Jessica Whitehead
    Jessica Whitehead


    Murphysboro, Ill.

    High School:


    Outside Hitter


    Salukis fall to Bradley in three sets

    Salukis struggle against the Braves Saturday evening.


    Salukis open MVC Tournament Thursday

    No. 4 Volleyball opens MVC Tournament against No. 5 Illinois State


    Salukis sweep Indiana State in final regular season match

    Jessica Whitehead led SIU with 13 kills.


    Volleyball falls in five-set heartbreaker at Illinois State

    Senior Bailey Yeager records 32 digs to break SIU single-season digs record


    Salukis wrap up regular-season play at Illinois State, Indiana State

    Southern Illinois will hit the road for their final two regular matches of the 2012 season.


    Volleyball vs. MTSU

    Volleyball vs. MTSU


    Volleyball vs. Bradley

    Volleyball vs. Bradley


    Volleybal vs. UNI

    Volleybal vs. UNI


    Volleyball vs. Missouri State

    Volleyball vs. Missouri State


    Volleyball vs. Indiana State

    Volleyball vs. Indiana State

    Jessica Whitehead
    Game-By-Game Stats

    • Saluki Invitational All-Tournament Team

    Game-By-Game Stats
    Started in 30 matches and played in 111 sets as a junior • Recorded 397 kills to average 3.58 kills per set to rank second in the Missouri Valley Conference • Tallied 1,109 attempts to rank seventh all-time in attempts in a season • Recorded a career-high 60 attempts against Bradley (Oct. 1) • Totaled 52 total blocks, including seven solos and 45 assists.

    Game-By-Game Stats
    Played 104 sets in all 27 matches • ranked second on the team and fifth in the MVC with 338 kills for an average of 3.25 per set • the only player on the team to post 20-plus kills in multiple matches, a feat she achieved four times • posted a season-best 22 kills at Bradley (Sept. 27) • posted a season-best seven digs against Evansville (Sept. 30) • ranked fourth on the team in blocking with 44 total blocks, including 17 solos and 27 assists.

    • MVC Freshman of the Week (Oct. 25)

    Game-By-Game Stats
    Played in 25 matches and started eight as a true freshman • saw action in 69 sets • finished third on the team averaging 2.17 kills per set • earned MVC Freshman of the Week honors after posting a career-high 28 kills in a win over Evansville (Oct. 22) • recorded a personal-best .529 hitting percentage at Bradley (Oct. 1) • finished the season with 28 total blocks, including 17 solo blocks • also posted 13 digs • ranked in the top-20 in the Valley in kills per set.

    High School
    Helped guide her team to a 114-32 record and four regional championships during her career • the Red Devils were sectional champions making it to the Elite Eight in 2009, setting new school records for single-season kills (516) and block points (212) • a three-time all-conference and all-south pick including The Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, earning Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior and Second Team All-State honors as a senior • she finished her career with 1,156 kills, second all-time in MHS history and 485 block points, first all-time at MHS and fifth all-time in the state of Illinois.

    Club Team • Southern Illinois Volleyball Club
    Full name is Jessica Lea Whitehead • majoring in sport administration • born April 22, 1992 in Carbondale, Ill. • has one sister, Jasmine • daughter of Roosevelt and Cecelia Whitehead.

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