Saw action in 27 matches and started three in her first season with the team after transferring from a junior college ... Played in 90 sets, while recording 156 digs (1.73/set), 21 assists and 20 service aces (T2nd-team) ... Had a season-high 18 digs Sept. 7 vs. UNO at home ... Recorded six service aces, a season-high, Sept. 3 in a straight-sets win over UAPB at home.
Illinois Central CC
Played two seasons at Illinois Central College for head coach Sue Sinclair ... Helped lead the Cougars to a ranking of 11th in the nation during her first season at ICC in 2011.
Earned three letters in both volleyball and softball as a two-sport athlete at Illinois Valley Central ... Was named 1st team all-conference in 2009 and 2010 ... Named to the 2010 Tri-County all-area for volleyball ... Named 3rd team by the Champaign Gazette in 2010 ... Led her team to the sectional and regional championship in volleyball in her junior campaign under coach Lisa Miller.
Full name is Jessie Leigh Ely ... Born April 20, 1993 in Peoria, Ill. ... Daughter of James and Kim Ely ... Has one brother, Josh (24).