Considered to be one of the most important and valuable players on the team because of her ability, readiness and determination to lead the team at a moments notice...Will perpetuate a high level of performance by the team regardless of if she is the starting setter or coming off the bench...Is a vocal leader and risk taker who loves to run the quick sets...Can also spur the team's momentum with her aggressive and consistent serve...Is fearless on defense, will go all out and sacrifice the body to keep the ball in play...Is one of the most respected and admired players on the team because of her attitude, work ethic, and dedication to the team, as well as her approach to volleyball and competition.
AVSR Player of the Week (Oct. 6)
Texas A&M Most Inspirational Player
Texas A&M Most Improved Player
2008 - Junior
Played in 56 sets in 22 matches...Drew her first of six match starts against Missouri on Oct. 4 after starting setter Kristen Schevikhoven suffered an ankle injury at Colorado in the previous match...Making only her first start since the opening match of the 2007 season, responded with 46 assists and directed the A&M offense to a .257 to .154 hitting advantage while also collecting a then career-high 13 digs and career-tying four kills as the Aggies defeated the Tigers in five sets...Was named Player of the Week by American Volleyball Scouting Report following her performance against Missouri and continued to lead the Aggies on a three-match winning streak...Voted Most Inspirational Player by her teammates.
2007 - Sophomore
Saw limited action but played a crucial role as A&M's top back-up setter in a 5-1 offensive scheme...
Started one match and played in 13 matches and 19 games overall...Averaged 5.37 assists per game...Posted a career-high 5.5 points in the season opener against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, recording four kills and no errors in five attempts and also a block in two games.
2006 - Freshman
Was the starting setter in three matches and appeared in 11 matches and 28 games overall...Averaged 6.18 assists per game...Drew her first career start against Kansas (Oct. 21) in place of an injured Courtnee Rhodes and led A&M to its first three-game Big 12 victory of the season, which snapped the team's two-match losing streak...Tallied a career-high 53 assists against Colorado on Oct. 25...Demonstrated tremendous progress throughout the season and was honored with the team's Most Improved Player award.
Played three years at Stefana Zeromskiego high school...Was named the team's best player and the best setter in the all-school tournament as a sophomore...Repeated as the team's best player her junior year and was named the school player of the year as a senior...Most memorable moment in athletics is entrance into the Second League in 2006...Also competed in basketball and handball...Played club volleyball for BKS Stal Bielsko-Biala since 1999...Coached by Zbigniew Krzyzanowski, the team took first place Third League in 2006 to earn entrance into Second League.
Jolanta Kelner is the daughter of Andrzej and Stanislawa Kelner...Has an older sister, Monika, who has played volleyball for AWF Krakow in Poland for four years...Jola is the first person in her family to leave Poland and attend college on another continent...Her first plane ride was to the United States...Played piano for five years before she began playing volleyball at the age of 12...Chose to play volleyball for A&M "because Laurie Corbelli is the greatest coach I've ever met"...Most exciting moment in A&M volleyball career is "my first time on the court"...Hobbies include cooking, road trips and watching movies... ...Participated in A&M's The Big Event, the largest one-day collegiate community service project in the nation...Is a Texas A&M/Verizon Scholar Athlete...Majoring in allied health, is scheduled to graduate in August 2010...Career ambition is to be a professional volleyball player...Born July 29, 1987, in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: my parents
One word to describe this year's team: determined
The part of the game of volleyball that I like the most: setting, you get to trick the middle so she doesn't know where to go, you have the power to choose who will get the next ball.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: be optimistic every day in your life
The A&M volleyball player who will surprise people the most this year: Chelsea
Of all reality/game shows, I would most like to participate in: some sort of a cooking show
If I could live anywhere in the world for a year and money is no object, I would live: in Bora Bora
Favorite class at Texas A&M: Nutrition
Favorite movie: Any comedy
After I graduate, I plan to: go back to Europe and play pro