Jessica Pratapas
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Jessica Pratapas

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central

Height:
5-10

Position:
S

Birthdate:
05/31/1987

Experience:
2L

Redshirt Senior Year(2009)
Appeared in 26 matches and 68 sets ... led the team in set-assists (578) and set-assists per set (8.50) ... recorded at least 20 set-assists in 16 matches ... had no ball-handling errors in 13 matches ... made her first-career start against Gardner-Webb (8/28), recording 29 assists ... had two kills in each of the first five matches ... had a career-high six kills in the final match of the season against Missouri State (11/21) ... had 30 assists in six-straight matches (10/9-10/30) ... had a career-high 51 set-assists against Evansville (10/30).

Redshirt Junior Year (2008)
Appeared in 19 matches ... used predominately as a service specialist ... recorded eight service aces on the year ... had a season-best two aces in each of the three matches of the Redbird Classic ... had a career-high three digs against Western Michigan (9/6) ... recorded two set assists against Oakland (9/6).

Redshirt Sophomore Year (2007)
Did not play due to a season-ending knee injury ... was voted the Kelly Meisner Courage Award recipient by her teammates ... the Meisner Award honors the former Redbird volleyball player who stayed with the team despite battling cancer throughout her college days.

Redshirt Freshman Year (2006)
Appeared in 17 matches ... earned a scholarship in the offseason ... had a career-high six set-assists against Drake (10/27) ... recorded at least four assists in four individual matches ... had a career-best three digs against Wichita State (9/16) ... tallied her first-career kill against Drake (9/30).

Freshman Year (2005)
Redshirted.

Prior To ISU
Academic all-conference team senior season ... helped team to a 30-7 record while playing right side ... team won regional championship and finished second in the conference ... had 139 digs and 51 kills for the season ... NCHS advanced to the super-regional finals ... was a two-sport standout, also playing basketball ... was a four-year National Honors Society member ... played club volleyball for Sports Performance (2004-05) and GLC Select ... served as Sports Performance team captain.

Personal
Jessica Lee Pratapas (prah-TOP-is) ... born May 31, 1987 ... daughter of Steven and Patricia Pratapas ... her father, Steven, played basketball at Lewis University ... three sisters (Leia, Katy and Julia) ... Katy played volleyball at Illinois and is married to J. Leman, a current linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, and a former All-Big Ten player at Illinois ... majoring in communication studies.