2 Jessica Granquist  
Jessica Granquist

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Blaine, Minn.

High School:
Blaine HS

Height:
5-8

Position:
Libero

Experience:
3L


02/09/2012

Gophers Hold Annual End-of-the-Year Banquet

Wittman was named Most Valuable Player for 2011.

12/09/2011

Gophers Eliminated in Sweet 16

Gophers fall to Iowa State in four

12/09/2011

Gophers Fall in Four to Iowa State to End Season

Minnesota won the first and lost the next three to end the 2011 campaign

12/07/2011

Gopher Volleyball Set to Host NCAA Regional

Minnesota faces Iowa State at 7 p.m. or following Purdue/Florida State tilt

12/07/2011

Gophers Earn 59 Spots on Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Fall Academic All-Big Ten teams boast several Gopher Standouts

09/29/2011

G60: Jessica Granquist

Volleyball player Jessica Granquist is today's G:60 feature.

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CAREER NOTES:
Entered the NCAA Regional with over 1,726 career digs • was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior • has seen action in 131 career matches and 461 sets • a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as a senior, a three-time all-tournament selection (AVCA Showcase, UNI All-Tournament and Marquette Challenge).

2011 • SENIOR SEASON:
Holds a team-high 513 digs (4.58 dps) and ranks second in Big Ten • had 15 matches in which she led all players in digs • in all 29 matches has at least 10 plus digs • three-time All-Tournament Team honoree and named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week once • played in five sets recording 19 digs against USC (8/26) and 26 digs with three assists in five sets against Oregon (8/27) en route to being named All AVCA Tournament Team • registered 20 digs with six assists in a three-set sweep over Texas (9/2) • had 17 digs and three assists in three sets in a consecutive sweep over Texas (9/3) • In three sets, collected 17 digs and five assists against Saint Louis (9/9) • recorded 16 digs and five assists in five sets against Kansas (9/10) • had a season-best 34 digs and five kill assists in five sets against UNI (9-10) en route to being named All Clarion Inn-vitational Tournament Team • added 16 more digs to her season total as well as one kill assist against Middle Tennessee (9/17) • in five sets, had 18 digs and four kill assists against Marquette (9/18) • named libero of the tournament • registered 20 kills and a kill assist in five sets against Illinois (9/23) • against Northwestern (9/25), played in four sets racking up 18 digs • in five sets against Michigan (10/7) had a match-high 22 digs • recorded 18 digs in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) • played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) with 20 digs and two assists • registered 23 more digs and a kill in five sets against Wisconsin (10/19) • had 11 digs, two kill assists and a kill against Purdue (10/22) • against then No. 3 Illinois (10/29), had 10 digs and a kill assist in three sets • in five sets against Penn State (11/4) had a match-high 24 digs and two kill assists • had 14 digs and three kill assists against Ohio State (11/5) • recorded 12 digs and an assist against Michigan State (11/9) • in four sets, had 25 digs against then No. 4 Nebraska (11/16) • racked up 24 digs and an assist against Iowa (11/19) • registered 13 digs against Wisconsin (11/23) • finished the regular season with 10 digs and two assists in a win against Indiana (11/25) • had a match-high 19 kills in the first round win over North Dakota State (12/2) • one of three players to have over 20 digs in the come-from-behind win over Washington in the NCAA second round (12/3), including six digs in the fourth set and five in the fifth • also had five assists in the win• added 11 digs and three assists against Iowa State in the Regional Semifinal (12/9)•finished third on the Gopher's all-time digs list with 1737.

2010 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year • was one of only two athletes on the team to have played in all 129 sets on the season • led the Gopher defense in digs with 668 total, which was the second-highest total in school history • finished on top of the Big Ten leaderboard in overall digs with an average of 5.18 dps • also had 10 service aces for the Gophers• collected 74 assists on the season • received Defensive Player of the Week honors on Aug. 30 for her efforts at the Diet Coke Classic Tournament • named Most Outstanding Player at the Golden Gopher Invite • had one assists, one service ace, six clean receptions and seven digs in her first start in the libero position against Denver on Aug 27 • tallied 13 digs and 14 receptions against Stony Brook on Aug. 28 • had 20 receptions and five digs against Marquette on Aug. 28 to help the Gophers win the Golden Gopher Invite championship title • was named to the Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament team • received 78 serves perfectly throughout the tournament and averaged 6.25 dps • had 14 digs against Baylor of Sept. 3 • tallied 33 digs against #22 Northern Iowa on Sept. 4 • tallied 28 digs, 26 receptions and one assist against #20 Dayton on Sept. 4 • was named to the Duke Invitational All-Tournament team along with teammates Love and Wittman • had three digs in the first match of the Duke Invitation in Durham, N.C. against NC Central on Sept. 10 • collected 30 digs against Delaware the next day • tallied 19 digs and two assists against Duke in the championship match on Sept. 11 • had 11 digs in the first match of the USD/San Diego State Tournament against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 • had nine digs and one service ace against San Diego State on Sept. 18 • tallied 30 digs and a career-best three service aces against No. 23 San Diego in the championship match on Sept. 18 • had 16 digs, one service ace, and one kill against Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference opening match on Sept. 24 • tallied 21 digs and two assists against No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 25 • set a career-best and tied for the sixth-highest total in school history with 38 digs on Oct. 1 against Purdue • had 12 digs against Indiana on Oct. 3 • collected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 4 for her efforts • tallied her third kill of the season against Iowa on Oct. 10 while tallying a match-high 15 digs • had 31 clean receptions and 25 digs against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 10 • had a match-high 20 digs against No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 15 • tallied 16 digs against Ohio State on Oct. 16 • had a match-high 28 digs and two assists in the five-set match against No. 6 Illinois on Oct. 22 • tallied 17 digs and four assists against Wisconsin on Oct. 24, where she also perfectly received 34 of 35 serves from Wisconsin • collected 12 digs, a service ace, and a perfect 22 for 22 reception percentage against Iowa on Oct. 27 • tallied 18 digs and two assists against No. 24 Northwestern • had 25 digs and one assist in the four-set loss to Indiana on Nov. 5 • posted a team-high 30 digs in the match against Purdue on Nov. 6 in which she also had four assists • was named Defensive Player of the Week after finishing back-to-back 22-dig performances against No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 and Michigan State on Nov. 13 • also had one assist and eight receptions against Michigan and became the 15th player in school history to record 1,000 career digs • collected two assists, one service ace, and 35 receptions against Michigan State • had a team-high 14 digs against Wisconsin on Nov. 19 while also adding five assists • against the No. 9 Illini on Nov. 20, tallied 18 digs, one service ace, and six assists • tallied 14 digs, one service ace, and two assists against Ohio State on Nov. 26 • led the defense with 24 digs against No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 27 while also posting a perfect 26-for-26 serve reception average and three assists • collected a team-high 17 digs against NDSU on Dec. 3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament while adding eight assists on the match • tallied a match-high 21 digs against Creighton on Dec. 4 • also had three assists in the three-set win • ended the season with a match-high 21 digs against Cal on Dec. 10 in the Regional Semifinal match.

