Volleyball one win away from advancing to national tournament
11.08.2015 | By Rob Vanya
TYLER, Texas — The San Jacinto College volleyball team (South Zone number 2 seed) was one of only three teams left standing after going 1-1 in rounds 2 and 3 at the Region XIV tournament, played Saturday, Nov. 7 at Tyler Junior College.
San Jac will face off against Panola College (North Zone number 2 seed) today at 1 p.m., in the double-elimination tournament. The winner of that match advances to the regional championship round to face Blinn College, and automatically earns a berth in the national tournament.
San Jac Head Volleyball Coach Sharon Nelson knew that the second and third rounds of the tournament would be really challenging, as San Jac had to play North Zone number 1 seed Tyler, and South Zone number 1 seed Blinn College in back-to-back matches. In round 2, San Jac defeated Tyler 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21). In round 3, San Jac fell to conference rival Blinn 0-3 (22-25, 16-25, 17-25).
“I told our ladies that Region XIV is one of the best in the nation, with no easy route no matter who you play, so we knew it would be tough,” she commented. “After the loss to Blinn, I told the team to not get down, to simply learn from the experience and have the mindset that we can still win round four and qualify for the national tournament, and we still also have a shot at winning the regional tournament.”
In the round 2 win over Tyler, Kerstin Jenkins (Magnolia / Magnolia High School) had a solid match, scoring 17.5 points, with 10 digs, 12 kills, and 3 blocks. Other key contributors were Brianna Moten (Houston / Bellaire High School), with 16.5 points, 5 block assists, 1 dig, and 13 kills; and Samantha McMahon (Deer Park / Deer Park High School), with 15 points, 3 digs, 2 service aces, and 12 kills.
Under Nelson’s 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.
For information about the Region XIV Tournament, including full results and tournament schedule, visit the Tyler Junior College Athletics website. For more information about the San Jacinto College volleyball team, 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.