As a senior, Jasmine Forrest has become a leader on the Belvidere North Blue Thunder volleyball team, thanks in large part to her experience during her first three years of high school.
"As a freshman I moved up to JV, and as a sophomore I moved up to varsity, so I was always one of the younger ones on the team," Forrest said during practice this week. "And I've had great opportunities working with very talented girls. They've really shaped me into the player I've become."
And that player is one that has the unique blend of all-around talent and natural leadership ability, which is what her coach says makes Forrest a special talent.
"She helps bring people up if they make a mistake, she's just really more positive this year," Coach Pat Meinert said. "And she's really just a great all-around player. She plays defense, she hits, and she's a great server as well."
Belvidere North is a contender this year for the NIC-10 volleyball crown, but the competition is stiff at the top, with traditional powers Boylan and Hononegah. But Forrest's attitude toward wins and losses is one that she hopes can push North through.
"I just don't like losing at all, it's just something in me and I'm not very happy when I lose," Forrest said. "So I'm going to give everything I have out on the court and hopefully we can win.
"My teammates always supported me, and I was always hard on myself so that I could become better, and I think it's really worked for me."
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