Lockwood POY as NC dominates All-Region

Lockwood POY as NC dominates All-Region

By MIKE MONTFORT

Five members of the unbeaten, top-ranked Navarro Bulldogs were recognized on the All-Region XIV Volleyball Team, highlighted by the selection of sophomore transfer Jordan Lockwood as “Player Of The Year.”

Unsurprisingly, coach Andy Cavins’ NJCAA Mid-South A District Champions hauled in a treasure trove of post-season awards that included three first-teamers, one second-teamer and an honorable mention, plus two superlatives.

Lockwood, who transferred here from The University of Houston, leads the Bulldogs in kills (329), attacks (795) and points (392). The 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Friendswood has 19 matches of double figures in kills this season and ranks 14th in the NJCAA in kills per set (3.87). She has three kill/dig double-doubles this season.

Joining Lockwood on the first team are sophomores Deja Arnold and Monica Wood.

Arnold, a six-foot middle blocker from Wichita, Ks., ranks second in the NJCAA in hitting percentage (.490), sixth in blocks-per-set (1.48), 14th in total blocks (127) and 15th in block solos (42). She’s had 14 matches with 10 or more kills and six matches with eight or more blocks. Arnold has accounted for 323 points for the Bulldogs this season.

Wood, a six-footer from Waller, emerged this season with the fourth-best hitting percentage in the NJCAA (.468). Wood is second in kills on the squad (240) and has eight matches with double-figure kills.

Second-team honors went to sophomore setter Emily Witt, and freshman Carla Boudal earned honorable mention recognition and shared ‘Libero Of The Year’.

Witt, currently hitting .525, ranks 13th in total assists (979), but fourth in assists per set (11). Her sophomore-season resume includes seven matches of 40 or more assists, with a high of 56. The six-footer from Rose Hill, Ks., also has 44 kills and 50 total blocks. With 11 double-doubles, she has 25 for her Navarro career.

Boudal, a 5-foot-5 freshman from Mougins, France, has a team-high 463 digs and ranks 22nd in the NJCAA with 5.2 per set. In nine contests, she’s had 20 or more digs, including a season-high 28 Saturday against Tyler.

Navarro now is Top-20 ranked statistically in seven categories, through Monday’s reporting update. The Bulldogs are third in hitting percentage (.353) and kills-per-set (13.40), fourth in points-per-set (17.7) and blocks-per-set (3.09), eighth in assists-per-set (11.89), 17th in block-assists (346) and 20th in total blocks (275).