Pioneer Focus: Jackie Schwamberger

 

PEDIGREE: In our first issue of the new academic year the honor of being the first Pioneer Focus athlete of the week goes to senior setter Jackie Schwamberger for her leadership and remarkable play over the last three years for Pioneer volleyball.

Over the last three seasons Schwamberger has certainly left a mark on the Pioneers program as she has racked up a total of 1, 439 assists, putting her in third place on the all-time list. Also, as the “quarterback” of the offense, she has led Pioneer volleyball to arguably its most prestigious period in program history.

During her career Schwamberger has helped volleyball produce a remarkable 93-35 record, which included leading the team in 2010 to the first ever American Mideast Conference tournament title and the first berth in the NAIA National tournament as well.

Of course, over the years, she has accumulated many awards for her performance on and off the court as well. Her list of achievements dating back to 2009 reads like this:

2009- All-AMC Freshman Team

Senior setter Jackie Schwamberger prepares to serve a volley to Roberts Wesleyan College on Sept. 25, 2010. If Schwamberger continues her outstanding play of the last three years she could quite possibly become the third volleyball player to enter the Malone Athletic Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

2010- All-AMC 1st Team, NCCAA East Region Team Honorable Mention

*2011- NCCAA All-American 2nd Team, NCCAA All-American Scholar Athletes, NCCAA East Region 1st Team

*Ineligible to receive any AMC awards because of the university’s move to NCAA Division II.

Get to know the Pioneer superstar Jackie Schwamberger…

Q: Favorite Food?

A: Mac and Cheese

Q: Who is on your favorite playlist?

A: Justin Bieber and Disney music.

Q: Favorite athlete(s)?

A: Kerri Walsh and Misty May

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I like to sleep A LOT!

Q: How, who and why did you play volleyball when you were younger?

A:  I played soccer in grade school but then my sister started to play volleyball so then I started playing volleyball.

Q: Who is your role model and why?

A: My brother because he is a great athlete and a wonderful person, whom I admire deeply.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Taco Bell!!!!

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: At times the fun can be taken out of the game and it can feel like a job, but I love spending time on and off the court with my teammates.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone? 

A: Required chapel

Q: What did you do this summer?

A: This summer I volunteered for an organization raising money and awareness for a children’s home in India.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Hopefully married with a couple kids and living life to its fullest potential.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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