North Bend, Neb.
North Bend Central
AS A JUNIOR (2001):
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 20 or more 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)... Posted 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 career-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 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... Sports a career .380 attack percentage... As a senior, she notched 279 kills and hit .400, leading the Lady Tigers to a 26-2 record and a #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... Also successful on 93 percent on her serve attempts and finished second on the team in aces... 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... An all-round accomplished athlete, she started all four years in basketball, helping the Lady Tigers to a runner-up finish at the Class C-1 State Championships in 1998... Named to the all-state all-area teams three years in leading the team to a 71-3 record... 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... Class President her sophomore, junior and senior years... An academic all-state selection in basketball and volleyball twice... Homecoming Queen... Coached in volleyball by John Knutson.
Jennifer Lynn Pollard was born Oct. 28, 1980, in Fremont, Neb. ... The daughter of Frank and Cindy Pollard... Youngest of two children... Has a sister, Kelly, 25... Pollard’s father, Frank, played football at Northern Colorado... Is planning a major in anthropology.