Tribune-Herald Athlete of the Week: UH-Hilo’s Ashton Jessee

  • RICK OGATA photo Ashton Jessee's best defense usually comes when she's blocking balls, but she can also dig them.
Ashton Jessee • volleyball
UH-Hilo interim volleyball coach Chris Leonard mentioned Jessee as a name to watch in regard to Pacific West Conference postseason selections, and the middle blocker certainly got her junior campaign off to a strong start.

The 6-foot-3 Alaska native notched a league-best 17 blocks in the Vulcans’ 3-1 start last weekend, and she also posted 28 kills, a .377 attack percentage and eight aces. Her best match came Saturday in a win against West Virginia State – Jessee went for 10 kills (.529 hitting), nine blocks and four aces.

5 questions


Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite food: Chicken

Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols


Favorite thing about volleyball: How much of a team aspect there is. Not one person can carry the team like most other sports. It takes every person on a team to win a game.

Favorite spot on the Big Island: Honolii

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