Troy High senior Jessica Robinson returns a serve during a match against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek earlier this season. Robinson has committed to play for the University of Michigan.

Troy High senior Jessica Robinson returns a serve during a match against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek earlier this season. Robinson has committed to play for the University of Michigan.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Troy High volleyball player has earned chance to play for U of M

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published October 2, 2018

 Troy High senior Jessica Robinson is pictured celebrating earlier this year. Robinson is a “Miss Volleyball” finalist.

Troy High senior Jessica Robinson is pictured celebrating earlier this year. Robinson is a “Miss Volleyball” finalist.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — Last year, Troy High senior Jessica Robinson was in Ann Arbor at a University of Michigan football game.

She was “decked out” in maize and blue and, like thousands of others, cheering on the Wolverines.

Robinson looked around, took in the atmosphere, and thought about her own potential future.

Although most were at the “Big House” as Michigan fans, her perspective was a different one.

As a sophomore, Robinson had verbally committed to play volleyball for the Wolverines.

Come next year, instead of being a mere spectator, she is slated to be a part of U of M athletics.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity,” Robinson said. “It’s a place that I want to be. … I get to be with my friends playing the best sport ever in the city that I love.”

Robinson is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter for Troy, and has played as a middle hitter and right side hitter for the Legacy Volleyball Club.

Aside from her role as a team captain for the third consecutive year, Robinson’s accolades have included being an All-State honoree in each of her first three seasons at Troy, being ranked No. 8 in the country on prepvolleyball.com’s list of “Senior Aces” for the Class of 2019, and being ranked as the No. 1 player in her class among Michigan high school players on prepdig.com.

To top it off, Robinson is one of 10 finalists for Michigan’s “Miss Volleyball” this year.

She has achieved all that while still maintaining academic success, which includes being a Troy Scholar-Athlete award recipient in each of the last three years.

Like so many others who have succeeded at a high level, the decisions Robinson has made have helped her achieve uncommon things.

There are a lot of activities that can occupy the time of a teenager, but much of hers has been spent trying to make herself a better volleyball player, even when it has sometimes come at the expense of having fun with her friends.

“My friends will be like, ‘Oh, let’s go out on Saturday night,’ and I’ll have a tournament that day,” Robinson said. “Decisions like that make me a good player. … I’ll have my fun later in life. Right now, I need to focus on getting better.”

Robinson’s mom, Leslie, attended U of M as a student. And although she said she tried “really hard not to sway her,” the decision her daughter made went over well.

“I wanted it to be her own decision,” Leslie Robinson said. “But when she decided that she wanted to don the maize and blue, of course I was super excited. … I have plenty of Michigan gear already in the closet, so that’s an easy one. Glad it’s Big Ten, because we can travel to most of those games and support her.”

Jessica Robinson’s development during her time at Troy has put her in a strong position to be more than just a good volleyball player for Michigan.

“Troy has taught me a lot about being whatever your team needs you to be,” she said. “When I came in, I never wanted to be a captain, I never wanted to take charge, and I never wanted to play a different position. … And so it taught me if your team needs an outside hitter, you become that person. If your team needs a captain, you learn how to be a leader. It really taught me how to, like, just be there for my team, be there for my friends, be whatever your coach needs you to be.”

For all that may await her at U of M, there is still an opportunity for Robinson to make her senior season at Troy a special one.

Last year, Troy won a Class A district championship before losing to Clarkston High in a regional semifinal.

Robinson has an even loftier aspiration for the Colts’ postseason chances this year.

“I think Troy can make it really far in regionals,” she said. “I think we have a shot to win it. I think my team can do it.”

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