Volleyball defeats Trinity Valley, falls to Panola on second day of Region XIV tournament
11.05.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur
BAYTOWN, Texas – The San Jacinto College volleyball team will continue to battle for a chance at nationals after falling to Panola College on the second day of the NJCAA Region XIV volleyball tournament in Baytown, Texas.
San Jac (26-8) won its first game of the day against Trinity Valley Community College (27-29, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22), losing the first set before making a comeback to win the match. In the second match of the day, San Jac struggled during its first set against Panola, winning the second but eventually falling in four sets (21-25, 25-22, 27-29, 24-26).
San Jac is still alive in the national tournament picture, and will next face either Tyler Junior College or Wharton County Junior College on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. The winner of that match will qualify for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 17-19 in Casper, Wyoming.
San Jac entered the Region XIV tournament as the number one seed in the South Zone. Under Head Coach Sharon Nelson’s 15-year tutelage, San Jac has won eight regional titles and nine conference championships. Nelson’s teams have finished in the top 11 at the national tournament in nine of the last 10 seasons, including a national runner-up in 2010. Nelson has more than 400 career wins and is ranked among the most active NJCAA Division I volleyball head coaches.
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, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.