JACKSON TWP.  Jackson senior Zachary Smith has signed his letter of intent to play college volleyball at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Smith, who has played three seasons for the Polar Bears as both a setter and right side hitter, is second on the team in assists this season. He was part of last year’s district championship team and is one of two seniors from this year’s team who have committed to play college volleyball.

“Zach has improved greatly over the last year,” Jackson’s head coach Richard Jackson said. “Something clicked about a year ago and we could see a definite change in heart and commitment towards volleyball. It definitely made a difference in his game. Our coaching staff is very proud of Zach and that he is going to take his talents to the next level.”

Smith also ran cross country for Jackson and was joined for his signing by his mother Andrea Smith, father Dan Smith and brother Ben Smith, along with Richard Jackson. One of his three brothers, Jonah Smith, was unable to attend because he was recently deployed tot Iraq as part of the Army 82nd Airborne Division.

Concordia University is an NCAA Div III program competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.