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Jill Palen
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rochester, Minn.
High School: Lourdes
Experience: 2 Years
Jill Palen
Courtesy: A.P.
Release: 07/18/2006

Senior (2006-07): Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll ... ISU Scholar-Athlete ... recipient of team’s MVP award ... voted best attitude by teammates ... saw action at the No. 1 singles slot ... won six of her first nine matches, finishing 6-14 overall ... partnered with Caitlin Loprinzi at the No. 2 doubles slot ... captured six of their first eight matches ... tallied an overall 6-14 record.

Junior (2005-06): ITA Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... ISU Scholar-Athlete ... 2005-06 All-Around Academic Achievement Award winner ... Cyclone Nation honored Palen as athlete of the month (Nov. 05) ... selected by teammates as most valuable player ... played at No. 1 singles and doubles all year ... started fall tournament 5-0, defeating Big 12 players from Nebraska and Missouri ... finished the season 8-20 overall, 3-2 against nonconference opponents ... partnered with Eve Soriano in doubles, finishing 11-17 overall, going 7-5 in fall action ... the duo defeated three difference doubles teams from Missouri and one from Colorado.

Sophomore (2004-05): ITA Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... voted by teammates as the 2004-05 All-Around Academic Achievement Award winner ... ISU Scholar-Athlete ... selected by teammates as most valuable player ... recipient of the team's Sharon Mathes Mental Toughness Award ... played at No. 1 singles spot all season ... captured five singles wins in fall tournament action (5-10) ... defeated nationally ranked Katka Sevcikova of Missouri and nationally ranked Irina Lykina of Oklahoma ... won eight singles matches (8-24) ... allied with Caitlin Loprinzi to capture six doubles matches in fall tournament action (6-5) ... filled No. 1 doubles slot combined with partners Loprinzi and Elizabeth Chermel during spring season ... finished with eight doubles victories (8-20).

Freshman (2003-04): ITA Scholar-Athlete ... ISU Scholar-Athlete ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... co-recipient of the team's Sharon Mathes Mental Toughness Award ... filled the No. 3 singles slot all season ... triumphant over Marla Menne of Gustavus Adolphus 6-2, 6-1 in her first match as a Cyclone ... finished the season 9-21 overall, 4-3 against non-conference opponents ... defeated both Meredith Esbeck of Northern Iowa and Rebekah Thomas of Drake twice ... earned a Big 12 win against Texas Tech's Tara Browning ... teamed with Charlotte Ljungkrantz in the No. 3 doubles spot, finishing 9-16 overall, including three consecutive wins in both September and March.

Before ISU: Earned six letters and received all-conference honors for six-straight years ... Minnesota state team champions six years in a row ... ranked third in sectional 18s and first in state 16s ... state singles runner-up in 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1999 ... placed third in 1998 state championships as an eighth grader ... competed in 2002 Fed-Cup, 2002 Clay Court Championships and 2002 Hard Court Championships ... participated in 2002 Easter Bowl Tournament ... coached by Kevin Rust ... member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Born Feb. 19, 1985 in Waterloo, Iowa ... daughter of Stephen and Kathryn Palen ... sister Lyndsey (22) plays tennis for Gustavus Adolphus College ... has three other siblings: Adam (24), Alyssa (17) and Alexa (15) ... exercise and sport science major with an emphasis on physical therapy.

 

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