Caleb Pollema–Staff Writer
All athletes dream of being able to contribute their personal best to a team that is in pursuit of championships. This is most definitely the case with setter Jamie De Jager and Dordt’s women’s volleyball team.
De Jager, a senior from Sioux Center, Iowa, is in the process of finishing her volleyball career at Dordt and her degree in elementary education with special education and reading endorsements.
She hopes to land a teaching position in an elementary school after college is over, but for now she is focused on completing her degree and enjoying her final season of Defender volleyball.
As a setter, De Jager hopes to not only better her technique and skill at her position, but also be a leader on a team that is looking to return to Nationals this year.
“We want to be GPAC champions, maintain a team GPA of 3.6, seek out evangelistic opportunities, take time to serve others in our community, and make it to Nationals,” De Jager said.
These goals will not be possible without De Jager at the center of the Defender offense. De Jager received recognition recently as the NAIA National Setter of the Week.
“It was an honor to be recognized as Setter of the Week,” De Jager said, “but I couldn’t have done it without my passers and hitters.”
This unselfishness is something that characterizes great teams. Being a part of a team is something that De Jager has been used to her entire life. In high school, De Jager, a multi-athlete competed in in volleyball, basketball, softball, and track.
This love of sports has always been a big part of De Jager’s life. She had the privilege of getting to watch her older sister compete in sports throughout her childhood and she plans to continue being active even after her volleyball career ends.
For De Jager, Dordt volleyball has not only given her an outlet to play the sport she loves, but it has left her with memories that she will cherish for the rest of her life.
“I got to play in nationals as a sophomore and junior,” De Jager said. “And I have made some of my best and lifelong friends.”
Even as her playing days come to an end, De Jager is thankful for the memories she has made and the opportunities she has experienced because those will last a lifetime.