2013: Freshman at Creighton • True freshman who played all six rotations and started every match. • Finished second on the team in digs and tied for second on the team in kills. • Owned nine or more kills in the last 13 matches and a double-double in nine of her last 15 contests. • Ranked second on the team with 11 double-doubles, most by a CU freshman since Allie Oelke in 2007. • Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Oct. 14 after averaging 2.86 kills, 2.29 digs and 1.00 blocks per set in wins vs. DePaul and Marquette. • Set a school record for kills in a debut with 14 in a win over No. 13 BYU (8/30). • Added 12 digs against BYU to become first player to debut with a kill-dig double-double since 1994. • Had her second double-double against No. 7 Hawai’i (9/20), finishing with 10 kills and 12 digs. • Notched a season-best 18 digs in 3-0 win vs. USF (9/7). • Named to All-Tournament Team at Shocker Volleyball Classic (9/22). • Had 12 kills, seven digs, five blocks and two aces on .333 hitting in 3-1 win vs. DePaul (10/11). • Collected 14 digs and had nine kills in 3-2 win vs. Xavier (10/18). • Grabbed 18 digs and added 10 kills during win vs. Butler (10/20). • Had fourth double-double of the fall in 3-1 win at DePaul (10/26), finishing with 13 kills and 13 digs on .303 hitting. • Had 15 kills to go with 10 digs vs. St. John’s (11/1). • Provided third straight double-double in 3-0 sweep vs. Seton Hall, recording 10 kills and 12 digs (11/3). • Helped Creighton to a 3-1 win at Georgetown with 12 kills, 15 digs and four blocks (11/9). • Grabbed eighth double-double with career-high 16 kills and added 15 digs at Seton Hall (11/16). • Had 10 kills and career-best 22 digs vs. Xavier in BIG EAST Tourney (11/29). • Had 11 kills and 15 digs in BIG EAST Tourney final vs. Marquette (11/30). • Made NCAA Tournament debut with nine kills, six digs and season-high five blocks vs. Arkansas (12/6). • Added nine kills and 10 digs vs. No. 23 Kansas (12/7).
Bennington High School • Named First Team All-State in Class B as both a junior and senior by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. • As a senior, named First Team All-State (all classes) by the Lincoln Journal Star and Second Team All-State by the Omaha World-Herald. • Had 254 kills, 150 digs and 24 aces as a senior after contributing a school-record 288 kills as a junior for the Badgers. • Also set school records for single-season hitting percentage (.400), aces (83) and in the triple jump (35’1”). • High school teams went 104-29 in four seasons, including three Eastern Midland Conference titles. • Made it to state as both a freshman and a sophomore. • Tabbed the nation’s No. 73 recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. • Earned four volleyball letters, two letters in dance and one in track. • Named 2013 Bennington Athlete of the Year. • Two-time Academic All-Conference in volleyball and once in track and was a member of the National Honor Society. • Coached by Scott Romans and Amanda Balk in high school. • Grew up attending Creighton camps/clinics. • Selected Creighton over Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Virginia and Colorado State. • Cousin of Dani Bird (South Dakota School of Mines volleyball) and former college athletes Brandon Bird (Creighton baseball) and Erik Bird (Nebraska baseball).
Creighton Awards & Honors 2013 BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, 10/14 2013 Shocker Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
More About Jess Full Name: Jessica Marie Bird Birthday: Jan. 12, 1995 Birthplace: Omaha, Neb. Parents: Chris and Pat Bird Sibling: Matt (22) Major: Nursing Career Aspiration: Surgical nurse Nicknames: Bird, J, Birdy Favorite Movie: She’s The Man Favorite Athlete: Jordan Larson Favorite Vacation Spot: Okoboji Why Creighton: The girls, great coaches and an outstanding education Favorite Quote: “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.” (Mia Hamm) Hobbies: Wakeboarding, fishing, dirt biking, shopping Favorite Part About Ryan Center/D.J. Sokol Arena: The two fans...the ones in the stands and the huge one on the ceiling 2014 Summer Job: Working volleyball camps Thoughts on the BIG EAST: It’s a blast getting to travel to all the big cities Best Volleyball Memory: Winning first round of NCAA Tournament Funniest Teammate: Kenzie Crawford Match I’m Most Excited For: All our preseason games this fall Favorite Professor/Class at Creighton: Jean Lilly’s Calculus