Fillies Land Several All-Conference Honors; McCray Named Coach of the Year
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce several Fillies received all-conference accolades this season, and Head Coach Amber McCray was named Coach of the Year for Region XIV-North.
McCray, a former Pine Tree High School standout and University of Florida All-American, is in her second year as head coach after coming to Panola College in 2011 and spending the first two seasons as an assistant. The award comes after a weekend during which McCray led the Fillies to their highest finish since 2011, 3rd place in the competitive Region XIV Tournament and one win away from qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament.
"Playing in this tough conference with such high-caliber teams and programs, I am beyond honored to even be nominated for this award by my peers," McCray said. "But when it all boils down to it, this was won by my players because they are the ones who have to get out there and do the work once my assistant, Jane Hays, and I have done all we can do. We didn't achieve every goal we had in mind, but they competed hard all year and for that I am both extremely proud and thankful."
In McCray's second year at the helm, the Fillies ranked among the top twenty teams in the nation for the majority of the year and posted an overall record of 26-7, with all seven losses coming to teams also ranked in the nation's Top 20 in the latest poll. With this year's all-conference selections announced this week, McCray has coached Panola Volleyball student-athletes to 13 total all-conference honors in her first two years, while also leading the Fillies to back-to-back 20+ win seasons.
Sophomores Kennedi Coleman (Red Oak, TX), Justine Luis (Kingwood, TX), and Nathali Chaves (Sao Paulo, Brazil), major impact players for the Fillies all year, were all named 1st Team All-Conference for their efforts this season. This latest award comes in addition to the 2nd Team All-Conference nod all three received a year ago after their freshmen debuts at Panola.
During conference, Coleman averaged 4.10 kills per set on .322 hitting, 2.60 digs per set and led the team in blocks per set with .92. She tallied double-digit kills in 22 of the 30 matches she played in this season, with a hitting percentage above .300 in 20 of 30 matches. Coleman tied her career-high in a thrilling five-set victory against Navarro College, in which she notched 25 kills on .404 hitting to go along with another career-high 26 digs and 4 blocks. Heading into the Regional Tournament, Coleman led the conference in kills per set overall and ranked fourth in hitting efficiency. In addition to this latest honor, Coleman was tabbed Co-Player of the Week for the Region XIV-North conference once this season, and was most recently named to the prestigious Region XIV All-Tournament Team last weekend.
Chaves was a dominant force on the right side for the Fillies her entire career, and finished conference play as a sophomore averaging 3.35 kills per set with a .315 hitting percentage. She also tallied 96 total digs, 12 aces and 18 block assists during conference play. This year, Chaves posted double-digit kills in 8 of 10 conference matches, including a career-high performance against Paris Junior College when she totaled 21 kills on a blistering .404 hitting percentage. Chaves finished conference ranked 5th on the conference leader board in all three attacking categories: kills per set, total kills, and hitting efficiency.
Luis led the entire Region XIV conference (north and south) with a highly-impressive 5.75 digs per set during conference play. The sophomore libero posted double-digit digs in all 10 conference matches and 31 of 33 total matches played this season, including 11 outings in which she tallied 20 digs or more. Luis eclipsed the 30-dig mark three times this season in victories versus Paris, Navarro and Hill College, earning her career-high 32 digs in the first conference showdown of the season against Paris. Her overall statistics for the year include 574 total digs, 67 assists and 26 aces.
Brittany Lampkin made her presence known when she transitioned from outside hitter to middle blocker midway through the season, and was named 2nd Team All-Conference for her efforts. The freshman out of San Marcos, TX hammered home 65 kills and added 24 blocks during conference play, including a game-changing performance at Navarro College where she posted 4 blocks and notched 9 kills on 12 attempts for a .417 hitting clip.
PANOLA VOLLEYBALL FINISHES 3RD IN REGIONALS; FALLS ONE GAME SHORT OF NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
The Panola College Volleyball team put together a solid run this past weekend at the Region XIV Conference tournament at Lee College in Baytown, but finished third place and just one win short of earning a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament after falling to Tyler Junior College Sunday afternoon, 24-26, 25-17, 18-25, 17-25.
The Fillies opened the tournament Friday with a victory over San Jacinto in 4 sets: 28-16, 24-26, 25-16, 25-20. Sophomore outside hitter Kennedi Coleman led the Fillies with 24 kills, 5 digs and 3 solo blocks. She was followed in kills with a balanced offensive attack from fellow sophomore Nathali Chaves (11), as well as freshmen Chantel Woodard (10), Brittany Lampkin (7) and Adriana Skipper (7). Skipper and Sierra Moses combined for 37 assists, while sophomore libero Justine Luis anchored Panola's defense with 17 digs.
