The court will no longer be silent, as the 2016 Volleyball season is only days away.
Last season the Javelina volleyball team gave Coach Tanya Allen her first .500 record in conference play. It was a breakthrough five years in the making.
The Javelinas finished the season 19-15.
This season the team returns its entire 2015 starting unit, including juniors and seniors entering their third season of play together. “The biggest thing for them is their maturity level,” Allen said of her upperclassmen players.
“They’re going to stay calm, they’re not going to get rattled, and they’re going to know what’s expected of them all the time.”
This corps starts off with a solid base from junior defensive specialist Brett Zaccardo.
This will be her third season donning the starting libero jersey after finishing second in total digs (637) and digs per set (4.98) in Lone Star Conference (LSC) action.
Allen is also counting on LSC Pre-Season Setter of the Year Casey Klobedans to contribute to her team’s success this year.
Klobedans, in her junior season, set a season and career high last year with 1,283 sets–good enough to place her third in the LSC. She’s in the record books with sole possession of second place for the most assists in a single-season in Javelina history.
With another stellar year in her midst, Klobedans has an opportunity at breaking the All-Time Javelina Assists record.
The killer pair of outside hitters in Krystal Faison and Ashley Bukowski will spearhead the Javelina attack.
Faison, also is in her third season, appeared in every game of her freshman and sophomore season. Her constant presence on the court places her in the top five in many conference categories, including kills (391), digs (483), and service aces (37).
Like Faison, Bukowski played all 65 games in two seasons as a Javelina. She finished third on the team in kills with 350 and contributed 32 of the Javelinas’ 176 service aces, putting them firmly in first place in the LSC.
Other notable returners include Junior Krystal Puente as well as sophomores Haley Hutchinson and Madison Brabham.
The Javelinas are jumping into a newly revamped LSC, which was re-aligned into 11 teams with the addition of University of Texas Permian-Basin and Western New Mexico.
With a tougher test in an expanded conference, the Hogs are looking to finish better than last season’s fourth place LSC finish.
The team begins the season Sept. 2 against Southwest Baptist at the Christian Brothers Invitational in Memphis, Tenn. First serve at 12:30 p.m.
The Hoggies rank fifth in LSC’s pre-season poll.For updates follow @JavelinaVB and @JavelinaSports.