Shaylen Jackson is in her third year with the Michigan State volleyball program after becoming one of the most well-recognized volleyball players in Western Michigan program history after playing under Cathy George for three seasons.
Jackson's second season saw Alexis Mathews propel onto the scene with a record-breaking freshman campaign. Mathews led all Spartans with 127 blocks on the year, the fourth-best mark recorded by a freshman in school history, for a 1.27 blocks per set average, the third most in program history by a freshman.
In her first year with MSU, Jackson worked primarily with the middle blockers. Jackson assisted in the development of Mathews over the course of her red-shirt season and during the spring.
A 2007 graduate, Jackson holds the Western Michigan program records in solo blocks in a five-set match (7), block assists in a five-set match (15), career total blocks (563), and career blocks per game (1.25).
As a 6-1 middle blocker, Jackson helped the Broncos finish third or better in the MAC West in each of her four years with the program, highlighted by an 11-5 mark during her junior and senior seasons. During her senior season, Jackson posted a hitting percentage of .373, which still stands as the best single-season hitting percentage in school history. During her career, Jackson received All-MAC accolades in each of her four seasons, highlighted by All-MAC First Team honors in 2004 and 2005. Jackson was also named All-MAC honorable mention in 2003 and was named to the league's All-Freshman team in 2002.
In addition to her All-MAC honors in 2005, Jackson was also an AVCA All-Region honorable mention selection that year, helping the Broncos to a 20-9 mark, their highest win total at the time since 2000. She was also an AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region selection in 2003. Jackson ended her career fifth on WMU's kills list with 1,257. Jackson also holds the MAC single-match record with a 1.000 hitting percentage on 11 successful attempts becoming the first MAC player ever to achieve that goal based on 10 or more attempts.
Upon her graduation, Jackson worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Western Michigan and was responsible for leadership development, discipleship, and small group training. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an evangelical campus mission that serves more than 32,000 students and faculty on more than 550 college and university campuses nationwide.
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