Volleyball

Navarro College named Andy Cavins as its new head volleyball coach Thursday. “We are very fortunate to have Andy join the Bulldog family and lead Navarro Volleyball,” Athletic Director Michael Landers said. “He has a proven track record of success and has shown the ability to build and maintain a national championship caliber program. That is where the bar has now been set for our volleyball program, and we are excited to see the heights that Andy and his team can reach here at Navarro.” [caption id="attachment_915442" align="alignleft" width="200"] ANDY CAVINS[/caption] Cavins, the all-time winningest volleyball coach at Lindsey Wilson College (LWC), produced an .877 winning percentage (272-38) during his eight-year stay at the Columbia, KY., school. He led the Blue Raiders to eight consecutive NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Tournament appearances, including a national title in 2017, two NAIA Fab Fours and four straight national quarterfinal appearances. He guided LWC to eight straight 30-win seasons, including a 33-4 mark in 2018. His 2017 national champions posted a 35-0 record and dropped only five sets during the season. In 2015, Blue Raiders won a program record 37 matches. Before his arrival, LWC had one 30-win season (1999). Cavins recruited and coached one...

Navarro College’s head volleyball coach Ronda Shirley has been named to the head coaching position The University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans volleyball team. “While it is a major loss for Navarro College, we are very excited for Ronda and her family for this great career opportunity,” said Michael Landers, Athletic Director. “She changed the culture of our volleyball program the moment she stepped on campus and has set us up to continue to build on the success the program has had over the past two seasons.” Shirley, an NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, takes over a struggling USC Upstate Spartan program that’s experienced 11 losing seasons in its first 12 of NCAA Division I volleyball as a member of The Big South Conference. The Spartanburg, SC, university enjoyed great success at NAIA and Division II levels, but its most successful D-I season since 2007 was a 15-15 finish in 2015. Rebuilding projects are nothing new to Shirley, whose two Navarro teams went 65-19 with unprecedented successes after transforming the culture of a program that went 6-30 in 2016. Last season, Shirley’s school-record-setting Bulldogs went 38-7, earned a program-high No. 3 ranking, claimed a No. 4 seed in their first-ever NJCAA Tournament...

Two sophomore members of coach Ronda Shirley's Navarro Bulldogs volleyball team -- Bailey Foy and Viktoria Velika -- graduated in December. They now are enrolled for spring semester classes at four-year university programs in Florida with the intent to continue to play volleyball. Foy, an NJCAA All-Tournament selection, will be at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, playing for the Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Velika, a first-team All-Region XIV conference outside hitter, will attend NCAA Division II Barry University of Miami Shores, Fla., and play for the Buccaneers of the Sunshine State Conference. Foy and Velika helped Navarro to a school-best 38-7 record, the No. 3 NJCAA ranking and an Elite Eight finish in its first-ever NJCAA Volleyball Tournament appearance.        ...

BY MIKE MONTFORT  --- Sophomore libero Luana Almeida became Navarro volleyball's second NJCAA All-American in as many seasons Monday. Then on Wednesday, she became the first Bulldog volleyball player to earn All-America recognition on two teams, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named her as a third-team selection their squad. The 5-9 sophomore from Rio de Janeiro was selected as an NJCAA second-team All-American after helping to lead Navarro to its winningest season (38-7), its highest ranking (No. 3), and a fourth-seed in its first national tournament. Almeida follows the trail blazed last season by Carol Barbosa.  Barbosa, now completing her junior year at Little Rock, was a first-team All-American after leading NC to a 27-12 record and the Region XIV Tournament semifinals. Almeida led Navarro in matches played (45), sets played (155), digs (642) and service aces (48).  She averaged 4.1 digs per set during the season. She also finished second in assists. Almeida was chosen by Region XIV East Coaches as the zone's Newcomer of the Year, the Libero of the Year and a member of the first-team all-conference squad.  ...

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...