Missouri State field hockey juniors Holly Scherer and Kimberleigh Eng repeat as 2014 Division I Scholars of Distinction while Jessi Pope earns her third consecutive honor from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association
Jessi Pope set the tone on the backline in a 4-1 win over Saint Louis and spoke to Bears All-Access about the effort
Awards/Honors 2014: NFHCA Scholar of Distinction ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... MAC Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-MAC Team ...Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Fall) 2013: NFHCA Scholar of Distinction ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2012: NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll
2014 Season (Junior) Consistent presence on defense that played and started in each of the Bears' 18 games ... Averaged 60.9 minuters per game of playing time (fifth highest on team) ... Totaled over 1,000 minutes played during season ... Drew only one green card on the back-line for the Bears ... Earned her lone point of 2014 with an assist on MSU's first goal of the season on Sept. 1 at Villanova ... Took 31 corner opportunities, second most on the team ... Made a defensive save in the first game of the season at Monmouth on Aug. 29
2013 Season (Sophomore) Started four times for the Bears as a sophomore ... Appeared in 14 contests overall.
2012 Season (Freshman) Appeared in 15 games and recorded eight starts for the Bears during her freshman season.
Background Pope started four years for Brooke Point High School as a defender and midfielder ... As a senior, helped lead the Blackhawks to an 11-7 record en route to a fourth-place conference finish ... Also lettered for two years in tennis.
Personal Jessi Lynn Pope was born February 3, 1994 in Woodbridge, Va. ... Daughter of Robert and Mary Pope ... Majoring in psychology ... Has a brother, Darren ... Plans to be a clinical psychologist.