Jennifer Sebastian has made huge improvement throughout the spring season. Her physical training has improved, along with her vertical jump. She will be pushed by the underclassmen, and will not be satisfied to sit on the bench. Sebastian will look to add her name to several record lists during the 2001 season. Her teammates will look to her to provide senior leadership and a positive example.
Playing in all 33 matches and all 127 games during the season, Sebastian put herself at the top of the career attack percentage list with a mark of .252 over her three years. She also ended her junior season at second on all-time blocks (254) and first in career blocks per game (1.22). The 2000 season was productive for her as she set personal career highs for all six categories. She had seven double-digit kill games, including 12 each versus Montana State and Cal State-Fullerton (both on Sept. 16) during the TCU Invitational. Her 11 blocks against San Francisco (Sept. 15) and Nevada (Oct. 28) was also a new career high. Her 127 games played set a new single-season record. Sebastian also tied the single-season record for digs with 3.08 (Erin Vick, 1997, shares the record). She had two more blocks than fellow senior Allison Lynch to set the record for blocks in a season (162), however, Sebastian fell just short of Lynch in season blocks per game (1.28 vs. 1.32, respectively). She finished the season ninth on the WAC?s attack percentage list and fourth in blocks, just behind teammate Allison Lynch. Sebastian was one of five VolleyFrogs to receive WAC All-Academic honors.
Sebastian?s accuracy, kills per game and blocks per game totals rose from her first season, but her playing time per match actually diminished. With three talented middles fighting for playing time, Sebastian fell victim to a late season maturation of freshman Katie Kieffer. However Sebastian was called on many times over the duration of the season. Sebastian, who played in 24 matches, but only 55 games, had moments of brilliance. In a three-game loss to Fresno State on Nov. 19, she played the duration of the match with 10 kills in 19 attempts. Dependence on Sebastian early in the season was evident as she set season highs with 11 kills and 20 attacks in a five-game loss to Portland State on Sept. 4
Sebastian led TCU in blocks-per-game with a 0.78 total. Her 42 total blocks was fourth on the team despite playing in only 16 of TCU?s 30 matches and 54 of 110 total games. Her five solo blocks tied for the team lead. Sebastian didn?t make her TCU debut until the eighth match of the season, appearing in one game in a 0-3 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 12. Sebastian saw limited action until the 17th match of the season, a 1-3 loss to Colorado State on Oct. 9. She played in all four games with six kills and three blocks. Sebastian recorded seven kills in a five-game loss at UNLV on Oct. 17. On Oct. 23, Sebastian tallied eight kills in a 3-1 win over Tulsa. The following night, Sebastian blocked six Rice attempts in a three-game loss to the Owls on Oct. 24.
A four-year letterwinner at Durant High School, Sebastian was named to the second team All-Conference teams in both 1995 and 1996; she was named honorable mention All-County in 1997. Before transferring to Durant, Sebastian was the team MVP in 1995 for Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech. In 1996, Sebastian helped Durant to a state championship match appearance. She played club volleyball for Tampa Bay Juniors.
Jennifer Lynn Sebastian was born on January 30, 1980. Sebastian is a pre-med major and wants to become a pediatrician.