2016 Volleyball schedule announced
06.30.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Volleyball Head Coach Sharon Nelson has announced the 2016 schedule. San Jac is scheduled to play seven home games, in addition to the San Jac Military Classic, and matchups with last year’s national champion College of Southern Idaho and national runner-up Western Nebraska Community College at the Iowa Western Community College Invitational.
“We will know early in the season what we need to focus on as we will face the 2015 runner up and last year’s national champion at the end of August,” said Nelson, who is heading into her 15th season with the team. “This early competitive schedule will set the stage for us as we host another competitive tournament over Labor Day just before starting conference play.”
San Jac will open its season on Aug. 23 at home against Temple College. The Start Strong scholarship will be presented during this game to a San Jacinto College Central Campus female student who played a varsity sport in high school. San Jacinto College volleyball alumni fund the scholarship through the San Jacinto College Foundation in an effort to give back to the College. San Jacinto College will finish out the month at the Iowa Western Community College Invitational Aug. 26 and 27 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they will face last year’s national champion and national runner-up.
The annual San Jac Military Appreciation Classic will take place Sept. 1 - 3 on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The Classic will feature Blinn College, Hillsborough Community College, North Central Texas College, Brookhaven College, Laredo Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Victoria College, Hill College, Lee College, Panola College and Wharton County Junior College.
“Our 2016 schedule is designed to place us against some of the other top ranked programs in the country,” added Nelson.
Following the Classic, San Jacinto College will begin Region XIV play with three home matches against Coastal Bend College, Laredo Community College and Lee college, before setting off to Baytown for the Lee College Tournament Sept. 16 and 17. The team will then head to Brenham and Wharton to face Blinn College and Wharton County Junior College, before closing out the month at the Tyler Junior College Invitational in Tyler Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.
In the month of October San Jac will have three home games against Victoria College (Oct. 4), Blinn College (Oct. 18), and Wharton County Junior College (Oct. 25). The rest of the month will be spent away at Laredo Community College (Oct. 7), Coastal Bend College (Oct. 8), Lee College (Oct. 13), North Central Texas College (Oct. 15), and Tyler Junior College (Oct. 15).
“The 2016 team dynamics should challenge and compete throughout our entire schedule,” concluded Nelson
The Region XIV conference tournament will take place Nov. 4 through 6 in Baytown. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship is scheduled for Nov. 16 through 19 in Casper, Wyoming.
Six players will return from last year’s team that went 28-15 overall, including first-team all-Region XIV selection Ines Bawedin and Honorable Mention honoree Kayden Thomas. Nelson has added nine freshmen to this year’s team.
For more information about the San Jacinto College volleyball program visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.