Northland Pines’ senior Jacqueline Smith signed her intent recently which made her an official part of the Northern Michigan University (NMU) women’s volleyball team. —STAFF PHOTO
Northland Pines’ senior Jacqueline Smith signed her intent recently which made her an official part of the Northern Michigan University (NMU) women’s volleyball team. —STAFF PHOTO
Northland Pines senior Jacqueline Smith recently made her collegiate athletic plans official, signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball as a member of the Northern Michigan University team in Marquette.

Smith will follow her older sister, Lexi, who for the last two seasons was a member of the Wildcats women’s basketball team, as well as her older brother, Sam, who also is enrolled there.

Head women’s volleyball coach Michael Lozier said he’s excited for the future of the program with Smith as a part of it.

“I could not be happier to add Jacqueline to our program,” he said. “Not only is she an incredible athlete, but a tremendous student with a great family. As a player she no doubt has the skill set that can not only compete, but thrive at this level, and we hope that she will produce for us as a freshman.”

The Wildcats have twice been crowned NCAA Division 2 champions and have made a total of 16 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

After going 13-16 overall last year, Lozier said Smith will jump right in and contribute.

“Jacqueline has the potential to do some fantastic things for this program during her career, but in the meantime we are just excited to get her on campus in the gym next fall,” he said.

After graduation at Pines this spring Smith will leave her long-standing print on Pines athletics, in particular on the volleyball court and the record books.

Twice she was named team captain and for three consecutive years was voted the team MVP. Three years she was a First Team All-Great Northern Conference and for two of those years was a recipient of the Player of the Year award in the league.

She’s been nominated to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team three times — once as an Honorable Mention and twice as a First Team member. She’s also been a four-year Academic All-State recipient.

In total she’s earned 11 varsity letters combined in basketball, track and field and, of course, volleyball.