The Fillies then returned to play Saturday morning in a second-round match-up with the defending NJCAA National Champion Blinn College Buccaneers. Chaves and Coleman both posted 10 kills each, but it was not enough to slow down the #2 ranked team in the country and the Fillies fell in straight sets, 18-25, 17-25, 16-25.
With just one loss, Panola's national tournament hopes remained alive as the Fillies bounced back to claim two straight victories in elimination games over Trinity Valley Community College and later a rematch against San Jacinto College. In a 5-set thriller to cap off the night with both teams battling to the end for a chance to play on Championship Sunday, Panola persevered over the San Jac Ravens, 26-28, 16-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11.
Coleman posted another solid outing with 21 kills, 14 digs, 4 blocks and an ace, while Chaves contributed 15 kills and 8 digs. Skipper and Moses dished out 22 and 23 assists, respectively, while Luis tallied 27 digs in the winning effort. The Fillies also received a game-changing performance from freshman LaRaysha Hall, who came in to post 7 key kills on 15 attempts in the final two sets.
With only three teams left standing in Region XIV, Panola returned to action in a Sunday afternoon showdown with conference foe TJC in a fight to earn the 2nd bid to Nationals after Blinn College punched their ticket with a straight sweep over the Apaches Saturday evening.
The Fillies came out strong, jumping out to a large lead early and holding it most of the set before TJC eventually chipped away point by point to take the set 24-26. Panola once again jumped out early in the second set, but this time never looked back and sprinted to a 25-17 win. However, the experienced Apache outside hitters proved to be too much for the Fillies defense to handle, leading their team to victory in the final two sets and a spot in the Region XIV Tournament Championship game where they eventually fell once again to Blinn College in five sets.
After the tournament, Kennedi Coleman was named to the All-Tournament Team for her performance over the weekend. The Fillies finished the year 2nd place in Region XIV-North, 3rd place in the entire Region XIV Conference, and with an overall record of 26-7.
PHOTO CAPTION: Fillies Volleyball Coach Amber McCray addresses the team as they celebrate their 5-set victory over San Jacinto Saturday night.
Fillies Knock off 19th Ranked Hill College in Four Sets
The Panola College Fillies took down the Hill College Rebels (17-25, 25-23, 25-14,
PC had several players who recorded double-doubles on the day, Kennedi Coleman paced the offense with 20 kills and 12 digs. Adriana Skipper dished out 22 assists, 11 digs, and one ace and Sierra Moses picked up 20 assists, 10 digs, and 2 aces
Sophomore right side Nathali Chaves added 11 kills, one solo block and one block assist. Freshman middle blocker Chantel Woodard dominated the net once again picking up 6 kills, 4 assist blocks and one solo.
Justine Luis proved why is one of the top liberos in Region XIV racking up 30 digs, 3 assists, and 1 ace. Sophomore defensive specialist Victoria Valdez played a key role picking 4 straight aces to pull the Fillies away in the fourth set.
The Fillies return to action in two weekends at the Region XIV Tournament at Lee College in Baytown, Tx. The Fillies boast a second place seed from the North and will match up against the third place team from the South.
Fillies Clam Second Place Seed with Victory Over Navarro
Fillies Bounce Back to Take Down TVCC
After a slow start in the first set, the Panola College Fillies fought back and blocked
their way to a four set victory over Trinity Valley Community College (15-25, 25-16,
Blocking was the key difference for the Fillies, who picked up 18 total blocks to the Lady Cardinals 7. Freshman middle blocker Chantel Woodard led the way combining for 8 block assists and 5 kills on 11 swings. Freshman middle blocker Brittany Lampkin wasn't far behind picking up 7 block assists and 3 kills, and sophomore right side Ty Goudeau came up big frustrating TVCC's outside hitters by picking up 6 block assists and 1 solo block.
Several Fillies had stellar all-around matches with Kennedi Coleman leading the way by racking up 18 kills, 6 block assists, 1 solo block, 6 digs and 1 ace. Nathali Chaves added 13 kills, 12 digs, 3 block assists, and 1 ace, and freshman setter Adriana Skipper had a career day with 24 assists, 6 kills, 7 digs, and 1 solo block.
Sophomore libero Justine Luis once again led the defense with 26 digs and freshman setter Sierra Moses dished out 17 assists and picked up 7 digs of her own.
