Former Schaller-Crestland volleyball standout Jenna Malcom made her mark in the Big East Conference this season.
Malcom, an all-state player for the Wildcats during her senior year and a standout prep basketball player as well, earned a starting spot as a freshman on the 2004 Syracuse University volleyball team.
As a middle blocker, she helped lead the Orange to a 25-7 mark this fall and a berth in the Big East championship tournament, where Pittsburgh eliminated it 3-0 from further post-season play.
During the season, Malcom was named Big East Rookie of the Week two times, including on Oct. 25 and most recently, on Nov. 15.
During the latter week, the 6-foot Malcom, the daughter of Richard and Karen Malcom of Schaller, guided the Orange to a 1-1 record.
She recorded ten kills and hit .600 in SU's 3-0 sweep of West Virginia. She tallied a season-high 14 kills and eight blocks in a 3-2 loss to Big East finalist Pittsburgh. Malcom averaged 3 kills, 1.62 blocks and hit .393 for the week.
This season, the Syracuse volleyball team finished 8-2 in the Big East Conference and in third place. This was the first time since 1999 that the Orange qualified for the Big East championship, which includes the top four finishers in the regular season race.
After losing its Big East Conference opener 3-0 to Notre Dame, the Orange reeled off eight straight conference wins before losing their league finale to Pittsburgh.
During the season, Malcom finished with 191 kills in 96 games, an average of two kills per game. She served 21 aces during the season, serving 90 percent.
She was also a force at the net in blocking, her specialty, particularly earlier in the season.
In 2004, Malcom was Syracuse's No. 1 blocker, finishing with 126 total blocks. She had 28 solo blocks and 98 assisted blocks and averaged a team-high 1.31 blocks per game.