Jamestown Community College volleyball star Jenna Caskey signs letter of intent with West Liberty University
JAMESTOWN — Jenna Caskey, a member of Jamestown Community College’s volleyball team, has signed a National Letter of Intent to further her academic and athletic pursuits at West Liberty University.
Caskey, a Sinclairville native, had pictured herself moving on to the ranks of the NCAA and competing at a high level.
“Competing in the NCAA has always been a dream of mine,” said Caskey. “In my freshman season at JCC, I set a goal for myself that I would transfer and play at a high level. I couldn’t see myself settling for less.”
“I am incredibly proud of what Jenna did as a Jayhawk,” said JCC volleyball head coach Ashley Lund. “Her hard work and dedication put her in the right circumstances to get recognized. She knew what she wanted from the beginning. I was here to help her grow and to get her where she wanted to go.”
It is no surprise that Caskey will take her talents to the next level. In two years donning the Jayhawk green and yellow, Caskey, an outside hitter, played in 69 career matches, accumulating 773 kills, 772 digs, and 81 total blocks.
During her sophomore season, Caskey was named Region III player of the week twice and helped the Jayhawks to a 23-4 regular season record and a 30-7 record overall. Caskey was also recognized by the conference, being selected to the All-WNYAC team and as the All-WNYAC Player of the Year. Outside of the conference, Caskey was recognized by the NJCAA Region III, making first team all-region, Region III player of the year, and Region III tournament most valuable player.
Caskey helped the Jayhawks win the Region III tournament for the third year in a row, earning a berth into the national tournament in as many years. At the national tournament, Caskey and the Jayhawks finished seventh in the country for the third year in a row as well. Caskey’s play at the national tournament earned her a spot on the all-tournament team as one of two players from Region III to be selected. To cap off her career, Caskey was named to the NJCAA DIII all-America first team.
When deciding where she wanted to continue her academic and athletic pursuits, West Liberty was at the top of a short list. “My visit to West Liberty was everything I could have imagined,” said Caskey. “I came home on a high. Even my grandma was sold (she took me on the visit).”
West Liberty University is a member of the Mountain East Conference in the NCAA Division II ranks, located in West Liberty, WV. WLU finished the 2019 season with a record of 17-15 and a conference record of 9-7. In the conference tournament, the Hilltoppers fell to Davis & Elkins in four sets.
“The campus, coaches, and team at West Liberty left a great impression on me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said Caskey.
Caskey will look to make a big impact upon her arrival. The Hilltoppers are graduating six seniors, four of whom are outside hitters.
“I am glad to see her go to a place that she truly feels comfortable, where she will be able to be a factor from the beginning, and to watch as she continues to do great things for the next program,” said Lund.