The Fillies return home this Wednesday for their final conference match of the season against Navarro College at Carthage Jr High.
Fillies Sweep Wharton Country JC on Sophomore Night
Fillies Knock out Lamar ST College - PA on "Dig Pink Night"
On a night deemed as a "Dig Pink" to support the Side-Out Foundation and raise breast cancer awareness, the Panola College volleyball team shut down Lamar St - Port Arthur in four sets last night at home (25-14, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23).
The Fillies were led by the trio of Nathali Chaves (16 kills, 2 aces), Kennedi Coleman (15 kills, 3 blocks), and Chantel Wooded (10 kills, 4 blocks). Brittany Lampkin added 8 kills, and Ty Goudeau contributed 5 kills on 8 swings.
Setter Adriana Skipper led PC in assists picking up 26, and Sierra Moses added 21 respectively.
Justine Luis led the defense with 17 digs, Nathali Chaves added 12, and Victoria Valdez picked up 7 of her own.
The Fillies return to action Friday against Wharton College at 5 pm at Carthage Junior High. This match will be designated as Sophomore Night to celebrate the seven sophomores that will finish their Panola College Volleyball careers after this season.
PC Volleyball Adds Two More Wins on the Weekend
Friday: Fillies split on the day; falling in 4 sets to defending NJCAA Division II National Champions Cowley County Community College, but bounced back to sweep Odessa College.
Freshman middle blocker Brittany Lampkin had a career day racking up 27 kills. Nathali Chaves added 27 of her own and picked up 18 digs. Kennedi Coleman led PC with 29 kills and 25 digs.
Justine Luis led the defense racking up 49 digs and Victoria Valdez added 11.
Sierra Moses and Adrianna Skipper combined for 71 assists and 24 digs on the day.
Saturday: Fillies sweep Brookhaven College 25-23, 25-12, 25-14.
PC maintained a balanced offense today with several Fillies leading the way. Brittany Lampkin picked up 9 kills, Kennedi Coleman and Chantel Woodard added 8 apiece, and Nathali Chaves contributed 7.
Adriana Skipper and Sierra Moses picked up 14 assists apiece and combined for 10 digs.
Justine Luis once again led the defense with 18 digs, and the trio of Kennedi Coleman, Nathali Chaves and Chantel Woodard combined for 27 digs; each picking up 9 digs respectively.
The Fillies got key contributions from Alexis Jones who picked up 3 assist blocks and 1 solo block. Carly Dyess, Kadie McCullough, and Madison Sampson made some great hustle plays and combined for 8 digs.
Fillies Honor NCTC with "Blue Out" and Beats Paris in Four
On a night designated as a "Blue Out" to honor NCTC and the four softball players who tragically lost their lives in a bus accident this past weekend, the Panola College volleyball team shut down Paris Junior College in four sets last night at home (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16).
Once again the sophomore duo of Nathali Chaves and Kennedi Coleman proved to be more than Paris could handle. They led the offense with 21 and 18 kills apiece, all while posting blistering hitting percentages at .404 and .444 respectively.
Freshman Brittany Lampkin also chipped in 5 key kills and 4 block assists in the winning effort.
Freshmen setters Sierra Moses and Adriana Skipper orchestrated the Fillies offense and did an excellent job finding the hot hitters. Moses dished out 31 assists, while Skipper followed with 18. Both setters also made significant contributions on defense, picking up 7 digs apiece.
Sophomore Justine Luis anchored the Fillies defense once again, picking up 25 digs while also being instrumental in keeping the offense in sync with her serve receive passing. Kennedi Coleman added 11 digs and was a part of 5 blocks with 3 of those being block solos.
With the win, Panola College now moves to 4-2 which currently ties for 2nd place in conference play and 16-3 overall. The Fillies will take a break from Region XIV action this weekend, traveling to Tyler tomorrow for two matches in the TJC Invitational before returning home for a match against Brookhaven College Saturday at 2 p.m.
Fillies Take Down Navarro College in Five
In front of a loud and rowdy crowd, the Panola College Fillies took down the Navarro College Lady Bulldogs in dramatic fashion.
The night promised to be an exciting one after the first set finished 30-32 in the Lady Bulldogs favor, but the Fillies came roaring back to win the second set 25-12.
After the 10 minute intermission PC jumped out early taking a 21-14 lead, but Navarro wouldn’t go away dropping the lead to 2 points. After a big kill from Brittany Lampkin and a couple of NC errors Panola took the third set 25-22. Riding their momentum from set 3, NC took an early lead in the fourth and never looked back forcing a fifth.
