MVP her sophomore and junior seasons ... led the team to the Valley Championship in 1999 after finishing second in 1998 ... Bullard was ranked third in California in 1999 and 11th nationally ... member of the Fresno Volleyball Club ... helped Fresno take fifth place at the 1999 and 2000 junior nationals ... played on the USA Volleyball Youth National Beach Team in 1997 ... named an alternate on the USA Volleyball Youth national team in 1998 ... earned All-America honors at the USA junior nationals in 1999 ... a member of the two-time (?97 and ?98) league champion Bullard track and field team ... also ran cross country in 1996, helping the team win the league title ... boasted a 4.32 GPA at Bullard, graduating summa cum laude and sharing valedictorian honors with sister Kristen ... born April 6, 1982 in Fresno, Calif. ... daughter of Denise and Bruce Kinder, who are both registered nurses ... ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a psychology and sociology double major.
Jessica Kinder's Career Bests
Kills - 15 - vs. Connecticut (11-23-02), vs. Purdue (9-18-02)
Digs - 22 - vs. #10 Pepperdine (9-14-02)
Blocks - 5 - vs. Miami (Fla.) (11-24-2)