After a stellar high school career, Jennings signed with the
University of Texas.
Jennings is adjusting to the Austin lifestyle just fine. The
Newport Harbor alumna is a sophomore libero and defensive specialist
for the No. 19-ranked University of Texas volleyball team.
The former Sailor has been a major contributor to the Longhorns'
success. Jennings has played in every match this year and is leading
the team in digs. She is also tied for second with 11 service aces.
"It has been awesome playing for a team like Texas," Jennings
The crowd support the volleyball team gets in Austin has been
overwhelming to Jennings. Last year, Texas averaged 1,868 fans for
its 18 home matches.
"It was a surprise," Jennings said. "I knew volleyball was big in
California, but they really support us here in Austin. We have a
group of students called the hell-raisers. They wear face paint, go
crazy for us, and make it hard for our visitors."
In Jennings' freshman year, the Longhorns had a 26-5 record, won
the Big 12 Conference championship and made it to the Sweet 16 of the
Jennings started all of the matches. Just as she is this year, she
led the team in digs (370) and was second in service aces (42).
"It was a cool experience," she said. "We put a lot of work in
during the preseason, so it's an honor to play for the Longhorns. The
team really helps each other out; it's like part of my family here."
This year, Jennings reunited with a former Sailor teammate, as the
Longhorns welcomed 2005 Newport Harbor graduate, Kiley Hall.
"It's really cool for her to be up here," Jenning said. "I've
known here since I was 7, and it seems we have played together
The Texas sophomore credits Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn for
much of her success.
"He taught me a lot about volleyball, but so much more outside of
volleyball," Jennings said. "He taught me how to solve problems and
prioritize my life. It's funny, but one major thing he taught me was
punctuality. To this day, I never let myself be late for anything."
Jennings said she has adjusted well to her new city.
"Austin is so much fun," she said. "There is a lot to do here, and
I know that sounds funny coming from someone who grew up in Southern