Panola Volleyball Athletes Earn Recognition on NJCAA Region XIV All-Academic Team
Panola sophomores Nausheen Merchant and Angelica Vargas were two of only eight Panola College athletes to earn the honor of being selected to the 2013 NJCAA Region XIV All-Academic Team. To qualify for the prestigious All-Region Academic Team, each nominee must have completed at least 36 hours of transferable college credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
Nausheen Merchant, sophomore libero from Kingwood, TX, finished her career at Panola with a perfect 4.0 GPA. This is just the latest honor to be added to a long list of achievements for Merchant during her time as a Fillie. She was named 2nd Team All-Conference as a freshman, before following it up with a stellar sophomore year on the court to earn 1st Team All-Conference, Conference “Libero of the Year”, and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Merchant enrolled spring 2013 into the University of Texas- Pan American to begin her career at the next level as a Lady Bronc.
Sophomore defensive specialist Angelica Vargas also earned a spot on the 2013 All-Academic Team, currently boasting a 3.38 cumulative GPA. This, along with her upcoming graduation, caps off a highly successful sophomore year for the Kingwood, TX native. Vargas was also a key contributor for the Fillies volleyball team this year. She was 2nd on the team in total digs and named 2nd Team All-Conference by the league’s coaches. Vargas also made a commitment to continue her education and playing career at UTPA, where she will be joining fellow Fillie Nausheen Merchant in the fall.
Both Merchant and Vargas are also members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa honor society and were inducted last spring.
Way to go Fillies! We are so proud of you!
PANOLA SIGNS TWO TO 2013 CLASS
Panola Volleyball kicked off the 2013 Signing Class with two prospective student-athletes signing a Letter of Intent last week. Justine Luis, a 5'4 libero from Kingwood, Texas will be joining the Fillies roster in 2013. Luis is a two-time Defensive MVP of District 19-4A, as well as a member of the Academic All-District team and the National Honor Society.
She comes to Panola from Kingwood Park High School, same alma mater as current Panola Volleyball sophomore standouts Nausheen Merchant and Angelica Vargas. Luis was also coached in high school by Fillies Basketball alumna, Coach Tammy White.
Victoria Valdez also made her college decision official by signing her Letter of Intent last Friday. Valdez is a 5'6 libero/defensive specialist out of Missouri City, Texas. She comes to Panola from Lawrence E. Elkins High School, where she was coached by head coach Chelsea Larsen.
While at Elkins, Valdez collected 930 digs in just two seasons to become the defensive team leader for her Lady Knights team. Her efforts also landed her a spot on the 23-5A All-District team as a junior and senior.
Please visit our Panola College Volleyball Facebook page for Signing Day pictures of our two latest PCVB additions: www.facebook.com/pages/Panola-College-Volleyball/15155343493945
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME TO THE FAMILY FILLIES!!
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce that the post-season awards continue to roll in for sophomore Nausheen Merchant. The 5'7 libero from Kingwood, Texas has recently been named a 2012 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American. This makes Merchant just the third player in Fillies Volleyball history to receive an All-American honor. Outside hitters Josiane Santos and Courtnee Davis were the first two Panola players to earn a spot on this prestigious list in 2010, with Santos repeating in 2011.
FILLIES VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE ALL-CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce that several Fillies players earned conference honors this season. Sophomore Nausheen Merchant received prestigious recognition as “Libero of the Year” in the competitive Region XIV- North conference. Her 4.83 digs per game during conference play also earned her a place on the 1st Team All Conference list after receiving 2nd Team All-Conference honors as a freshman.
Sophomore newcomers Hillary Shaffer and Shaunice Demerson definitely made an impact in their lone season at PC, as both were named 2nd Team All-Conference. During conference matches, Shaffer led the Fillies in kills per game with 2.73 on a blistering .426 hitting percentage. Her performance this season also earned her the “Newcomer of the Year” superlative for the conference. Demerson took her game to another level during conference play, rising to third on the team in kills per game with 2.07 and first on the team in blocking with 1.27 blocks per game.
Sophomores Emily Adams and Angelica Vargas, as well as freshman Haley Hampton received Honorable Mention honors to round out Panola’s All-Conference selections. During conference, Adams led PC with 222 assists, Vargas was second on the team with 81 digs, and Hampton was second on the team with 2.70 kills per game.
A full list of Region XIV- North All-Conference honorees may be found here:http://www.region14athletics.org/2012%20All-Region%20Volleyball%20North.PDF
Congratulations Fillies on your honors and an outstanding season!
DIG PINK THIS WEEK!!
Support Panola College Volleyball in our annual DIG PINK match this Wednesday, October 17th against nationally-ranked Paris Junior College. The match begins at 6:00pm in Arthur M. Johnson Gymnasium. You may make donations online by clicking on the dig pink link below! Thanks for your support of Panola College volleyball and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.