Jeff Pearce, San Jacinto College (SJC) volunteer volleyball assistant coach; Jazmine Green, SJC volleyball player; Sharon Nelson, SJC volleyball head coach; Hayley Couch, SJC volleyball player; and Dennis Allen, SJC volleyball assistant coach. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.
Hayley Couch and Jazmine Green to transfer to university volleyball teams
Jeannie Peng-Armao -- April 23, 2012
PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College sophomore volleyball players Hayley Couch and Jazmine Green have both signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and volleyball careers at four-year institutions.
Green, a 5-10 outside hitter from Houston (Cy Falls HS) was the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV player of the year, after guiding San Jac to its seventh-consecutive conference title and seventh-straight appearance in the NJCAA national tournament. For her SJC career, Green averaged 3.46 kills, 2.91 digs, and 0.62 blocks per set. She had a two-year career hitting percentage of .296 behind 749 total kills. She was also named to the Region XIV all-conference first team, and is a two-time NJCAA national tournament All-tournament team selection. She will transfer to Tarleton State University, where she plans to pursue a criminal justice degree.
"San Jac has been great to me," said Green. "I've loved my two years here, and I've improved as a player. I'm looking forward to becoming a better athlete and to work on my defense."
Volleyball Head Coach Sharon Nelson said Green's achievements defied the norm. She leaves San Jac highly recognized by the region and by the NJCAA due to her competitive nature on the court.
"Jazmine has grown into a true leader," said Nelson. "She did a phenomenal job for us. She's hard working and very competitive. She is one of the most decorated athletes to come through San Jac volleyball and she leaves a lasting impression on our program. She's going to do great things for Tarleton State."
Couch, a defense specialist/libero from Santa Fe, averaged 2.63 digs per set this past season. She will transfer to Eastern New Mexico University, Nelson's alma mater, where she plans to study education and work toward becoming a coach herself one day.
"I've really enjoyed my time here at San Jacinto College," said Couch. "The coaching staff taught me so much and really helped me prepare for this opportunity. I look forward to joining the university team and feeling at home there."
Nelson said Couch’s presence on the court is an element every coach wants in his or her gym.
“She is a very aggressive player, and defense comes naturally to her,” said Nelson. "She's going to do an outstanding job at Eastern because she's the type of teammate who works to play on the next level every time she steps on to the court."
San Jac outside hitter, Rachel Tower, is also set to attend California State University-East Bay. The sophomore from Kingwood averaged 1.17 kills per set and 1.11 blocks per set during her two years at San Jacinto College.
The 2011-2012 SJC volleyball team (32-5) was the sixth-consecutive top-10 national finish under Nelson. San Jac entered this year’s national tournament seeded fourth, after ranking in the top-10 for most of the regular season. It was the 14th overall appearance in the national tournament, and San Jac’s eighth in the last 10 years.
For more information about San Jacinto College volleyball, visit www.sanjacsports.com.
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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. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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