Three San Jac volleyball players head to St. Thomas

04.24.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – Nakia Taylor, Kayden Thomas and Hannah Westerlage are on their way to the University of St. Thomas for the 2017-2018 volleyball season.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV all-conference trio from San Jacinto College were each presented with options for transferring universities but chose to sign with St. Thomas and continue their time playing together on the court.

Taylor is an outside hitter and right side from Humble (Atascocita HS), averaging 1.16 kills and 1.61 digs per set. Thomas is an outside hitter and middle blocker from Huffman (Hargrave HS), averaging 1.56 kills and 0.67 blocks per set. Westerlage is a setter and defense specialist from Dickinson (Dickinson HS), averaging 5.44 assists and 2.15 digs per set.

All three are members of Phi Theta Kappa, having made the dean’s list every semester at San Jacinto College and receiving NJCAA academic achievement awards.

“Nakia, Kayden and Hannah came to us to gain experience and a good foundation for their academics,” said Sharon Nelson, San Jac volleyball head coach and athletic director. “It’s exciting to see these three players transfer to St. Thomas because they have great team chemistry, and they’re all leaders. I think they’ll go right into St. Thomas and do what they’ve done for us here.”

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.

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 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university 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.

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