By Amber Dowdy
The sophomore setter from Ravenna won the national honor after posting impressive statistics for the Jayhawks at the season-opening Battle of the Dells Tournament in Wisconsin, where she posted 50 kills, 315 assists and 17 digs on defense.
Jacobs’ strong play has helped the Jayhawks start the season with a 7-5 record, including a 2-0 mark in conference play.
“I just really want to thank my coaches and my teammates for pushing me in practice, and always believing in me,” Jacobs said. “Hard work really does pay off.”
Jacobs’ love of volleyball took off when she began playing competitive volleyball at a club level in middle school. She went on to spend two years as the setter for the Ravenna varsity volleyball team, helping the squad win its first district title since 2009.
MCC Coach Rick Rykse has watched Jacobs develop as a player, and is excited to see how far she can go in the sport.
“She’s just so driven as a player,” the coach said. “Over the summer she played beach volleyball constantly. Whether it’s playing, lifting, or conditioning, she’s just so motivated.”
“Hard work really does pay off,” Jacobs’ said. “I just really want to continue working and be the best that I can be.”
After this season Jacobs hopes to continue her volleyball career at a four-year college. Rykse has no doubt she can accomplish that goal.
“She’s just a phenomenal athlete,” he said. “She’s so fast, and she’s a great teammate. She’s a very good leader on the team. All around, she’s just a good kid.”
The Jayhawks, who played in a tournament in Toledo last weekend, will play a home match against Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Wednesday.