Volleyball to host Patriot Day Classic

08.27.2014 | By Amanda Booren

PASADENA, Texas – The 10th ranked San Jacinto College volleyball team will host the San Jac Patriot Day Classic, Sept. 5 and 6, while recognizing military veterans in observance of the Patriot Day holiday.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, a Bell UH-1V Iroquois "Huey" helicopter will land on the Central Campus courtyard in front of Anders Gymnasium at 8 a.m., and will be on display all day before departing at 5 p.m. At 9 a.m., free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 100 people in attendance for the tournament. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a reception will be held for all military veterans, and they will be recognized during an intermission at 3 p.m.

Donations collected throughout the day will go toward support of local veteran organizations.

The Patriot Day Classic will be the home opener for San Jac (0-4), which opened the season last weekend at the Holiday Inn Classic in Rock Springs, Wyo. The team will head to Baytown this weekend for the 26th Annual Lee College Invitational, where they will face Lamar State – Port Arthur on Friday at 4:30 p.m., Cisco College on Saturday at 11 a.m., and host Lee College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Head Coach Sharon Nelson, now in her 13th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program, has four players returning from last year’s squad that finished the regular season ranked 13th in the nation with a 22-10 overall record. Included in that mix is the Region XIV player of the year, 6-1 middle blocker Ana Helena Ribeiro (Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal / Escola Secundária António Sérgio); 5-8 outside hitter Delaney Driver (Wichita Falls / Christ Academy); and 5-9 outside hitter Rachel Warner (Burton / Burton HS). The trio combined for 427 kills last season. Also in the mix is second-year libero Kacey LeBlanc. The Orange (Orangefield HS) native recorded a 3.57 digs per set mark last season.

Nelson also added two sophomore transfers and a slew of freshman to complete this year’s squad. The additional sophomores are 5-10 middle blocker JaLesa Beaver (Katy / Morton Ranch HS / Carson Newman University) and Hannah McRee, a 6-3 middle from Uvalde (Uvalde HS / Arkansas State University).

All San Jacinto College home volleyball games are played in Anders Gymnasium on the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. For more information about San Jacinto College athletics visit www.sanjacsports.com.


San Jac Patriot Day Classic tournament schedule


Friday, Sept. 5

9 a.m. – Court 1

San Jacinto College vs. Western Texas College

9 a.m. – Court 2

Lee College vs. Temple College


11 a.m. – Court 1

Laredo Community College vs. Hill College

11 a.m.- Court 2

Lamar State College vs. Victoria College


1 p.m. – Court 1

Lee College vs. Western Texas College

1 p.m. – Court 2

Laredo Community College vs. Temple College


3 p.m. – Court 1

Lamar State College vs. Hill College

3 p.m. – Court 2

San Jacinto College vs. Victoria College


5 p.m. – Court 1

Laredo Community College vs. Western Texas College

5 p.m. – Court 2

San Jacinto College vs. Temple College


Saturday, Sept. 6

9 a.m. – Court 1

Lamar State College vs. Temple College

9 a.m. – Court 2

Laredo Community College vs. Victoria College


11 a.m.

Hill College vs. Lee College


1 p.m.

Lamar State College vs. Western Texas College


4 p.m.

San Jacinto College vs. Hill College


6 p.m.

Lee College vs. Victoria College


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 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce 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 $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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