2013 Illinois Volleyball Year-In-Review
Jennifer Beltran garners All-America Honorable Mention
Purdue defeated Illinois, 3-0, to advance to the NCAA Regional Final
Jocelynn Birks, Jennifer Beltran and Liz McMahon (HM) named to All-Northeast Region teams
Illinois will face Big Ten-foe Purdue Friday at State Farm Center in the NCAA Regional Semifinal
Photos from the Illinois vs. Minnesota match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Michigan State match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Ohio State 'Workout for a Cure' match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Penn State match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Nebraska match at Huff Hall
2014: Served as a student assistant coach in the Spring of 2014, while she completed her undergraduate degree.
2013: Became Illinois' all-time career digs leader on Oct. 12 at Indiana, finishing her career ranked second in Big Ten history with 2,220 digs ... Played every single set at libero, posting her fourth-straight 500-dig season with 526 on the year ... Finished her career with four of the top-seven single-season digs marks, ranking fifth in 2013 ... Retired ranked sixth in the NCAA among active players in career digs ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in digs per set ... Second on the team with 125 assists, adding 15 service aces and two kills ... Posted 10 20-dig matches in the season, for a career total of 42 ... Paced the Illini defense with a team-high 51 digs at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, earning All-Tournament Libero honors ... Recorded a pair of 20-dig matches at the Illini Classic, totaling 62 on the weekend to go along with 16 assists and two aces ... Notched her third 20-dig match of the year at Duke, recording 23 ... Had an impressive night at No. 20 Purdue, registering 19 digs, five assists and two aces ... Broke Illinois' career record for digs at Indiana with 11 digs in the match, and broke into the Big Ten top 10, finishing the night ranked eighth ... Moved into seventh in Big Ten history on Oct. 18 with 10 digs against No. 4 Penn State ... Notched a season-high 26 digs at Northwestern, recording 19 through the first two sets alone, and moved into sixth all-time on the Big Ten digs list ... Tallied 21 digs and three assists to help lead Illinois past No. 16 Wisconsin ... Registered 19 digs in just three sets at No. 11 Nebraska ... Tabbed 21 digs, four assists and an ace in the 3-set victory over Iowa, her first 20-dig performance in a 3-setter since 2011 ... Recorded 25 digs, three assists and an ace to help lead the Illini past No. 17 Michigan ... Had her fifth 20-dig performance in six matches with 21 vs. No. 13 Michigan State ... Registered 20 digs and five assists at No. 2 Penn State ... Recorded a second 20-dig performance in a 3-set match against Northwestern ... Put up 19 digs and two aces against No. 22 Marquette to propel Illinois into the NCAA Regional.
2012: Started every match at libero ... Finished her junior year ranked second on Illinois' all-time digs list (1,694) ... After setting the top-two single-season digs marks in 2010 and 2011, she finished sixth in 2012 with 500 digs ... Recorded her 1,500th career dig against Northwestern on Oct. 17 ... Active career digs leader in the Big Ten; ranks 13th all time in conference history ... Led the team in digs, was second in aces and third in assists on the season ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in digs, averaging 4.07 per set ... Registered her first career double-double against Cincinnati (9/15) with 11 assists and 18 digs ... Directed the dynamic back line which put up 75 digs in a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin, recording 27 of those digs herself ... Picked up her first kill of the season at Michigan, bumping a backwards attack over the net and catching the Wolverines out of system ... Tabbed a second kill against Indiana and a third against Michigan State.
2011: Became the 10th Illinois player to surpass 1,000 digs, and finished the season ranked fifth in career digs with 1,194 ... Her 571 digs are second most in school history behind only her 623 she tallied as a freshman ... Recorded a career-high 35 digs at Purdue, which ranks as the most digs by an individual Big Ten player in a match this season and tied the fourth-most digs in school history ... The 35 digs came in only four sets, making it the most in program history by an Illini in a four-set match ... Sixth in the Big Ten in digs per set (4.26 per set) ... Had her fourth-best career digs match with 29 vs. Dayton ... Had double-digit digs in 30 matches ... Ranks second on the team in aces this season (27) ... Has a .953 serve/reception percentage ... Tied the Illinois NCAA Tournament record with 26 digs vs. Ohio State then topped it with 32 digs vs. USC in the National Semifinal ... Named to Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team after combining for 39 digs and seven assists against Ohio State and Florida.
2010: Named to the U.S. Junior National Team ... Became just the fourth opening day starting libero at Illinois ... Named the top libero as part of the all-tournament team at the Time Warner Cable Invitational ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in digs (4.83 dps) ... Was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times, on Sept. 6 after posting 31 digs combined in straight sets victories over both No. 2 Texas and Florida A&M; on Oct. 4 after tallying 32 and 27 digs, respectively, in victories over Wisconsin and Northwestern; on Oct. 18 after combining for 52 digs in wins Purdue and Indiana; and on Oct. 25 when she had just one reception error while posting 38 digs in wins over Minnesota and Iowa ... The 32 digs vs. Wisconsin are tied for the sixth-best by an Illinois player in a single match in school history ... Her 623 digs break Illinois' all-time single-season record.
Named to the ESPN RISE All-America First Team ... Named to prepvolleyball.com's "Team of the Decade" ... Ranked No. 60 in the class by prepvolleyball.com ... Libero for the USA Volleyball Youth National Team in 2008-09 (coached by Jime Stone) and 2010 (coached by Rob Browning) ... Named the best libero at the NORCECA Tournament, leading the USA team to the gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Youth Continental Championships, which they also won in 2010 ... The USA Youth National team placed 12th at the World Championships ... Named first-team All-CIF and All-Sunshine League competing for Marymount High School (coached by Cari Klein) ... Led the Sailors to the Division IV state title ... Named Sunshine League MVP in 2010 for a team that won the conference title ... Played for the SCVC team that won the gold medal in the 15 Open Division in 2007 ... Played for Cal Juniors, SCVC and Sports Shack club teams ... Club coaches were Tim Jensen and Chris Geeter ... Named one of prepvolleyball.com's "Top 100 Aces" and "Defensive Dandies" ... 2010 USA WJNT won the gold medal qualifying for the World Championships 2011 ... Sports Shack 18-1 won the gold medal at the JO's Open 18 Division.
Daughter of Antonia Bonilla and Gustavo and Virna Beltran ... Has one brother, Isaiah ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Enjoys art, singing, shopping, music and volunteer work ... Named to the California Scholarship Federation four times ... Won the Art Award for performance in AP 3-D Studio Art.
Career Single-Match Highs
K: 2 vs. Ohio State (11/12/11)
Getting to Know JenniferNickname: J-Bo
Career Plans: Play professional volleyball for a couple years and then pursue a coaching career
Fun Fact: I have a great appreciation for art
Favorite Movie: The Hangover
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: In-N-Out Burger
Favorite Midnight Snack: Pretzels with Nutella
Things on your "bucket list:" I want to give at least one underprivileged child the opportunity to have their life changed significantly like mine has.
What are you most proud of and why: Being the first person in my family to attend college; it really has great significance to me and my family.
Favorite quote: "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." -John Wooden
Website I most often visit: YouTube
Favorite Sundae Topping: Chocolate fudge
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Subject in High School: English