2015 regional tournament begins Friday

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College volleyball team is heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV Tournament, hosted by Tyler Junior College, Nov. 6 through 8.

San Jac is the second seed in the South Zone Division with a 24-11 overall record and 8-2 in conference play. San Jac will begin the Region XIV Tournament against Navarro College at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. The team brings with it sophomore libero Manon Geoffroy, who ranks 14th in digs per set (5.30) and fifth in the nation in total digs (673).

San Jac opened its conference games in September with back-to-back wins against Coastal Bend College and Laredo Community College, before defeating rival Lee College. The team then took on Blinn College, experiencing its first conference match loss, but bounced back for a win against Wharton County Junior College. In October, the team faced and won against Laredo, Coastal Bend, and Lee again and kept up its winning streak to come back and defeat Blinn, yet this time falling short to Wharton. 

Following October's win against Lee, Head Coach Sharon Nelson recorded her 400th career win and is sixth among active NJCAA Division I volleyball head coaches. This is her 14th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. Nelson’s teams have captured eight regional titles and nine conference championships and finished in the top 11 at the national tournament in nine of the last 10 seasons, including a national runner-up in 2010.

San Jac is looking for a return trip to the NJCAA national championship, scheduled for Nov. 19 through 21 in Casper, Wyoming. For complete Region XIV tournament information, visit the Tyler Junior College website at apacheathletics.com. For more information about San Jacinto College volleyball, 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, 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.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.