YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Jackie Cane is a senior at Yorktown High School. She is a captain of the girls volleyball team, whose season has been moved to the Fall II season, which begins March 1.
Cane has been on the varsity team since her freshman year. Even then, she was still making an impact on the floor. She has earned many accomplishments and awards, such as All-Conference as a sophomore and All-Section as a junior.
The future of the volleyball season is uncertain, but Cane remains optimistic and has high hopes for the season.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Hiking and walking my dog have helped me stay active during this period of social distancing. I really enjoy running whenever I can and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family.
When did you start volleyball and what got you started?
I reluctantly started playing volleyball in sixth grade when my mom signed me up for the JV team at St. Patrick’s. I had my heart set on playing basketball until my first game at St. Pat’s, when I realized how much fun volleyball could be. I was pulled up to their varsity team and loved competing with the eighth graders, who taught me how to not serve underhand.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Yorktown?
My favorite sports memory would have to be from 2019, in a tight game against Lakeland. We lost the first two sets of that quarterfinal game, but after an amazing serve-run by Allison Torres, we were able to win the third set. Our momentum helped us win three straight sets, beating Lakeland 3-2. The energy in the gym was incredible and I will never forget that win.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My older brother is someone I have always looked up to. He found a way to be competitive with everything he did, pushing me to try hardest in anything I was doing. He led by example, teaching me to work hard and always be humble.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Before every game, I make sure to grab a pumpkin spice latte with my pepper partner, Jackie Knoesel. On the way to our game, we always share the same seat on the bus and listen to our favorite pump-up music.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I plan to pursue a career in nursing and play club volleyball in college.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
My dream super power would be teleportation because whenever I’m running late somewhere, I would love to just be able to appear wherever I needed to be. I really love to travel and if I could teleport, I would be able to go anywhere in the world without having to fly or drive.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
Some of my favorite things to do are climbing fire towers and cliff jumping into lakes, so it’s usually surprising to people when they learn I was terrified of heights a couple years ago.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would love to take a trip to Florence, Italy, to visit all of the famous museums and art galleries and to eat delicious Italian pizza and gelato.
What is your favorite place to eat locally and what’s your go to order?
When I’m really hungry, I love going to Bliss Dairy Bar & Grill in Mahopac, and my go-to order is buffalo chicken mac and cheese.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I’m constantly playing Subway Surfers because it never gets old.
Are you currently binging anything?
I’m currently obsessed with “Criminal Minds” as my go-to show.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Learn to love every aspect of your sport. Especially the less glorified parts, like conditioning or long practices. You’ll be able to appreciate what all your hard work has amounted to when you finally beat that rival or win that fifth set.
What is your main goal for the upcoming season?
My main goal for this season would be to win a section championship. Everyone wants that title, but I’m confident that my team is dedicated to putting in 100 percent effort every practice and game to achieve our goal.
How have you been practicing during quarantine?
Setting up a net in the backyard to play with my brothers has been great practice. My club coach has also given my team workouts to do to stay active during quarantine.
In game, what does your team rely on you most for?
I am an outside hitter so my main job is to finish the point by getting kills for my team. I work with my setter, Allie Silverman, to run plays that will result in the other team’s mistake. If my team is in a rut on serve receive, I’ll switch up my type of attack to get the serve back.
How does it feel knowing you did not lose any players on the team since you had no seniors?
Our team had great chemistry by the end of last season, so coming into this season knowing we didn’t lose any part of that is super exciting. Everyone’s itching to get back and put in the work to accomplish even greater goals than last year.