Women's Volleyball

Jessica Jendryk
Jessica Jendryk

RS Junior

Wheaton, Ill.

High School:
Benet Academy




43 Illini Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Student-Athletes with GPAs of 3.7 or Higher Earn Special Recognition


Illinois Volleyball Year in Review

Youth and resilience categorize 2012 season


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois at Northwestern - Nov. 21, 2012

Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.


Illinois vs. Michigan 11/17/12

Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.

At Illinois

2012: Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Received the Coach's Award at the annual team banquet, which beginning in 2013 will be known as the "Jessica Jendryk Coach's Award" ... Participated in four matches as a senior, making three starts ... Hit .381 on the season, including .421 in her three starts, tabbing 12 kills, five blocks and an assist on the year ... Recorded her first career kill against UCF on Sept. 15 ... Started against Michigan on Senior Night, hitting .571 with five kills and a block assist to lead the Illini to a 3-1 victory over the Wolverines ... Had two kills, two blocks and no errors in her start at Northwestern ... Registered four kills and two blocks in her third and final start at Iowa.

2011: Academic All-Big Ten ... Letterwinner on Illinois' national runner-up team.

2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Made her collegiate debut vs. Florida A&M after missing the previous season with a torn ACL.

2009: Used season as a redshirt year.

High School

Played middle blocker for the Benet Redwings, who finished the 2008 regular season 34-1 and ranked ninth in the country by prepvolleyball.com ... Benet was also ranked the top team in the pre-season by the Chicago Sun-Times and fourth nationally by prepvolleyball.com ... Coached by Brad Baker at Benet ... Led Redwings with 98 blocks and a .447 hitting percentage ... Named to the Sun-Times All-State Team and All-Area MVP by the Naperville Sun ... Three-time All-East Suburban Catholic Conference ... 2008 ESCC MVP ... Ranked 45th in prepvolleyball.com's list of the nation's "Senior Aces" ... Moved into fifth in career blocks in IHSA history (474) ... Named an Honorable Mention All-American by Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Second Team and Lisle Reporter All-Area First Team as a junior ... Played for three club teams during the last five years, most recently Sports Performance (coached by Rick Butler), which placed fifth at the AAU Open Division Championship in Orlando, Fla., where Jendryk was named an All-American ... Also played for West Suburban (14) and the Lions (14-16) ... Member of USA Women's Junior Red High Performance Team, which earned a bronze medal at the USA HP Championship women's division in 2007 ... Played for JVDA Showcase 18 Power-Open Champions ... Named to the JVDA all-tournament team.


Born Sept. 20 ... Daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Jendryk ... Has one sister, Jenna and one brother, Jeffrey ... Father was the "Scarlet Hawk" mascot for the Illinois Institute of Technology ... Plans to major in business or sport management ... Career aspirations are to be an entrepreneur for a sports organization.

Jendryk's Career Single-Match Highs

K: 5 vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
TA: 8 at Iowa (11/24/12)
Pct: .571 vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
A: 1 at Iowa (11/24/12)
SA: 0
D: 0
BS: 0
BA: 2, 2x, last at Iowa (11/24/12)
TB: 2, 2x, last at Iowa (11/24/12)


Getting to know Jessica

Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan - being the best was not enough. He strived to be better.
Nicknames: JJ, J2
Career Plans: Sports Marketing
Fun Fact: I snore the loudest on the team
Movie you've seen in theaters that you've regretted seeing the most: Eat, Pray, Love - never again will some teammates be in charge of picking out a movie for the team to see.
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Cozumel's
Favorite Midnight Snack: Cereal and milk
Three things on your "bucket list:" Swim with dolphins, learn how to surf and travel to Italy
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A puppy
Favorite Sundae Toppings: Whipping cream, bananas, nuts and hot fudge
Weirdest Quirk: My dance moves
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite TV Shows: Say Yes to the Dress, Glee and Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Musical Artist: Taylor Swift
What is your favorite game? Scrabble or Catch Phrase
Lucky Number: 13
Favorite Subject in High School: English
Crazy thing you dream of doing some day: I want to design a wedding dress line someday.