Video: Jacqueline Forney ’18 sets up Bates volleyball for success

As the volleyball team’s setter, Jacqueline Forney ’18 of Bloomington, Ind., controls the flow of the offense, like a point guard in basketball.

A team captain since sophomore year, Forney can’t be rattled, says head coach Melissa DeRan.

“She understands that a volleyball match is a lot of points and that short-term memory loss is your best asset,” DeRan says. “She doesn’t get wrapped up in what happened two seconds ago, she’s always looking ahead, always looking forward and ready for the next play.”

An ability to focus on the here and now combined with a vision for the program’s future makes Forney a special athlete.

“Five, 10 years down the road, when we’re at the top of the NESCAC — that’s what I’m looking forward to,” says Forney. “And being able to come back and know that you were a part of creating this program.”

Bates takes on Middlebury tonight at 5 p.m. in a quarterfinal game in the NESCAC Championships. And Forney has them set up for success.

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