In the final set PC and Navarro traded points and were tied at 4-4 until the Fillie defense locked down on the strong NC outside attack and Kennedi Coleman blasted the ball through the Navarro block. PC took a commanding 10-5 lead and never looked back winning the match 15-9 on two huge blocks by LaRaysha Hall and Ty Goudeau.
Kennedi Coleman led PC with 25 kills, 26 digs, 3 service aces, and 3 blocks. Brittany Lampkin added 9 kills and 4 blocks, and LaRaysha Hall picked up 6 kills and 6 blocks. Sophomore right side Ty Goudeau was given the task of shutting down one of the NJCAA’s top outside hitters and she did just that picking up 4 blocks and forcing many uncharacteristic hitting errors.
Adriana Skipper and Sierra Moses once again set a great match keeping the NC defense off balance and combined for 50 assists. Libero Justine Luis picked up 32 digs and frustrated the NC attack by keeping several rallies alive for PC in key moments.
The Fillies are now 3-2 in conference and in third place heading into round two.
Fillies Move to 14-1 After Successful Weekend
In Friday's opening win against Cedar Valley CC, the Fillies were led offensively by freshman Adriana Skipper dishing out 36 assists to a balanced attack that included LaRaysha Hall picking up a season-high 10 kills, followed closely by Brittany Lampkin (9), Nathali Chaves (9), and Arielle Garcia (7). Justine Luis anchored the defense with 14 digs in the 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 victory.
The Fillies defeated host school SWCC 25-12, 25-9, 25-9. Nathali Chaves led all hitters that match with 11 kills on a blistering .600 hitting percentage to follow up her .660 performance against Cedar Valley. Freshman Chantel Woodard racked up 8 kills and 3 aces, while sophomore Ty Goudeau picked up 5 as Adriana Skipper collected 20 assists. The Fillies were also stellar behind the serving line with Chantel Woodard, Adriana Skipper, Justine Luis, Kadie McCullough, Carly Dyess and Madison Sampson all contributing to the team’s 10 total aces.
Panola Volleyball was tested early in the first match Saturday and had to come from behind to earn the victory against Odessa College 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-12. Nathali Chaves had a spectacular all-around performance posting a season high 17 kills on .430 hitting, along with 6 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces. LaRaysha Hall continued her solid weekend with 10 kills and 3 blocks, while sophomore Kennedi Coleman contributed 9 kills, 12 digs, and 3 blocks. Adriana Skipper posted a career-high 42 assists and 8 digs, while the Panola defense once again proved to be a huge strength for the Fillies with sophomore Victoria Valdez tallying a career-high 18 digs, followed by 14 from Justine Luis.
In the final match of the weekend, Panola swept Brookhaven College 25-19, 25-17, 25-18. Adriana Skipper notched 35 assists as Kennedi Coleman led all players offensively with 16 kills on .330 hitting, while Chantel Woodard racked up 7 kills and 5 blocks. Defensively, Nathali Chaves and Justine Luis came up big for the Fillies by collecting 14 digs a piece, followed by 9 from Kennedi Coleman and 8 from both Adriana Skipper and Victoria Valdez.
Fillies Sweep Lamar State - Port Arthur on the Road
In their first meeting in program history, the Panola College Fillies swept the Lamar St - Port Arthur Seahawks 25-16, 25-22, 25-17.
Nathali Chaves and Kennedi Coleman once again led the offense pounding out 10 and 16 kills each. Freshman Brittany Lampkin also had a big night picking up 6 kills on 10 swings with only 1 error. Setter Sierra Moses led the way with 18 assists and Adriana Skipper added 12 of her own.
Lock down defense was the story of the night for the Fillies who picked up 38 digs, none being more critical than in set two when the Seahawks took a 16-11 lead. Sophomore defensive specialist Victoria Valdez had 12 huge digs with 6 of those coming in set 2 to stop the Lamar PA run. Libero Justine Luis picked up 14 of her own and Nathali Chaves added 7.
PC moves to 2-0 in conference play with the win.
The Fillies return to action this Friday at Southwestern Christian College for two matches, and then travel to Brookhaven for two more Saturday.
FILLIES FIGHT BACK TO TAKE FIRST CONFERENCE WIN
After a slow start in game 1, the Panola College Fillies came roaring back to beat the Paris Junior College Lady Dragons 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
The sophomore hitting duo of Kennedi Coleman and Nathali Chaves led the Fillie attack combining for 28 of the team’s 42 kills. Justine Luis and Victoria Valdez anchored the defense picking up 13 and 7 digs apiece, while freshman setters Sierra Moses and Adriana Skipper effectively ran the offense dishing out 37 assists and serving up 4 aces.
