Senior earns Academic All-America honors, leads six Academic All-Big Ten picks
Three B1G teams will battle in Lexington
Draymond Green named Alderton Male Athlete of the Year; Laura Heyboer and Caroline Powers named Alderton Female Co-Athletes of the Year.
The Big Ten Medal of Honor is presented to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who has "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work."
A record 294 Spartan student-athletes were honored for cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better.
REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2010): Received MSU's Dr. James Feurig Service and Achievement Award for her dedication, honesty, academic achievement and perseverance during her undergraduate career ... AVCA All-Mideast Region honorable mention ... CoSIDA Academic All-District third team ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team quad-captain ... First-team All-Big Ten honoree ... Selected as one of the Auto-Owners Insurance "Champions in the Classroom" ... Became the 17th Spartan to amass 1,000 kills when she recorded eight against Northwestern (11/26) ... Started in 29 of 30 matches she appeared in ... Named team MVP following the season after moving back into the middle blocker position ... Led the team in hitting percentage with a .340 clip, a mark which ranked 70th nationally and fifth in the conference at the end of the regular season ... Her team-high hitting mark ranks seventh all-time by a Spartan for a single season performance ... Ended the year ranked second on the team in kills with 297 and total blocks with 94 ... Was fifth in service aces with 12 and seventh on the team in digs with 103 ... Was the top offensive force for MSU in the conference with her team-best 213 kills ... Recorded a season-best 20 kills on two separate occasions (vs. Eastern Michigan (9/11) and Nov. 12 at Iowa (11/12)) ... Tallied 15 double-digit kill efforts on the season ... Recorded a season-high 12 digs against Eastern Michigan (9/11) for her lone double-double of the season ... Posted a season-high 44 attacks at Minnesota (11/13) ... Chipped in a season-best three assists against Penn State (11/6) ... Recorded a career-high two solo blocks at home against IUPUI (8/28) ... Named MSU Showcase MVP after posting a weekend total of 20 kills on 33 attacks along with eight total blocks ... Earned Spartan Invitational All-Tournament Team honors after tallying 37 kills on 58 attacks and 16 digs and 10 total blocks during the weekend ... Graduated in December with a degree in marketing.
REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2009): Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Named Clemson Classic MVP ... Started 21 matches while playing in 31 ... Posted 234 kills overall to end the year with a 2.32 kills per set average ... Led the team in its upset win over No. 12 Southern California (8/28) in the opening of the match with her first double-double of the season (17 kills, 11 digs) ... Second double-double (14 kills, 11 digs) of the season came the following night in the final match of the 2009 MSU Showcase when MSU topped North Carolina (8/29) ... Recorded 13 kills and 12 digs for her third double-double in the win vs. Northwestern (10/3) ... A season-best 22 kills were posted in the opening match of the CSU Invitational vs. Syracuse (9/4) ... Tallied 13 kills in the upset win against No. 12 Illinois (10/2) ... Recorded 11 double-digit kills efforts on the season, including 17 in MSU's opening match win over No. 12 Southern California (8/28) and a season-best 22 vs. Syracuse (9/4) ... Tallied a career-best .750 (13-1-16) hitting mark vs. Albany (9/29) ... A career-high five assists came vs. Duquesne (9/11) ... Had three service aces on the year ... Recorded three double-digits dig efforts, including a season-best 12 vs. Northwestern (10/3) ... Finished the season with 118 total digs ... Tied her career-best one solo block on four different occasions ... Posted 49 block assists on the season ... Posted 36 assists on the season ... A season-high six assists came vs. Presbyterian (9/19).
