PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College sophomores Kacey LeBlanc, Delaney Driver, and Hannah McRee have signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to continue their volleyball and education careers at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institutions.
“I am really happy for these young ladies,” said Head Coach Sharon Nelson, who this Fall will enter her 14th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. “They are great leaders, on and off the court, and were an asset to our team this year. I have no doubt they will go on to be exceptional leaders and make an immediate impact on their respective teams. I wish them all the best!”
All three student-athletes will graduate this weekend with their associate degrees, and will be recognized with academic honors in June by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
LeBlanc, a 5-3 defensive specialist from Orange (Orangefield HS) and the Region XIV libero of the year, will play next season at the University of Louisiana – Monroe. LeBlanc led the team in digs with 371 total for a 3.82 per set average, and was second on the team in service aces with 22. She was also a Region XIV first team selection, an academic all-Region honoree, and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Driver will also attend the University of Louisiana – Monroe, but on a sand volleyball scholarship. This is the first San Jacinto College volleyball player to transfer to a four-year university on a sand volleyball scholarship. The 5-8 outside hitter from Wichita Falls (Christ Academy) was third on the team in kills per set at 1.97 with a .227 hitting percentage. She also averaged 1.14 digs and 0.43 blocks per set. Driver was the San Jacinto College Central Campus Scholar Athlete of the Year, an academic all-Region honoree, received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.8 – 3.99 GPA), and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
McRee, a 6-3 middle blocker from Uvalde (Uvalde HS / Arkansas State University), will also head to the state of Louisiana to play for Louisiana Tech University. McRee was a second-team all-conference selection that led the team in total blocks with 128 (1.24 per set), while hitting .258 with a 1.74 kills per set average.
San Jacinto College finished the 2014 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.