In the fourth set the Lady Dragons mounted a comeback but freshman middle blocker Chantel Woodard came up big picking up 2 key blocks and pounding out 4 of her 6 kills to stop the run.
Once again PC served aggressively racking up 9 aces and keeping PJC out of system a majority of the night.
Panola College is 1-0 in conference play and returns to action next Wednesday travelling to Lamar State College – Port Arthur at 7pm.
FILLIES SWEEP VERNON COLLEGE INVITATIONAL
The Panola College Fillies went 4-0 this past weekend in route to a tournament championship,
sweeping Hesston College (27-25, 25-19, 25-16) and Vernon College (26-24, 25-21, 25-21)
on the first day.
Sophomore outside hitter Kennedi Coleman paced the Fillies with 30 kills, 24 digs, and 3 solo blocks. Sophomore opposite Nathali Chaves racked up 18 kills of her own and picked up 3 aces.
The setting combination of Adriana Skipper and Sierra Moses has been very successful for PC, with both setters picking up double-digit assists (27 for Skipper and 39 for Moses) in each match played. Sophomore libero Justine Luis led the defense with 24 digs and picked up 5 aces.
On day two the Fillies continued their winning ways by sweeping Western Texas (25-22, 25-14, 25-8) and Eastfield College (25-12, 25-12, 25-13).
Nathali Chaves led the attack with 18 kills and freshman middle blocker Chantel Woodard had a solid all-around day adding 13 kills, 5 block assists and serving up 6 aces.
Once again the setting duo of Adriana Skipper and Sierra Moses produced big numbers
with Skipper picking up 26 assists and Moses adding 38. Justine Luis anchored the
defense with 21 digs, and Victoria Valdez added 11 of her own.
The Fillies won the serving and passing battle, picking up 33 aces while only allowing their opponents 8 the entire weekend.
Sophomores Kennedi Coleman and Justine Luis were both named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts this weekend.
PC returns to action for their conference opener at Paris Junior College Wednesday
night at 7:00 pm.
FILLIES OPEN SEASON 3-1 AFTER DANA HATCH INVITATIONAL
The Panola College Volleyball team opened season this past weekend with a strong showing, finishing 3-1 at the annual Dana Hatch Invitational hosted by Tyler Junior College.
ADVANCED SKILLS CLINICS REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED
We do still have space available in our Mini Camp for incoming 3rd-5th graders (9am-12pm), so walk-ins may be accepted at our 8am registration Monday morning for that camp only. Please be advised that t-shirts will be given to pre-registered campers first, and then offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We have been blessed to reach record-breaking attendance numbers each of the past two years and are eagerly anticipating the completion of our renovated gym and brand new fitness center to continue this trend! Thank you for all of your support. GO FILLIES!!
FILLIES VOLLEYBALL MEMBERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE
Congratulations to all the Panola College student-athletes who have earned the honor of being selected to the All-Academic Team for the 2013-2014 year. Not only have these student-athletes put in many hours for sports, they have obviously put in the time to earn high academic honors as well. Selected by the conference, honorees are student-athletes who have completed more than 36 hours with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and have lettered in a sport.
Below is a list of this year's recipients, including four of our very own Fillies. WAY TO GO PC!!
Ana Kiso - Volleyball - 3.64
Alison Akler - Volleyball - 3.62
Jaci Ledkins - Volleyball - 3.61
Haley Hampton - Volleyball - 3.33
Abby Mitchell - Women's Basketball - 3.91
Elizabeth Harrison - Women's Basketball - 3.75
Mariah Hardeman - Women's Basketball - 3.62
Shanica Baker - Women's Basketball - 3.29
Nicholas Marshall - Baseball - 3.87
Clint Cage - Baseball - 3.73
Rickey Roberts - Men's Basketball - 3.55
FILLIES VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS SIGN TO UNIVERSITIES
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce that three student-athletes from this year’s
sophomore class have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their education
and playing careers at universities this fall.
Ana Kiso will be attending Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX on a full volleyball scholarship. The sophomore setter from Belgrade, Serbia was a consistent contributor for the Fillies this season, leading the Fillies with 969 assists and picking up 13 double-doubles along the way. Her efforts earned her All-Conference Honorable Mention honors for Region XIV- North. Kiso posted her career high in assists with 57 against NJCAA DII National Champs Cowley County. Kiso has also maintained a high academic standard in her time at Panola College, earning a 3.69 GPA and a spot on the 2014 Region XIV All-Academic Team. Ana will continue her career as a PVAMU Lady Panther under the direction of Head Coach Alicia Pete. Prairie View is a NCAA Division I institution competing in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC).
