Playing a full six rotations, Notre Dame Prep’s starting setter senior Jessica Skemp, is always on her A game. Having transferred to Notre Dame last year and being ineligible to play her junior season, this year was her first major opportunity to kill it out on the court, literally.
Skemp is taking full advantage of her chance to play on the team this year and she believes that “Being able to step out on the court with these girls is an honor.” She truly values each time she steps on the court and clearly shows effort in every play.
Her coach, Holly McClean, attested to Skemp’s abilities on the court and said that “Jessica does it all. We run a 6-2 offense meaning she plays a full six rotations.” Not only is Skemp the starting setter, but she blocks and hits for half her playing time as well. Playing all six rotations is not easy, but Skemp handles it like a pro.
While her athletic ability is incredible, her coach also said that “One of her most notable contributions is her leadership skills.” Being such a well-rounded player, it is clear why Skemp is a starter.
More definitive proof of her advanced skillset is the future she has in store for her. Skemp has recently given her “verbal commitment to play at Lafayette University.” There, she will play volleyball while continuing her studies.
While looking at schools, Skemp said, “I was mainly looking for a school that had a really strong engineering program and would hopefully give me a chance to continue my volleyball career.” Luckily for her, she will be able to complete both of these desires next year.
While playing volleyball, Skemp states her “goals at Lafayette [are] to study engineering and graduate knowing [she will] have potential to be successful when [she] graduates.”
She then said that “Being able to commit for volleyball is an added bonus and an honor.” It is clear that Skemp has a bright future, not just during this season, but during her college career as well. If she continues on the path she is currently taking, she will certainly excel and be “set” for life.