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#5 Jasmine Norton
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rowlett, Texas
High School: Rowlett
Club: Texas Advantage
Experience: 3 Letters
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Release: 07/01/2011

2011 || Junior
Named to the Preseason All-SEC Team for second time in career...became the 14th player in program history with 1,000 career kills...finished the season No. 6 on Arkansas’ all-time list...earned All-SEC First Team honors for third career all-conference selection...selected to AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention Team...named to COBRA Midsouth All-Region Team and Honorable Mention All-National Team...reached 1,000-kill milestone Sept. 3 against Georgetown at Deacon Invitational...recorded season-high 19 kills and .304 hitting percentage against Hoyas...selected to the West Point Challenge All-Tournament Team...averaged 3.50 kills per set and 2.10 digs per set at West Point event...recorded first double-double of the season with 17 kills and 10 digs against Dartmouth...posted a pair of double-double performances during opening weekend of SEC play at Alabama and Ole Miss...had 11 digs in each of those conference matches...registered third consecutive double-double to open SEC play with 12-dig, 10-kill performance against Mississippi State...had a team-high 16.5 points at No. 13 Florida with 13 kills, four total blocks and a service ace...posted fifth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs at South Carolina...commited just one hitting error and hit a season-high .357 against the Gamecocks...ran double-double streak to three with performances against Auburn and Georgia...had 17 kills and a season-high 16 digs against Auburn...posted first 20-kill effort of the season in five-set match with Georgia...finished the match with 22 kills, 10 digs and four total blocks...named SEC Player of the Week (Oct. 17) following weekend performance...first such accolade for Arkansas since the 2007 season...paced offense with match-high 17 kills in sweep of Ole Miss...reached 1,200 career-kill mark with final kill during Alabama match...had a team-high 12 kills and added seven digs in straight-set win over LSU...paced team’s offense with 12 kills and .304 hitting percentage in victory at Mississippi State...repeated as SEC Player of the Week (Nov. 7) after averaging 6.06 points per set, 5.25 kills per set and 0.62 service aces per set in road matches at Georgia and Auburn...posted season-high effort against the Bulldogs with 27 kills, including 11 putaways in the second set...notched a season-best .464 hitting percentage (14-1-28) in straight-set victory over South Carolina...closed out that home weekend with 24-kill, eight-dig performance against No. 19 Florida...hit .327 against the Gators...equaled season-high effort with 27 kills at No. 16 Kentucky and added 14 digs and four total blocks...in season finale, had 12 kills and eight digs at LSU...third on the team with 10 double-doubles, nine of which came during SEC play.

2010 || Sophomore
In her second season in Cardinal and White, Norton was named to the All-SEC Second Team, matching her conference accolades from the previous season. Before the season even began, she was the only sophomore selected to the All-SEC Preseason Team. She responded as the league's top attacking, leading the SEC with 3.83 kills per set to become the first player in Arkansas volleyball history to lead the conference in that category. During the course of the season, she moved into 14th place on the program's all-time kills list with 947 kills through the first two years of her collegiate career. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Jayhawk Classic (4.08 k/s, .308 hitting percentage) and Middle Tennessee Invitational (62 total kills, .322 hitting percentage). In addition to her kill numbers, Norton also led the Razorbacks with 4.27 points per set, eight double-double efforts and six matches with at least 20 kills. Six of her eight double-doubles came during SEC play, including a 19-kill, 19-dig showing in a road win at South Carolina (Oct. 1). She also had 19 kills and 10 digs in the Razorbacks' five-set tussle with No. 22 Tennessee at Barnhill Arena (Oct. 8). In a season-best performance, Norton posted 29 kills and 22 digs in a five setter against Alabama-Birmingham at the Middle Tennessee Invitational. Both figures are career bests; she also hit .348 against the Blazers in the match. As the Razorbacks' go-to attacker on the outside, she tallied double-digit kills in 26 of the team's 31 matches and had nine matches with at least 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .300 or better. During her sophomore campaign, Norton established career highs with a .692 hitting percentage against Grambling, six service aces against Georgia (Sept. 17) and four total blocks at Oral Roberts. She played in all but two of the Razorbacks' sets during the year. During the spring following her sophomore campaign, Norton attended open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2009 || Freshman
After an outstanding initial season as a Razorback, Norton became the sixth All-American in program history. With her All-America status, she added to her list of post-season honors which included SEC and South Region Freshman of Year, in addition to All-SEC Second Team and All-South Region Honorable Mention accolades. She is the fourth SEC Freshman of the Year in Arkansas volleyball history. Norton is also the first freshman in program history to hear All-America honors. During the course of the regular season, Norton earned six SEC Freshman of the Week honors, the most by any player since the inception of the award in 2005. Overall, she led the team with 4.09 kills per set and 4.68 points per set, the fifth-highest figures among the nation's freshmen. Her season total of 487 kills was the third most in the country by a freshman. Norton elevated her play with a league-best 4.44 kills per set during SEC play. In the first match of her collegiate career, she totaled 23 kills, 17 digs and six service aces on the road against TCU. She had 17 kills in the conference opener against South Carolina (Sept. 18). In back-to-back-to-back matches, Norton tallied at least 20 kills, including a 21-kill performance against Mississippi State (Oct. 11). Beginning with a 19-kill, 13-dig effort against No. 12 Kentucky (Oct. 30), she closed out the season with eight consecutive double-doubles. Norton turned in career-best marks with 29 kills and six total blocks against No. 19 LSU (Nov. 8) and added 17 digs. She posted a .386 hitting percentage against the Tigers, one of 13 matches during the season in which she hit .300 or better. Against Alabama (Nov. 15), Norton tallied 24 kills and a career-high 21 digs in a five-set win over the Crimson Tide. It was one of two 20-20 performances by an SEC player and the only such effort with a kills-dig combination. In addition to her double-double streak to end the season, she closed the year with 16 consecutive double-figure kill totals. Norton finished 2009 with 11 20-kill matches and 14 double-double efforts.

Prior to Arkansas
The Rowlett, Texas, native was an outside hitter for Rowlett High School and the Texas Advantage club team. In high school, Norton earned Newcomer of the Year honors as a freshman and helped the Eagles to three district titles during her four-year prep career. She earned Offensive Player of the Year and MVP accolades during her senior season. In her final year at RHS, Norton was the District 10-5A MVP and earned a spot on the 2009 West All-Star Team. She had six kills, two blocks, three digs and two aces on her way to being named the West MVP. She also aided Texas Advantage to 23rd place at USA Nationals as a sophomore and a third-place showing at the USA Open Nationals as a junior. Norton paced TAV 18 Asics at Nations where the team finished ninth in the open division in 2009.

Personal
Born May 28, 1991, Jasmine Latrice Norton is one of three children to Gregory and Cynthia Norton of Rowlett, Texas. Older brother, Jared, is a middle linebacker for the University of Texas football team, and she has a younger brother, Justin. She is majoring in recreation with an emphasis on sports management at Arkansas.


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