J’Keisha Evans signed to attend Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. The sophomore outside hitter from Longview, TX made her presence known in her sophomore year by becoming a shut-down blocker and a go-to hitter in key situations for the Fillies. Evans averaged 2.29 kills per set, and had double-digit kills in 12 matches this season. She was also a dominant blocking force on the outside, averaging .55 blocks per set. She set her season high of 16 kills in a thrilling 4-game match against Vernon College. Her efforts also earned her All-Conference Honorable Mention honors for Region XIV- North. J’Keisha will be competing as a SFA Ladyjack under long-time Head Coach Debbie Humphreys. Stephen F. Austin is a NCAA Division I institution competing in the Southland Conference.
Haley Hampton has signed to continue her volleyball career and education at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. After spending her freshman season as an outside hitter, Hampton quickly transitioned to become a dominant middle blocker in 2013. Hampton was the lone Fillie selected to the 1st Team All-Conference list for her efforts this past season and was also chosen to represent Region XIV-North as an NJCAA All-American Nominee. She was second on the team in kills with 2.59 per set and third in blocks with 0.82 per set. She also notched double-digit kills in 13 matches this season. During the 5-game loss to top-ranked Blinn at the Regional Tournament, Hampton helped lead the Fillies with 10 kills on 22 swings for a .409 hitting efficiency. Haley’s accomplishments also extend past the court as earlier this week she was named to the Region XIV All-Academic Team with a 3.33 GPA. Haley will be competing as a Tennessee State Lady Tiger under Head Coach Kathy Roulhac. Tennessee State is a NCAA Division I institution competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.
All three student-athletes have performed numerous hours of community service, and exemplified hard work and dedication on and off the court. For a majority of the season they served as tri-captains for the Fillies, and their leadership was a key factor in the success that this young team had this year.
The Panola Volleyball program, Panola College staff and administration is extremely proud of these young ladies and wish them nothing but the best at the next level.
Summer Camp Dates Announced!
Monday June 30th - Thursday July 3rd
Junior Fillies Camp: Incoming 3rd - 5th grade, 9am-12pm
Advanced Skills Clinics: Incoming 6th - 12th grade, 1pm-5pm
Panola Volleyball is proud to announce that several Fillies players received conference honors for Region XIV-North this season.
Sophomore Hampton was the lone Fillie selected to the 1st Team All-Conference list. Hampton was second on the team in kills with 2.59 per set and third in blocks with 0.55 per set during conference play. She also notched double-digit kills in 5 out of 8 conference matches, and hit .345 or higher in 5 conference matches as well. During the 5-game loss to top-ranked Blinn this past weekend at the Regional Tournament, Hampton helped lead the Fillies with 10 kills on 22 swings for a .409 hitting efficiency. Hampton's play also earned her the privilege of being selected as an All-American Nominee for the conference, which will be voted on by the NJCAA in upcoming weeks.
Freshmen newcomers Kennedi Coleman, Justine Luis, and Nathali Chaves definitely made an impact in their first season at PC; all three were named 2nd Team All-Conference.
During conference, Coleman led the Fillies in kills per set with 3.55 and in blocks with 1.07 per set. She posted double-digit kills in 5 of 8 matches, and just missed double-digits with 9 kills in the remaining three. Her conference best came against TJC at home, in which she posted 19 kills on .441 hitting.
Luis was first on the team in digs and second in the whole North side of the conference with 4.48 per set. She was also third in the entire Region XIV conference that also includes the South teams. Justine posted double-digit digs in 7 of 8 conference matches, including five outings in which she tallied 15 digs or more.
Chaves was an all-around threat for the Fillies this season. She was fourth on the team in kills per set, first in the entire Region XIV conference in service aces with .55 per set, and second on the team in digs with 2.69 per set.
Sophomores Ana Kiso and J’Keisha Evans received Honorable Mention honors to round out Panola’s All-Conference selections. During conference, Kiso led PC with 276 assists, and Evans was third on the team with 2.31 kills per set.
Ranked among the top fifteen teams in the nation for the majority of the year, the Fillies finished the season 22-10 with all 10 losses coming to teams ranked in the nation's Top 20 in the latest poll.
