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Jenna Tjossem shines for Connecticut College

Special to the DailyJenna Tjossem, Battle Mountain Class of 2005, is flourishing as a tri-captain on Connecticut College's volleyball team and also excelling in the class room.

NEW LONDON, Conn. ” Jenna Tjossem, a 2005 graduate of Battle Mountain and resident of Vail, is serving as a team tri-captain and leader for the Connecticut College volleyball team.

Tjossem and her classmates and fellow captains Caitlin Tomaska and Emma Matthieson have helped reshape the program, putting together a 65-33 record in their careers. The Camels have posted back-to-back 20 win seasons that have culminated with consecutive appearances in the semifinal round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament.

Playing in the middle of the Connecticut College front line, Tjossem has piled up some impressive career numbers. She has buried 715 kills to go along with 239 blocks and 215 digs. Tjossem has enjoyed her experience both on and off the court at the highly competitive liberal arts college.

“Volleyball has been a very rewarding part of my life here at Connecticut College,” Tjossem said. “The volleyball program has made immense progress in the last four years and I am so proud to be a part of the group that made it happen. Our team is a tight-knit bunch of girls who love working hard and playing together. The pressure of academics has mounted at times but volleyball has always been there to balance my life and keep me grounded.”

Tjossem has also achieved off the court. As a high honors student, Tjossem was honored by the biology department as the outstanding junior scholar. She serves as a peer mentor, tutoring and assisting other students who are enrolling in introductory biology classes.

Tjossem participated in the Paramedic Internship program in her sophomore year and has served as the student coordinator of the program since the fall of 2007.

Head coach Josh Edmed has been impressed with Tjossem’s maturity and development in the Connecticut College program.

“Jenna is a player fully committed to the team in every way,” Edmed said. “She works extremely hard on the court and is always searching for that way to be the best she can be. She holds herself to a very high standard and expects the best from herself with every repetition in practice and with every play in matches.”

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