Two Hoosiers earned Big Ten volleyball recognition Tuesday, and for the first time since 2010, an IU volleyball player received an All-Big Ten honor.
Senior middle blocker Jazzmine McDonald made her final season her best yet. She recorded a .364 hitting percentage for the season and securing recognition by the conference as an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
McDonald’s .364 mark was good enough for the second-best hitting percentage for a single season in IU volleyball history and the fourth-best clip in the Big Ten during the regular season.
An accurate hitter throughout her college career, McDonald finished with a .294 career hitting percentage, second in school history behind current IU assistant coach Ashley Benson.
IU hit .239 as a team this season, its best percentage since 1995.
The middle blocker collected 93 blocks, including 10 in a double-double performance in which IU upset then-No. 13 Michigan, in 2016.
Those 10 were the third-most in an IU four-set match in school history.
The Hoosiers’ 21 blocks as a team against the Wolverines were the most they had had in any match since 2006 and were the seventh-most in school history.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Leish was selected as IU’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree for her contributions as a team player by encouraging others and supporting her teammates.
Leish averaged 2.41 kills per set in her role this season to go along with a .246 hitting percentage.
McDonald’s and Leish’s contributions helped IU win its most matches in a single season since 2010 with 17.