The Fillies received key contributions from several players, including sophomore Haley Hampton who led the team in kills with 22 on the day. Freshman Nathali Chaves showed her all-around skill picking up 19 kills, 13 digs, and 5 aces. Sophomore J'Keisha Evans and freshman Sabrina e Silva contributed 15 kills apiece and freshman Kelsey Matus added 7. Sophomore setter Ana Kiso dished out 59 assists and also had one of her better defensive matches of the season picking up 18 digs. The defense was led by freshman libero Justine Luis with 31 digs, and freshman DS Victoria Valdez had a breakout match adding 14 of her own.
The Fillies return to action in the Region XIV Tournament, Friday, Nov. 8th at 1 p.m. against Blinn College at Tyler Junior College.
The Panola College Fillies traveled to Brookhaven College for a tri-match against the host school and Vernon College.
In the second natch of the day, the Fillies swept the host team Brookhaven 25-16, 25-16, 25-21. J'Keisha Evans again led the offense with 13 kills on 23 swings and Nathali Chaves added 9. Freshman setter Arielle Garcia had a breakout match picking up 31 assists and Justine Luis added 11 digs.
Fillies are now 20-5 on the season and return to conference play 7pm, Wednesday night at TJC.
FILLIES VOLLEYBALL 5TH ANNUALDIG PINK- OCT 19TH
We hope the whole community will come out to join us in taking a stand in the fight against breast cancer. Admission is free, but there will be a donation table available to raise funds for the Dig Pink Foundation, a support and advocacy organization dedicated to making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families by supporting clinical trials, increasing compassionate support services and educating communities.
For those who are unable to attend the match next Saturday afternoon but would still like to contribute to our cause, please visit our fundraising page to give a tax-deductible donation online at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7839.
The Panola College Fillies push to 18-5 on the season after a very successful weekend at the TJC Invitational, playing four matches in a 24-hour span.
The first match of the day was a thrilling 5-set victory over reigning NJCAA DII National
Champion Cowley County Community College, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 32-30, 15-9. The Fillies
had four players in double-digit kills: Kennedi Coleman led with 20, Haley Hampton
added 13, J'Keisha Evans notched 12, and Nathali Chaves picked up 10. Sabrina e Silva
also contributed 8. Ana Kiso had a great match setting her way to a season-high 57
assists. The defense got a huge lift with five players picking up double-digit digs:
Justine Luis led with 22 digs, Ali Akler added 15, Ana Kiso-14, Nathali Chaves-12,
and Victoria Valdez-10.
Fillies swept the second match of the day against New Mexico Military Academy 25-18, 25-21, 25-16. Nathali Chaves and Kennedi Coleman led the offense with 10 kills apiece, and J'Keisha Evans contributed 9. Ana Kiso picked up 30 assists and had 14 digs to produce a very sound victory.
Day two opened up with PC defeating Seminole State College in 4, 20-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-13. Kennedi Coleman led the offense with 18 kills, Haley Hampton added 11, and Ana Kiso picked up 48 assists with 16 digs. Justine Luis and Nathali Chaves contributed double-digit digs with 18 and 11 apiece.
In the second match of the day, the Fillies swept Redlands 25-15, 25-20, 25-11. Nathali Chaves led with 10 kills and Ana Kiso picked up 32 assists. Justine Luis led the defense with 17 digs.
Panola College returns to action Saturday at Brookhaven in a tri-match with Vernon College and the host Brookhaven. Conference play resumes Wednesday, Oct 16 at TJC.
After a tough loss to 6th-ranked Tyler Junior College Wednesday, the Fillies took down Paris College in 4 on the Lady Dragons home court 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16.
The offense remained very balanced with three Fillies in double-digit kills. Freshman Kennedi Coleman led the team with 17 kills and 3 solo blocks. The sophomore duo of Haley Hampton and J'Keisha Evans had 11 kills each, and freshmen Nathali Chaves and Sabrina e Silva contributed with 7 kills apiece. Sophomore Ana Kiso had a stellar day, dishing out 44 assists and picking up 12 digs. The trio of Justine Luis, Ali Akler, and Victoria Valdez led the defense with 16, 10, and 8 digs apiece.
Panola College was able to stay in control with aggressive serving, solid blocking, and lock-down defense. The Fillies picked up 9 aces, 9 blocks, and 67 digs.
