Spring Green, Wis.
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Honors: 2010 team co-captain
Of Note: Joined the Badgers in January of 2009 after playing two seasons at Northern Iowa
2010: Back-up setter to Janelle Gabrielsen ... played in seven matches, starting two, and 15 sets ... played four sets vs. Iowa (Nov. 20), putting up 26 assists and adding four digs and two kills ... started vs. Chicago State (Sept. 4) putting up 27 assists; also added four kills, one dig and one block vs. the Cougars ... played one set vs. Green Bay (Sept. 17), tallying 12 assists; also added five digs vs. the Phoenix ... part of the UW's 6-2 offense at Michigan State (Oct. 9), playing three sets in the back row ... had 12 assists and six digs vs. the Spartans ... put up 10 assists and added one dig vs. Indiana (Oct. 15) ... averaging 5.87 assists and 1.13 digs per set
2009: Played in 14 matches and 23 sets ... part of the Badgers 6-2 option on offense, playing back row for Toon ... put up 21 assists vs. Iowa (Sept. 23) ... added three digs and one block vs. the Hawkeyes ... tallied nine assists and one dig vs. Minnesota (11/15) ... averaged 3.13 assists, 0.57 digs and 0.04 blocks per set
2008 (at Northern Iowa): Played in 20 matches, starting nine and 43 sets ... averaged 9.49 assists per set ... also added 1.70 digs, 0.40 blocks, 0.60 kills and 0.21 service aces per set ... aided the Panthers to a 25-9 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament
2007 (at Northern Iowa): Appeared in one game as backup to three-year starter Kristin Belzung.
2006 (at Northern Iowa): Redshirt season
High School: Four-year starter in both basketball and volleyball ... four-time first-team all-conference selection in both sports ... in volleyball, first-team all state as a senior ... team posted a combined record of 126-24 over four years, with three conference championships ... senior year, team finished as state runners-up ... PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces list of top 100 recruits of 2006 ... holds state of Wisconsin Division II match record with a .595 hitting percentage ... had 1,571 kills, 374 blocks and 186 aces for her career ... scored more than 1,000 career points in basketball and was team captain her senior year ... named to honor roll all four years
Personal: Parents are James and Jan Benson ... has one sister Julie (25) and one brother Joel (19) ... nickname is Jess ... enjoys scrapbooking, reading and shopping ... has volunteered at a nursing home
Major: Elementary education
"I felt at home on the campus and with the team. The pride and tradition
that go along with being a Badger is something that I have dreamed
of since I was very young. There is not another place in the nation that
I would rather be than at the University of Wisconsin."
||4 (2x; MR vs. Evansville, 11-27-08)
12 vs. Creighton, 11-28-08
||.750 (3-0-4) vs. Green Bay, 9-17-10
||60 vs. Creighton, 11-28-08
||5 vs. Clemson, 9-6-08
||14 vs. Clemson, 9-6-08
||3 (3x; MR vs. Evansville, 11-27-08)
||9.0 vs. Clemson, 9-6-08
Off the Court with Jessa Benson
First started volleyball: 6th grade
Most memorable match: Playing against Waupun at state my senior year of high school
One word that describes the UW team is: Dedication
One word that describes me: Appreciative
The best thing about Madison is: The Badger fans!
Best UW road trip: 2010 spring break trip to California
This summer I: went to California with Elle and we ran into Brian Heffernan at the AVP Tour stop
If I wasn't playing college volleyball, I would be: Going to school at the UW hanging out with the volleyball team ... they are awesome!
Dream as a collegiate player: To play in the final four
Is there anything significant about your uniform number? I had the number for volleyball growing up in both high school and club.
My role models are: My sister Julie and my friend Sarah
What talent would you like to have? I would like to be able to cook really well!
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Travel anywhere and everywhere
Post-college/career plans: Either teach upper elementary school or work as a nurse with extremely sick children
Fantasy job: Teaching or tutoring in a children's hospital
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: Madison, Wis.
If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: The Shed (a restaurant)
The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: That I still sleep with my baby blanket.
I can't live without: My television
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: The iPod
What is your greatest fear? Heights
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly
My dream date would be: Dinner at Imperial Garden and a movie
If I could be on any TV reality show it would be: The Real Housewives of Orange County
What was the first CD you ever owned? Britney Spears: Baby One More Time
You won't catch me eating: tomatoes, onions or mushrooms
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I absolutely cannot stand loofas!
My most prized possession is: My family
My secret addiction is: my puppy dog Gracie
In my free time, I like to: Watch movies with my friends
Best sporting event I ever attended was: Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals
Most famous person I've ever met: Kobe Bryant
Favorites - Athlete: Michael Jordan; Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You; TV show: Full House; Sports team: Green Bay Packers; Food: Chinese; Place on campus: The Field House; Place to shop: Target; Cartoon character: Snoopy; Vacation spot: Florida; Volleyball player: Lizzy Fitzgerald; Favorite drink: Orange juice; Subject: Science; Color: Red; Sport other than volleyball: Basketball