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Jennifer Abernathy Biography
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/22/2005
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2004: Played in 82 games and 26 matches, starting 22 ... Averaged 3.59 kills and 2.23 digs per game ... Had eight double-doubles on the season ... Led team in kills six times, in digs five times and in blocks twice ... Reached double-digit kills 15 times ... Notched 20 or more kills four times. Honors: Named MVP of the Wildcat Classic and Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging 5.00 kills, 2.50 digs, 0.30 assists, 0.20 service aces and 0.20 blocks over three matches against Nicholls State, then-No. 9 Pepperdine and then-No. 18 Louisville on Sept. 10 and 11 ... Named to the all-tournament team at the American Classic after averaging 5.14 kills, 3.43 digs, 0.57 service aces and 0.57 blocks in just two matches on Sept. 17 and 18. Postseason: Tallied 13 kills and a team-high 17 digs against UC Irvine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Finished with 20 kills, six digs and three blocks in the loss to San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Season: Had a team-high 13 kills to go with eight digs against No. 7 Stanford (11/27) ... Notched eight kills and a team-high five blocks in three-game sweep of No. 14 California (11/26) ... Had 13 kills and 13 digs against No. 1 Washington (10/16) ... Tallied 15 kills and 10 digs against UCLA (10/1) ... Finished with 24 kills and 10 digs at Hawaii (9/5) ... Recorded 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks vs. Eastern Washington (9/3).

 

2003: Played in all 32 matches, making 30 starts ... Averaged 3.36 kills, 1.92 digs, 0.33 blocks and 0.31 service aces per game ... Finished in double-digit kills 20 times, including the last 10 straight ... Ranked second on the team in kills and kills per game, and third in service aces and digs. Honors: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... Named the Nov. 3 AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging 6.14 kpg on .522 hitting at No. 9 Stanford and No. 6 Cal. Postseason: Played in all four games against Wisconsin, finishing with 11 kills and nine digs. Season: Recorded 16 kills with a career-high five service aces, seven digs and two blocks against Washington State (11/22)  ... Finished with 17 kills on .333 hitting against No. 11 Washington (11/21) ... Tallied 10 kills and 13 digs at Oregon State (11/14) ... Led all players with 18 kills on .355 hitting and added 10 digs at Oregon (11/13) ... Finished with 17 kills and five digs in a four-game loss to No. 1 USC (11/7) ... Recorded 13 kills, three blocks and nine digs in 3-0 win against No. 6 UCLA (11/6) ... Led all players with a career-high 24 kills, to go with nine digs in UA’s 3-0 upset sweep at No. 6 Cal (10/31) ... Tallied 19 kills on .455 hitting with 11 digs, two aces and two blocks in a four-game loss at No. 9 Stanford (10/30) ... Served up a match-high four aces in a 3-0 sweep of Arizona State (10/25) ... Recorded a then-career-high 20 kills and a career-high 15 digs in UA’s five-game loss at No. 2 Hawaii (10/19) ... Helped lead Arizona to its first conference victory of the season with 13 kills, three aces and nine digs at No. 8 UCLA (10/10) ... Recorded 18 kills on .412 hitting in a four-game loss to No. 20 Santa Clara (9/4).

 

2002: Played in 27 matches and 57 games ... Finished the year with 57 kills on 167 attempts. Postseason: Played in eight games in Arizona’s four postseason matches. Season: Tallied 12 digs in Arizona’s five-game win at Washington (10/4) ... Finished with nine digs in Arizona’s loss at ASU (9/27)... Had eight kills and seven digs in Arizona’s victory over No. 11 UCLA (9/20) ... In three matches at the Nike Invitational in Stockton, Calif.(9/13-14), had 31 kills and a team-high 31 digs ... Had nine kills and nine digs at No. 21 Pacific (9/14) ... Tallied her first career double-double against Saint Mary’s (9/14) with 14 kills and 10 digs ... Had a match-high 12 digs in Arizona’s exhibition against British Columbia (9/13) ... Made her first career start against New Mexico (9/6) and responded with five kills and a team-high 10 digs ...  Recorded her first career kill against Texas-Arlington (8/30).

 

High School: Graduated from Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., where she lettered all four years for coach Lou Panzella ... 2000 and 2001 High School All-American ... 2000 BVAL League MVP ... Three-time All-BVAL first-team honoree ... 2001 Contra Costa Times Athlete of the Year for all sports ... 2000 Contra Costa Times Volleyball Player of the Year ... High school MVP in 2000 and ’01 ... Third team all-state in 2001 ... 2001-02 Deer Valley Senior Athlete of the Year for all sports ... Was a member of the 2001 US Junior National Team along with current Arizona teammates Bre Ladd and Kim Glass that competed at the Women’s Junior World Championships in Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic ... Also earned three letters in track and field ... Track squad won BVAL titles in 2001 and 2002 ... Won the 2002 North Coast Section title in the high jump after finishing runner-up in 2001 ... Member of the Deer Valley honor roll.

 

Club: Played seven seasons for Delta Valley in Stockton, Calif. ... Team won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in the 15’s Division in 1999, a silver in ’98 and a bronze in ’01 ... Was named the MVP at Junior Nationals in the 15 and Under division in 1999.

 

Personal: Jennifer Lauren Abernathy was born Sept. 10, 1984, in Waukesha, Wis. ... Daughter of Sherman and Theresa Abernathy ... Has an older sister, Gabrielle, who played volleyball for Pac-10 rival California ... Has a younger brother, Trent.

 

Career Match Highs

Hitting Percentage	.600 vs. Washington State (10/15/04)
Kills		24, two times, most recent at Hawaii (9/5/04)
Attempts		48 vs. Louisville (9/11/04)
Assists		3 vs. USC (9/21/02)
Digs		14 vs. Eastern Washington (9/3/04)
Aces		5 vs. Washington State (11/22/03)
Blocks		5, two times, last vs. California (11/26/04)

 

Career Stats

Season

GP

MP

K

K/G

E

TA

Pct

A

A/G

SA

SA/G

SE

RE

DIG

D/G

BS

BA

TB

B/G

BE

BHE

2002

57

27

57

1.00

43

167

.084

14

0.25

7

0.12

22

5

79

1.39

2

12

14

0.25

9

2

2003

110

32

370

3.36

179

878

.218

13

0.12

34

0.31

80

4

211

1.92

12

24

36

0.33

3

2

2004

82

26

294

3.59

129

681

.242

9

0.11

14

0.17

35

5

183

2.23

7

21

28

0.34

1

1

TOTAL

249

85

721

2.90

351

1726

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