The Fillies return to action again Wednesday night at TVCC to finish up the first round of conference. PC is now 13-4 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
The Fillies opened up the weekend with a sweep of NCTC, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20. Sophomore
MB Haley Hampton led with 15 kills, sophomore OH J'Keisha Evans contributed 7 kills
and a solo block. Freshman OH Jaci Ledkins had a breakout match with 6 kills, and
freshman libero Justine Luis picked up 10 digs to anchor the defense. Sophomore setter
Ana Kiso tallied 30 assists and 8 digs, and freshman RS Nathali Chaves had 5 aces.
In the second match of the day, Panola College swept Neosho 25-17, 25-17, 25-23. J'Keisha Evans paced the offense with 11 kills and 2 blocks. Freshman OH Kennedi Coleman hit .400 with 10 kills, Nathali Chaves contributed heavily with 6 kills, 7 digs, and 3 aces. Ana Kiso had 28 assists and 10 digs.
Panola College dropped the final match of the day to a very scrappy TVCC team in 4,
25-17, 17-25, 23-25, 20-25. Kennedi Coleman and Nathali Chaves had 19 and 12 kills
apiece. Ana Kiso contributed 35 assists and 11 digs, and Justine Luis had a career-high
27 digs in the effort.
Panola returns to action Tuesday when they travel to Temple College for their second match up of the season.
The Fillies opened up conference play on the road at Navarro College and came home with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 sweep. The win was a total team effort with all 14 active players seeing action.
Sophomore middle blocker Haley Hampton led the Fillies with 10 kills on a blistering .470 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Ana Kiso recorded 26 assists, freshman libero Justine Luis had 11 digs, and freshman defensive specialist Victoria Valdez tallied 3 aces. The Fillies totaled 9 team blocks and kept Navarro's hitters from getting in any sort of rhythm all night.
Panola returns to action Friday at the North Central Texas College Invitational versus NCTC.
Panola College Volleyball proved once again to be a solid tournament team going 2-1 on the weekend; which included a victory over perennial power and eighth-ranked Blinn College on their home court.
The weekend started with a sweep of Temple College 25-13, 25-18, 25-19. The Fillies were boosted by the all-around efforts of freshman Kennedi Coleman who contributed 5 kills, 3 solo blocks, 9 digs, and 2 aces. Ana Kiso had her first double-double of the season, dishing out 20 assists and picking up 12 digs.
Round two of tournament play proved to be challenge when Hill College swept the Fillies 18-25, 24-26, 19-25. J’Keisha Evans led the team with 8 kills and Ana Kiso had 25 assists.
The Fillies picked up a signature win against the tournament host Blinn College taking them down in 5, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. The trio of Kennedi Coleman, J’Keisha Evans, and Nathali Chaves led the offense with a total of 35 kills, each contributing double-digit kills. Ana Kiso posted 45 assists and Justine Luis picked up 18 digs. The Fillies out-blocked the much bigger Buccaneers 12 to 7 and kept them off balance all night with tough serves that led to 12 aces. This marks the first time since 2008 that the Fillies have defeated Blinn.
Panola College is now 7-2 on the season and opens conference play at Navarro on Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
Fillies Start the Season Strong
After dropping the opening game of the season to thirteenth ranked Blinn College, the Fillies rebounded to win 5 matches in a row including a sweep of eighth ranked Missouri State University – West Plains. The Fillies were led throughout the match by sophomore Haley Hampton, contributing five kills and 2 solo blocks. Sophomore Ana Kiso ran the offense effectively totaling 20 assists, and freshman Nathali Chaves recorded 14 digs.
The Fillies finished up the Dana Hatch Tournament with two more wins on Saturday against Gulf Coast State College and Richland College. Nathali Chaves showcased her versatility against Gulf Coast by totaling 8 kills and 14 digs, and Ana Kiso added 24 assists. Against Richland College, Haley Hampton and Nathali Chaves led the offense again with 4 kills each, Ana Kiso had 18 assists, and freshman libero Justine Luis anchored the defense with 12 digs.
Following the Dana Hatch Invitational, the Fillies hosted their first home matches of the season against Brookhaven and NCTC. The Fillies cruised to victory with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 sweep of Brookhaven. Freshman Kennedi Coleman led the offense with 5 kills, and Justine Luis continued her solid defense with 17 digs.
In the final match of the day, the Fillies defeated NCTC 29-27, 22-25, 25-5, 25-16, but the Lady Lions pushed the Fillies to their limits. Behind the efforts of Haley Hampton, the Fillies took control of games 3 and 4 to finish the match on a high note. Hampton had 8 kills, 2 solo blocks, and tallied an incredible .889 hitting percentage. Libero Justine Luis had 24 digs and Ana Kiso dished out 30 assists.
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.