Volleyball team advances to national tournament

11.15.2015 | By Rob Vanya

TYLER, Texas — The San Jacinto College volleyball team earned a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament by finishing as runner-up in the Region XIV Tournament played this past weekend at Tyler Junior College.

San Jac (South Zone number 2 seed) won two of three matches in the final round of the tournament, defeating Panola College 3-2 (25-13, 18-25, 25-11, 17-25, 15-12); winning the elimination game against Blinn College 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 18-16), which forced an additional round, which Blinn won 2-3 (27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 11-15).

San Jac Head Volleyball Coach Sharon Nelson described the final round of the regional tournament as extremely trying. “Our team played 15 consecutive games, some of which were extended games,” Nelson commented. “Our ladies played hard, non-stop for seven straight hours, with hardly enough time to grab a bite to eat between matches. I am so proud of their effort. They gave it everything they had, and we are just fortunate that we made it through the ordeal without any players being injured. The bottom line is that we qualified for the national tournament, and this team certainly earned it.”

In the critical win over Panola, which automatically qualified San Jac for nationals, Ines Bawedin (Reunion Island, France) had an all-around solid game, scoring 14 points, with 12 kills, 2 digs, and 1 block. Other key contributors were Hannah Malley (Deer Park / Deer Park High School), with 2 kills, 7 digs, and a .667 hitting percentage; Samantha McMahon (Deer Park / Deer Park High School), with 12.5 points, 12 kills, and 5 digs; and Kerstin Jenkins (Magnolia / Magnolia High School), with 12.5 points, 10 kills, 18 digs, and 2 blocks. Manon Geoffroy (Bordeaux, France / Lycee Victor Louis), had 24 digs and a service ace, and Brianna Moten (Houston / Bellaire High School), had 4 blocks, 7 kills, and a .338 hitting percentage.

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.

The NJCAA tournament will be played Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 19-21 at the Casper Event Center in Casper Wyoming.

 

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.

 

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.