SOPHOMORE (2008): Paced the Spartans with five 20-kill performances in her first 12 matches before medically redshirting for the rest of the season with a knee injury ... Posted 173 kills on 412 attacks while hitting .223 from the left side; despite only playing in 12 matches, her 173 kills still ranked her fourth on the team ... Averaged 3.93 kills per set which led the team and her .223 hitting percentage was good enough for fifth ... Had 20-kill efforts in each of the Spartans' first three matches of the season, earning her a spot on the Nike Sooner Legends Invite All-Tournament Team ... Posted a double-double in each of the first two matches of the season with 20 kills and 18 digs against Oklahoma (8/29) and 24 kills and 13 digs against No. 10 Cal Poly (8/29); her 24 kills were a season- and then career-high ... Also posted 20 kills in the final match of the Nike Sooner Legends Invite against Wichita State (8/30), giving her 64 kills and 37 digs in the three-match tournament ... Posted double-digit kill totals in 10 of her 12 matches ... Tallied 14 kills while hitting a season-best .667 in the Spartans' win over Connecticut (9/13) ... Followed that with back-to-back 20 kill performances against Oakland (9/16) and Central Michigan (9/20) ... Hit .333 in the Spartans' win over Oakland while collecting 20 kills ... Followed that with a double-double at Central Michigan in which she earned 21 kills and 14 digs, marking her third double-double of the season ... Showed versatility by averaging 2.20 digs per set, giving her 97 on the season ... Her season-high 18 digs came in the first match of the season against Oklahoma ... Finished the season with only four service reception errors on 127 attempts, good enough for a .969 service reception percentage ... Accounted for 19.5-percent of the team's total points, despite only playing in 12 matches ... Added 20 total blocks, three of which were solos, and handed out 12 assists.
FRESHMAN (2007): Had one of the best freshman seasons in Michigan State volleyball history ... Appeared in all 35 matches ... Third on the team with 296 kills (2.47 kills per game) and led the squad with 138 total blocks (nine solo, 129 assisted) ... Second on the team with a .279 hitting percentage ... Her kills rank her fifth all-time among MSU freshmen ... Second among Spartan newcomers in both total blocks and block assists (fourth in blocks per game) ... Her 129 block assists are also tied for seventh overall in a single-season ... Also averaged 0.88 digs per game (105 total) ... In Big Ten play, her kills per game average increased to 2.75 ... Was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, after setting a freshman blocks record with 11, all assisted, at Harvard (9/8); also had her first double-double, adding 11 kills, in addition to season-highs in digs (eight) and hitting percentage (.579) ... Had 12 double-digit kill efforts, 11 of which were in conference matches ... Her season high kill mark was 13 at both Wisconsin (11/2) and Minnesota (11/16), and in the NCAA Round of 16 match with Nebraska (12/7) ... Had five total blocks or more in 14 matches ... In MSU's win over Michigan (10/27), had a Big Ten high nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted) ... Had three service aces against Wofford (9/7).
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner in volleyball at Mount Pleasant ... Garnered first team all-state and first team all-league honors ... Earned league MVP award during junior and senior seasons ... Team co-captain during junior and senior campaigns ... Earned Most Valuable Offensive Player accolades at Mount Pleasant during sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Tallied 597 kills, 131 aces, 280 digs, and 74 total blocks during senior season ... Garnered first team all-league honors during sophomore and junior volleyball campaigns ... Helped team to Saginaw Valley League title during junior season ... Garnered Mount Pleasant Dream Team Area Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state accolades during junior season where she tallied 505 kills, 328 digs, and 104 blocks ... Three-year letterwinner in basketball at Mount Pleasant ... Served as team co-captain during senior season, earning first team all-league honors that same year ... Named team most valuable player and garnered first team all-league honors during junior season where she averaged 13.7 points per game ... Named one of the top 100 girls basketball players in the state by the Detroit Free Press during senior season ... Member of the state champion 800 meter relay team during freshman track season ... Also contributed to state runner-up 1600 meter relay team during sophomore year ... Held a 3.98 GPA, and is a National Honor Society member.
CLUB: Played for USA Michigan Redbirds for coach Rob Buck ... Also competed with the Spartan Juniors under the direction of coach Steve May.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jenilee Faith Rathje ... Daughter of John and Lori Rathje ... Father, John, played football at Central Michigan ... Received her bachelors degree in marketing in December 2010 ... Working towards her master's in kinesiology.
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