WAYNE – A member of the Wayne State College volleyball team was highlighted in a recent spotlight put together by the league office.
According to a release from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, each week the conference features the NSIC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Spotlight. Senior Jaci Brahmer joined NSIC Assistant Commissioner Nick Kornder discussing her role on the student-athlete advisory committee as well as other Wildcat SAAC initiatives for the year.
Brahmer, a redshirt senior, is from Pierce and stated she had a connection with the college.
“In high school, we’d come for career fairs and summer leagues for volleyball, we’d come and play,” said Brahmer. “So, I got to know coach Kneifl a little bit. Then just location wise too. I wanted to be kind of close to home so that I can go home and watch my siblings play their high school sports. Then also cost too.”
Brahmer is majoring in Applied Human & Sport Physiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.
Brahmer added that Wayne State College volleyball continues to practice as well as trying to stay together as a team and working out with head strength and conditioning coach Grant Darnell.
“He’s kind of kicking our butt, but it’s been fun,” Brahmer added. “We’re just trying to stay positive and try to just cherish all the moments we can when we step onto the floor. Just trying to stay hopeful for whatever competition we might see in the spring.”
WSC hosted a Black/Gold volleyball scrimmage on Tuesday, October 13 and there is another scrimmage that is in the works.
Brahmer mentioned what the cancellation has taught her as she’s missing out on her last season.
“Although it’s been really hard to go through it’s just allowed me to not take anything for granted,” Brahmer mentioned. “Just to really cherish the moments I do get to spend with my teammates and step on the floor and play with them.”
As a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the group has held a Make-A-Wish fundraiser where donation tables were set up during the WSC volleyball, football and women’s soccer scrimmages. WSC SAAC also created a voter education committee raising awareness with the upcoming election. The student-athletes learned more about how the voting process works during a Zoom with Wayne Mayor Cale Giese. Members also work with the Wayne Backpack Program filling bags with non-perishable foods.
View the complete interview here. These interviews will be posted to the NSIC social media accounts on Tuesdays at noon. A NSIC fall sport student-athlete will be spotlighted each week from the 16 conference institutions.