With the Liberty field hockey team getting ready for the 2016 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship this week, LibertyFlames.com spotlights Kendra Jones in its field hockey focus series.
Jones is a freshman forward from Mohnton, Pa, and is majoring in elementary education. She has started in all 16 contests for the Lady Flames in 2016, scoring six goals (tied for third on the team) to go along with one assist. Jones has two game-winning goals, including the winner in a 2-1 overtime win at No. 20 American on Oct. 6.
On Oct. 10, Jones was tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
Tell us your recruiting story and how you came to Liberty. Jones: I started off not wanting to go to college at all, but then God led me down a different path, not just in education but field hockey as well. I was so confused as to where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life; it took me a while to make a decision. I decided that Liberty was the place for me; it was the best fit not just because of the team, but because of God's presence throughout the entire school.
What has been your favorite class so far, and why? Jones: So far, my favorite class has been Evangelism 101 because I have learned so much about my own faith. It pushes me to do things that I wouldn't normally do.
What has been the biggest difference between college field hockey and high school field hockey? Jones: The biggest difference between college field hockey and high school field hockey is the team's goal. Since I went to a public school, God was never a huge aspect for the team. I prayed with the team before every game, but that's all it ever was. However, in college, our main focus is to glorify God both on and off the field.
What do your parents do for work? Do you have siblings? If so, how old are they and where are they in school? Jones: My dad has his own business as an auctioneer, and my mom is a homemaker. I have two brothers. Cooper is 20 years old and works as an excavator. Jared is 15 and a sophomore in high school.
What has been your impression of competing in the BIG EAST Conference in your first year, as well as against several of the top schools in the nation? Jones: Competing in the BIG EAST Conference as a freshman has been a fantastic opportunity. It is not every day that someone gets the chance to play the top schools in the nation, so it is a real privilege. I am so thankful for the opportunity to compete within this conference.
Is your hometown of Mohnton, Pa., known for anything in particular? Jones: My hometown is not known for anything in particular except that the orchard I live close to makes the best apple cider you will ever taste.
What is your favorite place on Liberty's campus or surrounding area and why? Jones: I think my favorite place on campus is the field hockey field as well as the facility because it is where I forget about school and anything that is a stress to me. It is where I get to play the game that I love.
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