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Jessica Riester
  • Senior
  • 6-0, Outside Hitter
  • Palmetto, Fla./Berkeley Prep
  • Major: Therapeutic Recreation
  • USA Juniors Club Team: Tampa Bay Juniors

Will spend the 2002 season as a student assistant coach for the Gators

As a Junior (2001): Played in 17 of 30 matches... Logged two attacks and one dig versus Florida International...Posted three digs vs. Virginia Tech...Recorded two kills in four attacks against Kentucky... Registered two kills in two attacks versus Georgia (10/21)... Logged one dig against Kentucky... Recorded one dig versus South Carolina... Registered three attacks and four digs against Marshall during the SunTrust Invitational...

As a Sophomore (2000): Provided depth on the right side, but played middle for three matches (Oct. 27-Nov. 3) for injured Nicole McCray...Hit .583 (7-0-12) vs. Kentucky Oct. 29 and put up a personal-best four blocks vs. Tennessee Oct. 27 while in that role...Shared time with Jacque Robinson at right side...Recorded career highs in hitting efficiency (.667), kills (7) and digs (5) in the SEC opener vs. Alabama...Got her first career start against No. 13 Colorado State in the State Farm Classic Aug. 25...Finished the year with a personal-best .226 hitting efficiency.

As a Freshman (1999): Played 34 games in 22 matches...Recorded first career kill against Jacksonville...Saw first action in three games against No. 6 Pacific in the NACWAA Volleyball Classic....Had a career-high three block assists vs. Iowa.

Prior to Florida: A Paul Mitchell-Volleyball magazine Prep All-America honorable mention selection...Named to that same magazine's Fab 50 list...Named MVP of the Berkeley Prep state championship team...Two-time 3A Player of the Year...All-state, all-county and All-Bay Area Conference... Named most improved player at Berkeley... Club team competed against the Swiss and Czech national teams...Placed sixth at Junior Nationals...Also a standout basketball player...Played varsity basketball at age 14 and won the Florida State Championship that year as well as her junior and senior seasons...Two-time honor roll student.

Personal: Born in Bradenton, Fla...Has a younger brother and sister...Enjoys reading...Would like to play overseas and in the Olympics...Wears No. 14 because she was 14 years old when she was brought on the varsity basketball team, and it won the state championship - number has been lucky for her ever since as hoops squad repeated the same feat her junior and senior seasons, club team had highest ever finish (6th) at Junior Nationals... Favorite sports figure is Michael Jordan...Favorite food is pizza...Best Halloween Costume was Olive Oil...Says best gift received was her grandfather's heart transplant...Pursuing a therapeutic recreation degree.


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