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Navarro Volleyball will host a tryout at 9 am Thursday, December 6 at The Wolens Special Events Center, coach Ronda Shirley announced. Cost is $25, paid by cash, check or money order to Navarro Volleyball. Participants must fill out registration forms and liability waivers before tryouts.  Participants should wear a shirt with name or number on the back. Click on the pdf links below to access the sign-up sheet and the waiver: Navarro College Volleyball Tryout Form 2018 NAVARRO COLLEGE ATHLETIC TRYOUTS WAIVER...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun Navarro's incredible, breakthrough volleyball season is over. It ended on the national stage, a platform Navarro had never seen or been a part of before -- a place and pedestal that is sure to be a part of Navarro's future now. Navarro volleyball will never be the same. And that may be the statement that defines this season more than any other, far more than the Bulldogs' final match -- a 3-1 loss to Polk State in the consolation bracket at the Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks, where the Bulldogs entered with so much hope and heart and left with an eighth-place finish. Eighth place in the nation can mean a lot of things. It's a place where disappointment and celebration mingle together in a unique dance for Navarro, which won so much more while suffering heartbreak. If you had told anyone at Navarro last year that the volleyball program, which won only six matches in 2016, would finish eighth in the nation they would have laughed and said you were crazy. But that's exactly what happened to the program once Hall of Fame coach Ronda Shirley took over. Six victories in 2016 turned into 65 over this remarkable,...

HUTCHINSON, Ks. -- Coach Jim Gush's Navarro Bulldogs (6-4) Wednesday morning accepted an invitation to play 13th-ranked Hutchinson (8-3) in the 10th Annual Salt City Bowl at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Ks., on December 1. The Bulldogs will be making their 20th bowl appearance, and first at the Salt City Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 1 pm CST. Navarro is 13-5-1 in bowl games, with a six-game winning streak. The Bulldogs last appeared in the 2013 Brazos Valley Bowl and defeated Hinds CC, Ms., 34-27, at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. NC's bowl winning streak began in 2007 with a 24-21 win over Georgia Military in the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl at Sam Parker Field in Mount Pleasant. Navarro won Heart of Texas Bowls in 2009, 2011 and 2012; and the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, Ks., for the 2010 NJCAA Championship. The Bulldogs and Hutchinson have met twice previously. They played two seasons (2012 and 2013) in the old season-opening Kansas-SWJCFC Challenge Series. Navarro won 54-34 at Corsicana in 2012, and 41-16 at Hutchinson in 2013. Hutchinson will be making its 21st all-time bowl appearance -- their last eight in the Salt City Bowl.  The Blue Dragons are 11-7-2 in bowl games and 6-1 in the...

FOLEY, Al. -- Navarro got second-half goals from Roneisha Frank and Valentina Carvajal about one-minute-and-a-half apart, and the sixth-seeded Bulldogs went on to eliminate Paradise Valley's Pumas from Pool C  and championship contention, 2-1. Navarro (15-2-1) and third-seeded Iowa Western meet at 3 pm Wednesday to determine a Pool C winner who will advance to Friday's NJCAA Tournament Semifinals.   An outright win or a victory via penalty kicks will allow one team to jump from the pool into the final four. Navarro outshot the Pumas 7-1, launched three shots on goal and had two corner kicks during the first 45 minutes and kept firing blanks.  After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs finally broke through at the 55:57 juncture, when freshman Roneisha Frank planted her seventh goal of the season firmly into the back of the netting. At 57:30, team-leading goal scorer Valentina Carvajal took Wasila Diwura's feed and drilled her 19th into the net for some quick insurance.  PVCC, stunned Monday by Iowa Western's four-goal flurry within five minutes, was unable to respond. PVCC avoided its third shutout loss of the season when team-leading scorer Katie Townsend tallied her 26th at 88:45. Wednesday will be decision day in all pools. Monroe CC of Rochester,...

By MIKE MONTFORT       (with Links)    -- HUTCHINSON, Ks. – Fourth-seeded Navarro Volleyball (37-4) makes its NJCAA Tournament debut Thursday in a 3 pm match at The Sports Arena against 13th-seeded Northeastern Junior College (26-5) of Sterling, Col. Coach Ronda Shirley’s Region XIV runner-up Bulldogs enter the three-day, 16-team tournament with the most wins of any qualifier this season. Shirley, a former coach at Hutchinson CC and Tyler, is directing a team from a third program into the national tournament for the ninth time since 2004. After 14 consecutive runner-up finishes during Western Nebraska’s 19-year regional championship reign, the Northeastern Plainswomen captured the Region IX Tournament in Cheyenne, Wy., last week and bring a five-match winning streak into Hutch. That’s not a typo. And, it’s not just a dream for NJC. The 13-team Region IX volleyball league that’s currently split into zones has boiled down -- for the better part of almost two decades -- to Western Nebraska’s Cougars, 1, and Northeastern’s Plainswomen, 2. Jessica Squiers, a former NJC player (2006-07) now in her seventh season as coach, knows her Plainswomen aren’t bridesmaids this season. Much like they have battled back from injuries, they battled from a two-game deficit to beat North...