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San Jac Volleyball wins Region XIV, heads back to NJCAA national tournament
 November 5, 2012

San Jacinto College remains top-ranked team in the country

PASADENA, Texas – For an eighth straight year, the San Jacinto College volleyball team is headed back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I volleyball championship.

As the nation’s top-ranked team, San Jacinto College (33-2) defeated Trinity Valley Community College, Laredo Community College, and Tyler Junior College (in three separate matches) to claim the Region XIV title, and a return trip to the national tournament, this past weekend in Baytown.

“This is an extraordinary group of ladies,” said Head Coach Sharon Nelson, who is in her 11th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. “They are truly every coaches dream to have all together. We faced quite a bit of adversity both on and off the court, and they allowed it to roll off their shoulders and acted like champions every step of the way. I am proud of our actions and our performance at the regional tournament.”

San Jacinto College has held the top national ranking since Sept. 26, 2012. Sophomore duo Oni Lattin (Houston / Bellaire HS [San Diego State Univ.]) and Marie-Pierre Bakima (Nogent-sur-Oise, France / Lycee Emmanuel Mounier) lead the team on offense, averaging 2.38 and 2.78 kills per set, respectively. Fellow classmate Marlaina Pleydle (Victorville, Calif. / Victor Valley HS) leads the nation in blocks per set with a 1.47 mark, while Lattin is fifth with a 1.35 per set mark.

San Jacinto College will vie for its second volleyball national championship Nov. 15 – 17 at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo. This will be the 15th overall appearance for San Jacinto College in the NJCAA national tournament. San Jac has placed in the top 10 in each of the last six years under Nelson’s guidance, including as the national runner up in 2010. San Jacinto College won the national championship in 1987.

For more information about the national tournament, visit www.njcaavbd1.com. For information about San Jacinto College volleyball, visit www.sanjacsports.com.

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