PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Volleyball Head Coach Sharon Nelson has announced the 2015 schedule, which includes seven home matches, in addition to the San Jac Military Appreciation Classic, and matchups with last year’s national champion and national runner-up.
“This is a competitive schedule for this year’s team,” said Nelson, who enters her 14th year at the helm of the San Jac program. “We have scheduled several teams that are consistently in the top 20, along with Blinn and Miami Dade, last year’s national champion and national runner-up. If our team works hard together in preseason and in our practices, it will pay off on the court.”
San Jac, which went 21-13 last year, finishing 13th in the county, opens the season Aug. 21 and 22 at the Tyler Junior College Invitational, before the home opener on Aug. 25 against Hill College. During the home opener, Nelson and her staff will present the first ever Start Strong scholarship to a San Jacinto College Central Campus female student who played a varsity sport in high school. San Jacinto College volleyball alumni fund the scholarship, through the San Jacinto College Foundation, in an effort to give back to the College. San Jac rounds out the month on the road at the Lee College Tournament Aug. 28 and 29 in Baytown.
The San Jac Military Appreciation Classic on Sept. 4 and 5 will see 11 teams come to Anders Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Among those teams are defending national champions Blinn College and defending national runner-up Miami Dade College, as well as Western Texas College, Western Wyoming Community College, Panola College, Wharton County Junior College, Northeastern Junior College, Southwest Texas Junior College, Victoria College, Neosho Community College, and Laredo Community College.
“In addition to great volleyball at the San Jac Military Appreciation Classic, fans will get to experience a Bell UH-1V Iroquois ‘Huey’ helicopter, which will land on the campus in front of the gym, and we will take a moment to recognize the military personnel in attendance,” noted Nelson. “It’s going to be a special, action filled weekend!”
Following the home tournament, San Jacinto College will hit the road for three matches at Coastal Bend College, at Laredo Community College, and at Lee College, respectively, kicking off Region XIV conference play, before heading to South Florida for the Miami Dade Invitational Sept. 17 through 19. The squad then returns home for matches against Blinn and Wharton County, before closing out the month of September against Midland College in Baytown.
San Jac will split the month of Oct. on the road and at home, with home matches against Laredo Community College (Oct. 7), Coastal Bend College (Oct. 10), Tyler Junior College (Oct. 16), and Navarro College (Oct. 30); and road matches at the Tyler Junior College Invitational (Oct. 2 – 3), at Lee College (Oct. 13), at Blinn College (Oct. 20), and at Wharton County Junior College (Oct. 23).
“Once we really get into our Region XIV schedule, we should have a solid feel for our play, our strengths and weaknesses, and just how far we can go with the team we have assembled,” added Nelson.
The Region XIV conference tournament will take place November 5 through 7 in Tyler, with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship scheduled for November 19 through 21 in Casper, Wyoming.
San Jacinto College returns eight players from last year’s squad, including all-Region XIV selections Hannah McRee, Brianna Moten, and Hannah Baker. In addition, Nelson has added eight freshmen to this year’s squad.
For more information about the San Jacinto College volleyball program, including the complete 2015 schedule, 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.