2008: Junior at Creighton • Had one of the top seasons in school history, earning Honorable-Mention All-America accolades as well as All-Central Region First Team honors from the AVCA. • Also named first-team all-MVC and MVC Defensive Player of the Year after ranking second in the MVC and 20th nationally with 1.35 blocks per set. • Only player in the MVC to average at least one block and dig per set and was also only player in the MVC to rank in the top-seven of the league in kills per set, blocks per set and hitting percentage in league play. • Owned six league matches of at least seven kills, seven digs and seven blocks, while the rest of the MVC had one such outing combined. • Named to All-Tournament Team at Bluejay Invitational (Aug. 29-30) and Gamecock Invitational (Sept. 5-6). • MVC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 13. • Had 22 kills and career-high 14 digs against UAB for first career kill-dig double-double (Sept. 5).
2007: Redshirted at Creighton • Started first eight matches before tearing anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during warm-ups prior to match at Drake (Sept. 11). • Had surgery on Sept. 21 and received a medical redshirt, retaining two seasons of eligibility. • Was leading team in points per set, blocks per set and kills per set at time of her injury. • Had 14 kills and career-best 10 blocks while hitting .400 at Iowa State for first career double-double (Aug. 28). • Named to All-Tournament Teams at Holiday Inn Downtown Classic (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) and State Farm Illini Classic (Sept. 7-8).
2006: Sophomore at Creighton • Second-team all-MVC pick as only player to rank in top-10 of MVC in kills per set (9th, 3.33) and blocks per set (6th, 1.26). • Pounded career-high 27 kills vs. Illinois State (Oct. 28) as well as 23 kills in five-set win at Wichita State (Oct. 13). • Had 25 kills in season-finale at Evansville (Nov. 18), including 10 in first set.
2005: Freshman at Creighton • Led all MVC freshmen with 267 kills, 119 blocks and 1.27 blocks per set while being named to MVC’s All-Freshman Team. • Finished third on the club in kills, first in total blocks and second in hitting percentage. • Had 16 kills, season-high nine blocks and hit .462 in win at Northern Iowa (Nov. 18). • Her 267 kills ranked third-most in history for a Bluejay freshman.
Kennedy High School • Three-time team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, she was coached by Kevin Nelson. • First-team all-state by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association as a senior after finishing with 346 kills, 190 digs and 104 blocks. • Had a rare triple-double with 15 kills, 16 digs and 12 blocks on Oct. 7, 2004 vs. Eastview.
Career Highs Kills 27 vs. Illinois State 10/28/06 Attempts 61 at Wichita State 10/13/06 Attack Pct. .524 vs. Jacksonville State 9/1/06 Assists 5 (2x) last vs. Montana State 8/25/07 Digs 14 vs. UAB 9/5/08 Aces 4 at Drake 10/8/05 Blocks 10 at Iowa State 8/28/07 Points 30.5 at Evansville 11/18/06
Creighton Awards & Honors 2005 MVC All-Freshman Team 2005 MVC Freshman of the Week, Nov. 21 2005-06 MVC Honor Roll 2006 Blue Raider Bash All-Tournament Team 2006 Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference 2006-07 Dean’s List 2006-07 MVC Honor Roll 2007 Holiday Inn Downtown Classic All-Tournament Team 2007 State Farm Illini Classic All-Tournament Team 2007-08 Dean’s List 2007-08 MVC Honor Roll 2008 AVCA All-Central Region First Team 2008 AVCA All-American Honorable-Mention 2008 Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team 2008 CVU.com Stellar Spikers Honorable-Mention 2008 First Team all-Missouri Valley Conference 2008 Gamecock Invitational All-Tournament Team 2008 MVC Defensive Player of the Year 2008 MVC Player of the Week, 10/13 2008 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team 2008 Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, 10/15 2008-09 Dean’s List 2008-09 MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award 2008-09 MVC Honor Roll
More About Jessica Full Name: Jessica Lynn Houts Birthday: July 14, 1987 Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minn. Parents: Chuck & Teri Houts Brothers: Mike (19) and Kevin (16) Major: Exercise Science Nicknames: Hootsey, Hoots Favorite Class: Human Anatomy Why Creighton?: Loved the team chemistry and close-knit community