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#13 MacKenzie Kleespies
Position: Defensive Specialist/Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lincoln University, Pa.
High School: Avon Grove
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As a sophomore:

  • Started all 28 matches and appeared in all 111 sets for JMU at both outside hitter and libero
  • Led the team and was fourth in the CAA with 443 digs
  • Was the only player in the conference to amass 400+ digs and 100+ kills
  • 443 digs is the sixth-highest total for a single-season by a Duke and 3.99 digs per set was the fifth-highest average in school history
  • Had a career-high 19 kills in season-opener against Montana
  • Had a career-high 25 digs three times during the season

 As a freshman:

  • CAA Rookie of the Week (Oct. 22)
  • Recorded careerh-high eight blocks against VIrginia
  • Recorded career-high 17 kills against William & Mary
  • Finished fourth on the team in digs with 266
  • Recorded double-digit digs in 13 matches, including season-high 23 against Bethune-Cookman
  • Appeared in 28 matches, starting 16 of them
  • Made her collegiate debut as a sub against Appalachian State

Before JMU:

  • PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American Special Mention
  • PrepVolleyball.com First Team Dandy Lion as part of Defensive Dandies series
  • First Team All-State while collecting 738 kills and 564 digs in 110 games in 2011
  • AAU All-American honors and All-Tournament recognitions at the USA Girls National tournament
Seasonsp-mpkk/setapctaa/ssasa/sse
2012 99-28 138 1.39 57 452 .179 31 0.31 10 0.10 25
2013 111-28 139 1.25 65 514 .144 86 0.77 19 0.17 10
TOTAL 210-56 277 1.32 122 966 .160 117 0.56 29 0.14 35
 
Seasondigd/srebsbatbb/sbebhepointspts/s
2012 266 2.69 19 4 40 44 0.44 7 2 172.0 1.74
2013 443 3.99 25 0 18 18 0.16 5 2 167.0 1.50
TOTAL 709 3.38 44 4 58 62 0.30 12 4 339.0 1.61


What do you love most about JMU?
The people. Everyone here is so friendly and nice, it’s a great atmosphere!

What is your major/minor?
Major: Media Arts and Design with a minor in Art History


What is your favorite …
Food:
Ice cream
Movie
The Lord of the Rings
TV Show:
Friends
Song:
Holding on to You by Twenty One Pilots
Athlete:
Bethany Hamilton
Holiday:
Christmas

What are your favorite hobbies away from volleyball?
Hanging out with friends and sleeping


What is your favorite memory of JMU volleyball?
Traveling to California to play was a great experience.


What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Hakuna matata

What is one thing everyone at JMU should do before graduating?
Come to a volleyball game!

What is your dream vacation location?
The Maldives

If not volleyball, what other sport would you want to play at JMU?
Swimming


If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be?
Johnny Depp, Brendon Urie, and Leonardo DiCaprio