Saints Lose MAAC Championship Final For the First Time in History
Siena Will Play Fairfield in the Finals for Fifth-Time in Eight Years
Siena Earns No. 2 Seed in MAAC Championships
Saints on Verge of 20 Wins
Akana, Akeo and Sivertson Shine in Huge MAAC Match
GENERAL:Gifted talent who exploded onto the scene last year and flashed signs of extraordinary potential...Has great leaping ability, and can finish consistently at the 10-foot line...A true middle in the mold of three-time MAAC Player of the Year Burgandy McCurty '10.
2011: COBRA Magazine All-Northeast Honorable Mention selection...Led team with 91 blocks...Third on squad with 1.89 kills/set and 178 kills...Played in 26 of 28 matches and 94 sets...Posted double figure kills seven times (all against MAAC teams)...Had 10 kills and 10 blocks in 3-1 home win over Loyola (Md.) (10/23).
BEFORE SIENA: Named a Scholar Athlete, Super 70 Select Team selection, All-League and All-Section as a junior and senior at White Plains...Selected team captain and "Best Attacker" as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born October 5, 1993 in the Bronx...Daughter of James Jackson and Jacqueline Skeen...Chose Siena because she loved the atmosphere and small class sizes...Has only been playing competitive volleyball for three years, yet qualified for Junior Olympics in 2009 and 2010 and helped team make regional finals in 2011.
COACH PIERRE SAYS: "Jackie is improving day in and day out, and, if this continues, she will be one of the top middles in the league. She is very quick to the ball, and has tremendous leaping ability. Last year, she showed what a difference maker she can be, this year we need her to do that on a consistent basis."
GETTING TO KNOW JACQUELINE
What I like most about Siena College: Small Classes
Where do you see yourself in another five years? Pursuing my dergree in Physical Therapy
My favorite class at Siena is: Philosopy with Burkey
My favorite spot on campus is: The steps at the front of Hines
Other sports I like to follow at Siena include: Basketball, soccer
What I like most about Siena volleyball: Our team gets along really well
My best Siena volleyball moment has been: Winning awards at the awards ceremony
What I like most about Coach Pierre: His sense of humor
Favorite Coach Pierre Quote: "Hit di ball man, whats wrong with youuuuu?"
My superstitions are: Never point at/near a cemetery or your finger will fall off
If I didn't play volleyball, I would: Be a dancer
The player on the team who I relate to best is: Anita. We just click. She's like my big sister.
The funniest player on the team is: Amanda!!! She tells the best stories
My most embarrassing sport moment: Going up to hit an overpass and hititng it into the net
My most overused phrase in text messages is: Lol
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I've only been playing volleyball for four years
My hidden talent is: I am a cellist
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: Basketball Wives, so I can wear a maxi dress and hoop earrings
What is that one thing, you can't do without? Friends
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to (why): Tahiti, it's beautiful there
My hobbies are: Dancing in the mirror
My biggest fear is: Not being able to touch the bottom of the pool with my feet
If I were a crayon, I would be this color: Sunshine...not sure if that's a real color
Professional athlete: Ray Allen
Pro sports team: Boston Celtics
Food: Jerk Pork
Flavor of ice cream: Birthday Cake
Pizza Topping: Onions
Day of the Week: Friday
Animal: Black Panther
TV show: Family Guy
Flower: The flower Lesli puts in her hair