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Jennifer Pollard
6  Jennifer Pollard

North Bend, Neb.

High School:
North Bend Central


Outside Hitter



FRITZ ON JENNIFER: "Jenny is our lone senior. She has developed into a very nice all-around volleyball player and has made as much improvement from start to finish as any other player in the program's history. She helps our team in countless ways with her ability to pass, defend, attack and block. She has a steady, unyielding presence and is a constant in her ability to not make a lot of mistakes. She is an extremely positive player and will carry a significant load as our most experienced returner."

AS A JUNIOR (2001): Saw action in 28 matches and 105 games as an outside hitter... Started in 27 of the Wildcats' 28 matches, including 19 in a row to start the season... A member of the Academic All-Big 12 first team... Tallied the third-most points on the team with 343.5... Ranked third on the team in both kills per game (2.79) and total kills (293)... Registered double-digit kills in 17 of the 28 matches she played, including a season-best 20 in a thrilling five-game win over No. 13 Texas A&M (Nov. 17)... Paced the team in kills in matches against No. 5 Hawaii (Aug. 31), Baylor (Oct. 13) and No. 15 Texas A&M (Nov. 17)... Had at least five kills in 25 of the 28 contests she played, including 12 in a row to start the season... Tied Lisa Mimick for the most double-doubles on the team at 14... Recorded nine of her double-doubles in the first 15 matches... Totaled a double-double in three consecutive matches against Iowa State (Nov. 3), Texas (Nov. 7) and No. 21 Colorado (Nov. 10)... Tied with Cari Jensen for the fourth-best hitting percentage at .208... Compiled a .300 hitting percentage or better six matches, including a season-best .417 percentage against Oklahoma (Sept. 19)... Finished the season with the third-most total attacks at 881, an average of 8.39 per game... One of three players on the team with 26 service aces... Collected two or more service aces in five matches, including a season-best five aces against Iowa State (Nov. 3)... Ranked ninth in the Big 12 Conference in digs per game with a 3.26 average, while she was 10th in conference matches with a 3.18 average... Her dig total (342) and average (3.26) placed second on the team behind All-Big 12 selection Lisa Mimick... Posted 10 or more digs in 19 matches, including a team season-high 28 against Iowa State (Oct. 10)... Compiled double-digit dig totals in 12 of the team's first 15 matches... Had at least five digs in 27 of the 28 matches she played, including the first 19 contests of the season... Tallied 43 total blocks on the season, including six solo, for a 0.41 per game average... Had at least one block in 25 of 28 matches... Had an impressive season debut in the Wildcats' five-game loss to No. 5 Hawaii at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic, posting a team-high 19 kills on .295 hitting with 12 digs and two aces... Followed that performance with another solid outing in a 3-1 loss to No. 7 UCLA with 13 kills on .290 hitting and 15 digs... Had back-to-back double-doubles in the team's four-game wins over Arkansas (Sept. 7) and Houston (Sept. 8) at the Wildcat Classic... Nearly made it three in a row with nine kills and 16 digs against Washington State (Sept. 8)... Named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team... Hit a blistering .417 in the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma (Sept. 19) with 11 kills, two aces and nine digs... Had 10 or more digs in five straight matches from Sept. 22 - Oct. 3... Turned in another performance of back-to-back double-doubles against Texas Tech (Sept. 22) and Missouri (Sept. 26)... Collected a .333 hitting percentage with 11 kills and 12 digs in a three-game sweep of archrival Kansas (Oct. 3)... Recorded consecutive double-doubles in wins over Iowa State (Oct. 10) and Baylor (Oct. 13)... Had 16 kills on .295 hitting with 12 digs, two aces and two blocks in the five-game win over the Bears... Totaled a then season-high three aces with 11 kills and nine digs against Oklahoma (Oct. 19)... Had consecutive 14-dig performance against No. 14 Texas A&M (Oct. 22) and Texas Tech (Oct. 24)... While registering three double-doubles in a row in three wins against Iowa State, Texas and No. 21 Colorado, she averaged 3.55 kills/game on .239 hitting with 0.73 aces/game and 3.45 digs/game... Turned in her first 20-kill performance of the season in a five-game win over No. 13 Texas A&M with 20 kills and 10 digs... Had a tremendous effort in the Wildcats' come-from-behind win over Arkansas (Nov. 30) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, recording 19 kills on .364 hitting with 25 digs.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2000): Saw action in 27 matches and 94 games as an outside hitter with 19 starts... Named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team... Ranked second on the team in total digs (280) and digs per game (2.98), while she was fifth in total kills (202)... Stepping into the role of the injured Lisa Mimick early in the season, Pollard scored eight double-doubles and 14 double-digit dig totals in her first 16 matches... Posted double-digit kills in 10 matches, including logging 20 or more kills against Utah State (Sept. 1) and Kansas (Oct. 4)... Led the team lead in kills against Utah State (Sept. 1) and Virginia Tech (Sept. 9)... Turned in a hitting percentage of .300 or higher on seven occasions, including .400 or higher against Air Force (Sept. 9), Virginia Tech (Sept. 9) and Kansas (Oct. 4)... Tallied double-digit digs 16 times over the course of the season with 15 or more eight times... Led or tied for the team lead in digs nine times... Earned two or more service aces five times with a season and career-tying four in a 3-0 win over Air Force at the Wildcat Classic on Sept. 9... After a quiet freshman year, Pollard exploded in her first career start in the season opener against Utah State (Sept. 1) at the WSU Cougar Challenge... She turned in career and season-highs in kills, total attacks and digs in the five-game win over the Aggies, as she poured in her first career double-double with 28 kills on 54 attacks for a .389 hitting percentage with 17 digs... Followed that performance with eight kills on .320 hitting and 12 digs in the Wildcats' win over Gonzaga (Sept. 1)... Recorded her second double-double in as many days at the tournament, as she tossed in 17 kills on a career-high 74 attacks with a season-tying 17 digs in the five-game loss to host Washington State (Sept. 2) in the championship match of the tournament.... In recording two double-doubles and three double-digit dig matches, she was named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team... Continued her impressive play three days later in a four-game loss at No. 17 BYU (Sept. 5) with her third double-double of the season, as she totaled 12 kills and season-tying 17 digs to go with a season-best two solo blocks... Posted her fourth double-double and her first in Ahearn Field House with 10 kills on .412 hitting and 11 digs against Air Force (Sept. 9) at the Wildcat Classic... Led the team in kills in the championship match of the Wildcat Classic against Virginia Tech (Sept. 9) with 12 kills (on no errors) on a season-best .522 hitting... Started a streak of eight consecutive matches with double-digit digs against Iowa State with 10 (Sept. 13)... Turned in her fifth double-double in a five-game battle against Texas Tech (Sept. 20), as she totaled 15 kills and a season-tying 17 digs... Followed that performance with 16 digs and season-high three blocks in a three-game win over Texas (Sept. 27)... Connected on back-to-back double-doubles for the first time, as she had 10 kills and 16 digs against Missouri (Sept. 30) and 21 kills and 12 digs against archrival Kansas (Oct. 4)... Played especially well against the Jayhawks with just three attack errors in 44 attempts for a .409 hitting percentage... Also tossed in two solo blocks... After a near double-double (nine kills, 12 digs) in a victory over Colorado (Oct. 11), she turned in her third double-double in four matches with 13 kills on .324 hitting and season-high 17 digs in a five-game victory over No. 22 Texas A&M... One of just two Wildcats to tally double-digit kills in a loss to top-ranked Nebraska (Oct. 18)... After struggling for several matches in October and November, she came through with 11 big digs in a near-upset of the top-ranked Cornhuskers (Nov. 25) in the home season finale... Helped K-State to its first-ever trip to the Sweet 16 with 15 digs against host and No. 15 Pepperdine on Dec. 2... Finished the season with five digs in a 3-1 loss to No. 4 and eventual national runner-up Wisconsin at the Mideast Regional Semifinals.

