5 named to volleyball all-conference team
11.21.2014 | By Amanda Booren
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College sophomores Ana Helena Ribeiro, Kacey LeBlanc, and Hannah McRee; along with freshmen Brianna Moten and Hannah Baker, were all named to a Region XIV all-conference team. Ribeiro, LeBlanc and Moten all earned first-team honors, while McRee and Baker were named to the second team.
“This year’s team was a great group,” said Head Coach Sharon Nelson, who just completed her 13th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. “Several different players stepped up to be the hero of the night throughout the year, contributing to the success of our season.”
Ribeiro (Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal / Escola Secundária António Sérgio), a middle blocker, averaged 12.15 kills and 0.72 blocks per set, while hitting .294, this season. She was third on the squad in total blocks with 44. Ribeiro finished the year ranked as the second best student-athlete in the Region’s South Zone.
“Ana brings a great deal to the floor and the team, whether it’s while she’s playing or in a supporting role from the sideline during her injury time,” noted Nelson. “She adds a sense of urgency to our play.”
Joining Ribeiro on the first team were libero / defensive specialist LeBlanc (Orange / Orangefield HS) and middle blocker Moten (Houston / Bellaire HS). LeBlanc was named the conference libero of the year after leading the team in digs per set with a 3.82 mark. She was also second on the San Jac team with 22 service aces.
“Kacey did a fantastic job in the defensive position all season, as well as provided the team with sophomore leadership,” commented Nelson. “She is very deserving of the prestigious honor of libero of the year. We are incredibly proud of her.”
Moten earned the league’s newcomer of the year honors. She was second on the team with 114 total blocks, a mark that ranked 39th in the nation, and a 1.19 blocks per set average, 21st in the country.
“Bri is a dynamic middle who came in and worked hard to make her presence known,” noted Nelson. “She did a great job of establishing herself early in the matches, helping our team open up more offensive options.”
Baker and McRee were named to the all-conference second-team after outstanding seasons. Baker, a setter from Bellville (Bellville HS), averaged 5.39 and 1.76 digs assists per game. Baker was named conference setter of the week twice this season. McRee, a middle blocker from Uvalde (Uvalde HS / Arkansas State University), led the team in total blocks with 128 (1.24 per set). She also hit .258 with a 1.74 kills per set average.
San Jacinto College finished the regular season ranked 13th in the country with a 21-13 overall record.
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.