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Five San Jacinto College volleyball players to transfer to four-year institutions
 May 11, 2009

CUTLINE: Five San Jacinto College volleyball players - four sophomores and one freshman - will play at four-year institutions next season. Pictured, from left to right, are: Zuzana Cizova, Monica Hamel, Shaundalyn Taylor, Julia Teixeira and Bruna Rocha. Photo credit: Amanda L. Booren, San Jacinto College marketing department.

PASADENA, Texas - Sophomores Zuzana Cizova, Shaundalyn Taylor, Julia Teixeira and Bruna Rocha, and freshman Monica Hamel, have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and volleyball careers at four-year institutions. All five will attend NCAA Division II schools.

Cizova, who finished 2008 ranked fifth in the nation in kills per game and was the Region XIV conference player of the year, will attend Cal State - Los Angeles. The outside hitter averaged 4.36 kills per game and 4.13 digs per game for SJC. Cizova is originally from Zlin, Czech Republic, and played one year a St. Petersburg College before transferring to San Jac prior to the 2008 season. Cal State - Los Angeles finished last season 21-8 overall.

Taylor has signed to play with Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She averaged 0.67 kills per game and 0.36 blocks per game as a middle blocker for San Jac. Morgan State finished the 2008 season with a 3-25 overall record. Taylor hails from Irving, Texas (Trinity Christian School).

Teixeira was a two-time all-conference selection for San Jac, and will take her talents to the court at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She was third on the squad in kills per game with 4.11 and averaged 0.43 blocks per game. Teixeira is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Barry finished last season 15-12 overall.

Rocha, an outside hitter, will play next season at Saint Leo University (SLU) in Saint Leo, Florida. She averaged 4.28 kills per game last season, good for seventh in the nation and second on the squad. The all-conference selection also averaged 3.71 digs per game. SLU was 29-11 overall last season. Rocha is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hamel signs on to play at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, after just one season with San Jac. The middle blocker led the squad in blocks per game with a 0.68 per game average. Tarleton finished last season with a 22-10 overall record. Hamel is from Mesquite, Texas (Poteet High School).

"We commend these young ladies for their dedication in the classroom and overcoming many adversities for success, as well as their commitment to hard work, team dynamics and leadership in their participation in our volleyball program," said San Jac Head Coach Sharon Nelson. "Each of these ladies have earned numerous honors and have left their mark in San Jac volleyball history. They are true competitors and will be greatly missed. As they transition to the next level in their collegiate career, we wish them every success imaginable and want them to know that they will always be considered San Jac volleyball family."

In its fourth-straight trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament last Fall, San Jacinto finished the 2008 season fifth in the nation with a record of 33-3. The fifth-place finish was the best ever under Nelson, who has coached San Jacinto College for seven seasons.

San Jac opens the 2009 season August 28-29 at the Texas Tornado Tournament in Houston, and will open the 2009 home season Tuesday, September 1 against Temple College. For a complete 2009 schedule, and more information about San Jacinto College volleyball, visit www.sanjacsports.com.

San Jacinto College serves more than 24,500 students in more than 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.





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