When she was playing for the Schaller-Crestland Wildcats, Jen Malcom dominated area athletes in four different sports. Now that she's focused on just one, Malcom is one of the most dominant volleyball players in the nation, and the numbers prove it.
Through this weekend's action, the Schaller native has racked up 136 kills and is ranked eighth in the nation with her .431 hitting percentage. On the defensive end she has collected 65 blocks to average 1.41 a game, good enough for twelfth in the country.
"I think we saw signs of it in the spring that she was really becoming a go-to player for us," said Iowa State head volleyball coach Christy Johnson. "But I don't think I would've guessed that she would've hit this high through the first couple weeks."
Malcom choose to begin her volleyball career at Syracuse where she got her collegiate career off to an impressive start and was amongst the Big East leaders in blocks as just a sophomore before opting to head back to Iowa.
"I actually had a coach come up to me and just comment on how fast her feet were," said Johnson. "He had his middles come to watch her feet and how she moved. When she comes back to attack, the blockers just don't know where she is going to attack from"
Over the weekend, Malcom and the Cyclones took on Kansas. The senior tied a career-high with 18 kills while hitting .548 and recording a solo block and seven block assists in the Cyclones' loss. They are currently 9-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Big 12.
The Cyclones have a tough week ahead of them as they head to Austin, Texas on Wednesday to take on the third-ranked Longhorns.
Saturday the Cyclones will play host to the second-ranked team, Nebraska. Malcom and the Cyclones are currently ranked 34th.