Rainelle Jones, who will be a senior for the Terrapins, grew up in Oxon Hill, about 17 miles from the University of Maryland campus.

Last season, the 6-foot-3 middle blocker led the way as Maryland become the best blocking team in the Big Ten. Jones had at least two blocks in each of Maryland’s 20 matches.

In our conversation, Jones talked about her mentality of “making sure that nothing crosses the net,” what Jones learned about herself from filming Maryland’s HOME series, and why growing up in the DMV instilled competitiveness at an early age. She comes from athletic roots: Her father played basketball at Maryland, her mom played in college in Canada, and both played professionally.

And, of course, we ask for her favorite places to eat around Maryland’s campus.


We are interviewing one player from each of the 14 Big Ten programs before the start of the season. Previously on B1G Volleyball Thursday, we talked to Ohio State’s Emily LondotPurdue’s Taylor Trammell, Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke. Penn State’s Gabby Blossom, Indiana’s Brooke Westbeld, and Michigan’s Jess Mruzik.

VolleyballMag.com contributor Emily Ehman is a former Northwestern libero, lived in the bubble in Dallas and covered the inaugural Athletes Unlimited volleyball this spring, and does analysis on Big Ten volleyball broadcasts. Follow her on Twitter @emilyehman and Instagram @emilyehman
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