Go Gophers! Jessica Granquist
Go Gophers!
Jessica Granquist.
Go Gophers!

2009 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 33 matches and 107 sets during sophomore season • averaged 2.36 dps and had a .956 serve receive percentage to help Minnesota have one of the better serve receive percentage in the conference • finished fourth on the team in digs and was third in digs in Big Ten play • collected 15 digs and had five assists against No. 22 Kansas State in the AVCA Showcase on Aug. 28 • had four assists and six digs against No. 3 Nebraska in the AVCA Showcase on Aug. 29 •had 11 digs and received 12 serves perfectly against Ohio State on Oct. 9 • received 87 consecutive serves perfectly from Aug. 29 to Oct. 9 • had 14 digs and received 21 serves perfectly on Oct. 23 against Michigan State • tallied 13 digs against Indiana on Nov. 6 • collected 12 digs and received 19 serves perfectly at No. 14 Michigan on Nov. 20 • had 13 digs against No. 5 Illinois on Nov. 28 • collected 14 digs against Louisville on Dec. 4 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament • had a career-best 21 digs against No. 25 Colorado State in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Dec. 11 • received 20 serves perfectly in the Final Four match against No. 2 Texas on Dec. 17.

2008 • FRESHMAN SEASON:

Played in 32 matches and 105 sets for the Golden Gophers as a freshman • was third on the team in digs with 250 and averaged 2.38 kps • tied for third on the team in assists (35) and also collected 12 service aces • had two digs in her collegiate debut against Texas A&M on Aug. 30 • collected eight digs and one service ace against No. 11 Hawai'i on Sept. 4 • tallied nine digs and a service ace against Cincinnati on Sept. 6, and also collected 11 digs and two assists against Wyoming on Sept. 6 • had nine digs in a three-set victory against No. 4 Cal on Sept. 12 • tallied nine digs against No. 16 Cal Poly on Sept. 13 • had 11 digs, three assists and one service ace against Notre Dame on Sept. 14 • had 13 digs and a service ace against TCU on Sept. 19 • collected a career-high 18 digs and two assists against North Carolina on Sept. 20 • tallied 15 digs against Indiana on Nov. 1 • had nine digs and two assists against No. 18 Purdue on Nov. 7 • recorded 15 digs, two assists and one service ace against No. 16 Illinois • had a career-high four assists, 12 digs and one service ace against No. 20 Michigan on Nov. 21 • tallied 11 digs and three assists against Ohio State on Nov. 23 • collected 15 digs and two assists against Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 6.

CLUB BALL:
Member of the M-1 Volleyball Club • helped lead her 18's team to a third place finish at Nationals her junior season.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Graduated Blaine High School in 2008 • ranked No. 100 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com among high school seniors • named First-Team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference in her senior season • two-time All-Area honoree, four-time All-Conference and four-time team MVP at Blaine • helped lead her team to a Sectional Championship, and was named to the All-Tournament team in the state tournament • averaged 4.40 kpg and 5.80 dpg as a senior • helped team to a third place finish in the State Tournament in 2006 • named to State Tournament All-Tourney team twice in her career • finished her career as the school record-holder in digs • also was named All-State as a senior in track as well.

PERSONAL:
Born on Dec. 27, 1989 • daughter of Marie and Rick Granquist • has two siblings Ricky and Christina • majoring in Marketing • lists most memorable sports thrills as finishing third in State Tournament in 2006 and finished third in Junior Nationals • is the cousin of Boston Celtic and Gopher basketball great Kevin McHale • enjoys playing the piano in her spare time.