Jayci Forster poses with UM-Dearborn head coach Eric Stark after signing with the Wolverines in early May. Forster starred at Divine Child. (Photo courtesy of the Forster family)
Jayci Forster poses with UM-Dearborn head coach Eric Stark after signing with the Wolverines in early May. Forster starred at Divine Child. (Photo courtesy of the Forster family)
Jayci Forster poses with UM-Dearborn head coach Eric Stark after signing with the Wolverines in early May. Forster starred at Divine Child. (Photo courtesy of the Forster family)

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s volleyball team welcomed Jayci Forster, a graduate of Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich, to the program in early May.

Forster, an outside hitter and middle blocker for the Falcons, had a standout two years on her varsity squad.

Per MaxPreps.com, Forster had 132 kills, 30 blocks and 44 digs in 2014 for Divine Child, earning a spot on the Dearborn Press and Guide’s All-City Team.

For UM-Dearborn, Forster will contribute both offensively and defensively.

The Wolverines’ second-year head coach Eric Stark plans to use her more as a defensive specialist but will utilize her as an outside hitter as well for the 2015 season.

“She’s a little bit smaller than some of our other outside hitters,” said Stark, “but her heart and attitude make up for it.”

Forster previously went to UM-Dearborn’s summer camps and played club volleyball. She approached Stark last summer about pursuing a collegiate career in volleyball, and as he began working with her through the camps, Stark saw Forster as a good asset to the program.

After watching her develop her skills over time, Stark said: “I decided it was going to be a good fit for what I’m looking to try to build with this program.”

Forster was also offered by Concordia University, but chose the maize and blue instead.

“I was looking at the school first and getting a Michigan education was really appealing to me,” said Forster. “And I love playing volleyball so that is an added bonus.”

She also explained that the commute to UM-Dearborn is much more convenient for her.

In December 2014, Divine Child’s volleyball coach Sarah Schmitt told the Dearborn Press and Guide: “Jayci is our dark horse. She steps up when the team needs her most. She has the ability to hit all three front-row positions and is great at defense as well.” 

Forster will bring a mound of great things to the UM-Dearborn volleyball program.

“This is a girl who’s gonna work hard, gonna just hit the wall for everything,” said Stark. “I mean just drive through the wall, work hard, and make everybody around her better.”