During any one of the Lady Crusaders’ volleyball games or practices, there is always one woman who stands out. She is easily recognized by her white uniform and unique leadership skills that direct the team toward fun and victory. Her name is Jessie Koster.
Koster, currently a senior at the University of Dallas, comes from Sherwood, Ore. where she attended Sherwood High School before coming to UD. This is her fourth year on the Lady Crusader volleyball team and her success is widely known.
“I play volleyball because I love it,” Koster said during an electronic interview. “It sounds cliché, but it’s been a huge part of my life for so long that I can’t imagine not playing.”
Koster’s love for the game is apparent, especially to those who catch a glimpse of the unique handshakes she shares with seven of the returning members on the team. It boosts morale both on the court and in the stands.
“She is what coaches would call ‘the full package,’ ” head coach Prentice Lewis said. “Many liberoes can either pass or dig but Jess [Koster] does both very well. Not to mention that she also is a great server.”
Anyone attending the tournament at UD this past weekend saw all of Koster’s miracle digs. The crowd went absolutely wild as she repeatedly demonstrated almost inhuman skill, saving volley after volley.
Koster’s determination and effort have paid off; she holds both school and league records. For the school, Koster has set the records for total career digs, career digs per game, digs per game in a season and total digs in a season.
Her league records include: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) all-time digs per game, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III leader in digs per game (in 2015 and 2016) and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) total digs leader for the 2015 season.
Throughout Koster’s college career, her coaches have always praised her.
“She’s an amazing player and works hard all the time,” Prentice said.
However, Koster is just like the rest of the students attending UD in that she has her own ambitions, which she is pursuing as a biology major and business minor.
“My future ambitions are to finish classes this December and then go on to dental school to become a pediatric dentist,” Koster said.
Throughout the rest of her senior season, Koster will surely continue to exceed all expectations and bring great success to UD, as she has done for four consecutive years.