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Celebrating the career of middle blocker Kierra
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2014: Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree ... saw action in 31 matches, starting 27 ... averaged 1.93 kills and 1.00 blocks per set, while hitting at a team-best .353 clip ... added 66 digs and five aces ... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in hitting percentage and 64th nationally ... led team in blocks 16 times and posted five or more blocks on nine occasions ... put down double-digit kills five times, leading the team with a career-best 19 at Northwestern ... hit at a .250 or better clip 20 times, including .300-plus 19 times and .400 or better 15 times ... recorded career-best nine digs vs. Michigan State ... Preseason All-Big Ten ... named to Active Ankle Challenge all-tournament team.
2013: AVCA All-America Honorable Mention ... AVCA All-Northeast Region selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Oct. 28 ... started all 35 matches, playing in all 131 sets ... ranked 28th nationally in hitting percentage (.397), fourth in the Big Ten and second on Purdue's season Top 10 list ... averaged 2.15 kills per set, while adding a team-leading 1.21 blocks per set and 25 aces ... ranked sixth in overall blocks per set among Big Ten players ... during conference play, ranked second in the league in hitting percentage (.380) and seventh in blocks per set (1.20) ... led team in blocks 20 times, including five or more stuffs on 18 occasions ... posted double-digit kills in nine matches, while leading the team four times, and posting a career-best 17 at Northwestern ... ranked fourth on the season list for block assists (142) ... posted career high tallies in aces (4) and digs (8) at Ohio State ... ranks sixth in career block assists (364) and ninth in total blocks (409) ... Active Ankle Challenge MVP ... named to USF Invitational all-tournament team ... member of U.S. Women's National A2 team during summer 2013.
2012: Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 34 matches, playing in all 127 sets ... averaged 1.86 kills per set on a team-best .360 hitting effort, ranking fourth on Purdue's season hitting percentage list and 47th nationally... added 0.95 blocks per set, second most on the team ... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in overall hitting percentage and fifth during conference play ... served up 12 aces, including a career-best two vs. George Washington and at Michigan ... added 51 digs, including career-best five at No. 12 Florida State ... posted double-digit kills in five matches, including a career-best 14 vs. Jacksonville State ... led team in blocks 16 times, while putting up five or more stuffs eight times, including season-high nine against No. 12 Florida State in the NCAA Second Round ... named Active Ankle Challenge MVP.
2011: All-Big Ten Freshmen Team selection ... three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (8/29, 10/17, 11/7) and two-time Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (10/17, 11/7) ... ranked 44th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten with a team-best 1.22 blocks per set ... ranked fifth in blocks per set in conference matches (1.24) ... saw action in 32 matches, starting 28 ... averaged 1.44 kills per set, while hitting .350, ranking fourth in the Big Ten ... led team in blocks 17 times, while posting five or more stuffs on 11 occasions ... registered nine block assists vs. No. 5 Illinois, tying the second most ever in a Purdue four-game match ... hit .818 (9-0-11) against College of Charleston, ranking second on the Purdue three-game match list (10-14 attempts) ... hit .250 or better in 22 matches, including .300 or better 18 times, .400 or better 13 times and .500 or better 10 times ... served up an ace against No. 5 Illinois ... dished out five assists ... named Mortar Board Premier MVP.
High School: Ranked No. 23 on PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... broke 11 school records as a senior, while garnering all-conference accolades and acting as volleyball team captain under coach Kathy Slyder ... led team to a conference championship as a junior, while garnering second team all-state and all-conference honors ... snapped the school's season blocks record and earned "Set a Good Example" award as a junior ... received Most Improved honors as a sophomore as Hamilton Southeastern took the sectional title ... lettered in track her first two years and also competed in basketball as a rookie ... played club volleyball for the Munciana Samarai 18-1s team which was the runner-up at nationals in 2010 ... played for the Team Indiana Volleyball Club 15-1s squad which was the runner-up at nationals in 2009 ... a two-year student athletic council member and four-year honor roll student ... honored as an IHSAA Role Model.
Personal: Given name is Kierra Leeanna Jones ... born Oct. 15, 1992 ... parents are Cedric and Kristi Jones ... has one brother, Cedric; and two sisters, Asia and Denesha ... major is movement and sport sciences ... will face former teammate Alyssa Winner when Purdue plays Ohio State.