7 volleyball players sign National Letters of Intent

05.16.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

Media Contact: Amanda L. Booren
May 16, 2014

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College sophomores Keili Harrison, Jacie Pullig, Chandler Bacon, Haley Dibbern, Chyla Thomas, and Alex Hackett; and freshman Elisa Woinowsky, have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their volleyball and education careers at four-year institutions.

The seven NLI signings is the most in a single season under Head Coach Sharon Nelson’s tutelage. “I am very proud of this group of ladies,” said Nelson, who completed her 12th year at San Jacinto College. “Each one of them worked diligently to be successful in the classroom and on the court, and their efforts paid off. Even though we did not qualify for the national tournament this year, it is gratifying to see so many of our players recognized and rewarded for their efforts.”

Harrison, a 5-9 setter from Columbus, Texas (Columbus HS), is headed to national powerhouse Baylor University. Harrison averaged 6.74 assists per set in 2013, and was fourth on the San Jac squad in digs with 186 overall. She was a second-team All-conference selection. As a freshman, Harrison averaged 4.81 assists and 1.28 digs per set.

Pullig (Deer Park / Deer Park HS) will take her talents to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. The 5-7 libero / defensive specialist / setter was named to the All-conference second team after averaging 3.03 assists and 2.69 digs per set in 2013. As a freshman, Pullig was fourth in the squad in digs per set with a 2.32 average.

Bacon and Dibbern will play next season for the Panthers of Prairie View A&M University. For her two-year San Jac career, Dibbern, a 6-0 middle blocker from Bay City (Bay City HS), averaged 1.13 kills and 0.52 blocks per set. She also owned a .204 hitting percentage. Bacon was second on the team last season in digs per set with a 3.15 average. The 5-2 defensive specialist from Houston (Morton Ranch HS) was also fourth on the team as a freshman in digs, with a 2.41 per set mark.

The University of Houston Cougars will add 6-4 middle blocker Chyla Thomas to their roster next season. Thomas played one season at San Jac, leading the squad in blocks with a 1.19 per set average. She also averaged 1.18 kills per set, hitting .271.

At 5-2, Hackett (Little Cypress – Mauriceville / Little Cypress Mauriceville HS), a defensive specialist, will play next season at Mississippi College. She averaged 1.68 digs per set (42 total) this season, and 1.25 (15 total) as a freshman.

Woinowsky, a first-team All-conference selection, will head north to Chicago State University, joining Julia Menhart, who transferred there last season from San Jacinto College. The 5-10 freshman from Berlin Germany (Merian School) led the team in kills per set a 3.26, and was also the team’s service ace leader with 47 total. She was second on the team in digs per set at 3.53.

San Jacinto College finished the 2013 regular season ranked 13th in the country with a 22-10 overall record, and five players earned All-conference honors.


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. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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