14th Oct2011

Jessica Barnes – Delaware State University

by Staff

C/O 2012

Major: Hospitality and Tourism

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside Hitter

Jersey Number: 4

 “In order to be a successful volleyball player, one should increase their vertical [leap] and have good ball control skills.”



Why did you choose Delaware State University?

To play volleyball on a full-ride scholarship and because of the location of the school

DSU is located in Dover, Delaware – Image Courtesy of BlackCollegeTV


What sports did you play in high school? Did they carry over to college?

I played volleyball and ran track in high school. Yes, volleyball carried over to college.


Have you ever been cut from a squad? If so, how did you handle it and bounce back?

Yes, I have been cut from a squad before and I handled it because I’m a go-getter.


What is the biggest game on your campus that everybody attends?

The biggest volleyball game our campus that everyone attends is the DSU vs. UMES game.


What kind of workout regime do you have?

We practice six days a week and lift weights twice a week.

Weight Lifter Stephanie Skater – Video courtesy of fitsk8chick

Weight Lifter Lakitta Johnson – Video credit to Ocala


What is some of the advice the coaches always give you?

My coaches always tell me that I need to show more aggression and demand more from my teammates.


How do you balance sports and your education?

I balance sports and my education by being very organized and making sure I complete all tasks on my “list.” It helps to have good time management skills.


What sports tips do you have for those in your sport?

In order to be a successful volleyball player, one should increase their vertical [leap] and have good ball control skills.


We have often heard of people using lists to prioritize their daily tasks. It must work given that you are about to graduate and you are still playing volleyball. Jessica we really appreciate you giving insight into the life of a student-athlete and we hope that some day you own your own hotel or resort chain (given your major). Thank you for your hard work and pursuing a collegiate career at such a great learning institution. (*headshot photo credited to Mike Baker)


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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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