AS A FRESHMAN (1999): Saw action in 10 matches and 18 games as an outside hitter... Posted four kills on nine attacks (.333 hitting percentage) with 18 digs in those 10 outings... Saw her first action of the year in the opener against No. 5 Long Beach State on Sept. 1, posting two kills on two attacks with three digs in playing all three games... Again tallied three digs in a first round win over Weber State at the Syracuse Preview Tournament on Sept. 3... Turned in a season-best six digs in the finale of the tournament against the host Orangewomen on Sept. 4... Earned one kill on two attacks with two digs in a first round win over Toledo at the Penn State Invitational on Sept. 10... Played only sparingly during the Big 12 Conference season, seeing action in one game against Iowa State (Sept. 29), Oklahoma (Oct. 23), Nebraska (Oct. 30) and Texas A&M (Nov. 17)... Played one game in the Wildcats' 3-1 loss to No. 11 Colorado State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

AT NORTH BEND CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (1995-99): Letterwinner in volleyball all four years at North Bend Central High School in North Bend, Neb. ... Honored as the Fremont Tribune's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior... Selected to the all-state, all-East Husker Conference team and all-area teams on three occasions... Named first team All-Class C-1 two straight years... Was a unanimous first team all-state selection by the Omaha World-Herald, the Lincoln Journal-Star, Nebraska coaches and the Associated Press her senior season... She also earned second team Super State honors and was the Class C-1 co-Player of the Year... Holds North Bend's career records for kills, service aces and attacks... As a senior, she notched 279 kills and hit .400, leading the Lady Tigers to a 26-2 record and a No. 2 state ranking... Team's two losses were to the eventual state champion... Had a team-high 28 blocks, while compiling 169 digs on defense... Named to the all-tournament at the state championships as a junior... Played on the Lincoln Juniors Volleyball Club for three seasons... Helped Lincoln to the 1997 Colorado Crossroads 16-under Championship... Also lettered in basketball all four years and in track once at North Bend Central... Started all four years in basketball, helping the Lady Tigers to a runner-up finish at the Class C-1 State Championships in 1998... Helped the team to a 71-3 record during her playing career en route to being named to both the all-state and all-area teams... Also garnered first team all-East Husker Conference four consecutive years... Holds seven school basketball marks, including the career scoring and assists record at North Bend Central... A member of the National Honor Society three years and Honor Roll four years... An academic all-state selection in basketball and volleyball twice... Homecoming Queen... Coached in volleyball by John Knutson.

PERSONAL: Jennifer Lynn Pollard was born October 28, 1980, in Fremont, Neb. ... The daughter of Frank and Cindy Pollard... Youngest of two children... Has a sister, Kelly, 26... Father, Frank, played football at Northern Colorado... Is majoring in anthropology.