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Force 3 UMBC Athlete of the Week: Jennifer Wylie
Jennifer Wylie has over 300 digs this season.
Name: Jennifer Wylie
Sport/Position: Volleyball/Outside Hitter/Libero
Hometown/High School/Previous School:
Last Week: 36 digs, 4.5 digs/game, 4 service aces, 0.50 service aces/game.
Retrievers Last Week: 1-1—Defeated
Season Record: 7-9.
After the first week of matches this season, Jennifer Wylie was ranked eighth in the nation in digs per game (dpg), averaging 6.77 per game. Since then, she has dropped to 28th in the rankings released on September 24, with 5.55 dpg, but is on pace to become the 12th member of the 400-Dig Club, with a projected finish in the top three. The senior captain continued her trend last week averaging 4.50 dpg, becoming this weeks Force 3 UMBC Athlete of the Week.
Wylie, a native of
This past week, Wylie recorded 11 digs and three service aces in the win against Hartford, and 25 digs and one service ace in the loss at Albany. She leads the America East in digs per game and ranks eighth in service aces at 0.40 per game for a total of 23.
Wylie, a senior transfer from
“I’ve known Jenn since she was in eighth grade,” said Blanchard. “She played for me in high school for three years and on the club level for four years. I knew then [in high school] that she was one of the most disciplined, hardworking athletes I had ever worked with. I have never worked with anyone more devoted and hardworking than Jenn.”
Wylie said that she came to UMBC because she was, “unhappy in
Blanchard, who has only had Wylie for two seasons, knows she will be difficult to replace. “She has an amazing work ethic,” Blanchard said. “She is extraordinarily independent and demonstrates leadership through action. She’s a lot like Pete Sampras; she doesn’t show a lot of emotion on the court, but she is always in control.”
Wylie was certainly in control on Tuesday night with her third 30-plus digs match of the season as UMBC defeated St. Francis (