2017 volleyball schedule announced
08.10.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Volleyball Head Coach Sharon Nelson has announced the 2017 schedule. San Jac is scheduled to play 14 matches at home in Anders Gym, in addition to the San Jac Military Appreciation Classic. Games include matchups against last year’s national champion Miami Dade College at the Hillsborough Community College Invitational and national runner-up Iowa Western Community college at the San Jac Military Appreciation Classic.
“Our 2017 schedule includes non-conference matches against teams that finished in the top 20 last year, which will prepare us for Region XIV play,” noted Nelson, who enters her 16th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. “As we make our way through our preseason practices and scrimmages, we are evaluating this year’s team. We have 10 returning players who will provide leadership for our team, so I am looking forward to an exciting year.”
San Jac will open its season on Aug. 25 in Tyler at the Rose City Classic, Aug. 25 and 26. San Jac will face Temple Jr. College, Panola College, Missouri State University-West Plains, and host Tyler Junior College at the Classic.
The annual San Jac Military Appreciation Classic will take place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The Classic will feature 13 teams, most of them ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Top 20, including top ranked teams from DII and DIII.
“We are excited to welcome some of the best teams in the country to our Military Appreciation Classic,” said Nelson. “The weekend features great volleyball on the court, and appreciation for our military men and women, and their families. We hope everyone will come out to support our military service members.”
San Jac will face Panola College in Carthage, Texas, on Sept. 6 before beginning Region XIV play on the road against Laredo Community College, Coastal Bend College and Lee College. San Jac will head to Baytown for the Lee College 29th Annual Invitational Tournament Sept. 15 and 16. The team will then have two home matches against Blinn College and Wharton County Junior College before closing out the month at the Hillsborough Community College Invitational in Tampa, Florida, Sept. 29 and 30.
In the month of October, San Jac will have 10 home games against Temple Junior College and Panola College (Oct. 3), Laredo Community College (Oct. 6), Coastal Bend College (Oct. 7) and Lee College (Oct. 10). There will be a quad match featuring Lee College, New Mexico Military Institute, and Victoria College on Oct. 14, followed by an Alumni game on Oct. 21, and Navarro College and Hill College on Oct. 28. The rest of the month will be spent away at Blinn College (Oct. 17), Victoria College (Oct. 20), and Wharton County Junior College (Oct. 24).
The Region XIV conference tournament will take place Nov. 3 through 6 in Carthage, Texas. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship tournament is scheduled for Nov. 15 through 19 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
San Jac went undefeated in conference play in 2016, and was ranked as high as 10th in the nation during the season. The team finished with a 26-9 overall record while remaining undefeated at home.
For more information about the San Jacinto College volleyball program 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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities 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.