Volleyball

ABILENE -- Andy Cavins secured his 300th career head coaching victory as unbeaten, third-ranked Navarro won four matches at the Wrangler/Ranger Round Up hosted by Cisco and Ranger Colleges. [caption id="attachment_915442" align="alignleft" width="200"] Andy Cavins: 300 career wins[/caption] The Bulldogs overcame an 0-2 deficit in their first match against seventh-ranked Division II Cowley, but rallied for a decisive fifth-game victory.  Afterward, Navarro rolled to consecutive 3-0 sweeps over Seminole State, Ok., Laredo and host Cisco. Navarro 3, Cowley 2 NC came back from losses of 25-22, 26-24 to defeat Cowley, 25-19, 25-15, 15-4 as Jordan Russell had a team-high 25 kills and 53 total attacks.  Emily Witt added 48 assists.  Patricia Pantoja recorded her first kill-dig double-double (10/14).  Carla Boudal totaled a team-high 22 digs for the Bulldogs. Friday's match was the first this season in which the Bulldogs were extended to a fifth game. Navarro 3, Seminole State 0 The Bulldogs hit .474 in a 25-8, 25-8, 25-10 sweep of Seminole State as Madison Schultz led NC with 12 kills.  Emily Witt provided 34 assists and Carla Boudal added 13 digs in the three-game match. Ola Rojecka made her debut with four kills and four block-assists. Navarro 3, Laredo 0 The 'Dawgs scored a 25-12, 25-21, 25-14 win...

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Unbeaten Navarro volleyball ascended to the No. 3 ranking in the season's first NJCAA regular-season poll, matching the program's highest national rating. Easier said, coach Andy Cavins' Bulldogs are picking up right where coach Ronda Shirley's 2018 Bulldogs finished.  After release of the final regular-season poll of 2018, NC's third-ranked squad (34-3) qualified for the NJCAA Tournament and finished among the Elite Eight. Cavins' taller and deeper version carries a 5-0 record to the Big Country this weekend when they compete in the Wrangler/Ranger Roundup that begins Friday at Cisco and Ranger Colleges. On Friday afternoon, Navarro draws a pair of NJCAA Division II opponents in unbeaten Cowley, Ks., (3-0), at 1 pm and Seminole State, Ok., (2-5), at 5 pm. On Saturday, the 'Dawgs face Region XIV foe Laredo (7-2) in an 11 am non-conference clash and then wrap up with a match against coach Susan Moore's Cisco Lady Wranglers (6-3). Other teams competing in the two-day classic include Garden City, Ks., (1-10), New Mexico JC (1-7) and Ranger (3-3). The Bulldogs currently lead the NJCAA in kills per set (14.76), assists per set (13.16) and points per set (19.0).  Individually, sophomore frontliners Deja Arnold (.614) and Monica Wood (.578) rank 1-2...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- Navarro Volleyball's ‘Family Tree’ is growing and roots are spreading. No less than eight former Bulldogs play now at the next level, and some debut this weekend. Senior Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference middle hitter Carol Barbosa returns to Little Rock after a 19-13 season in which she ranked second on the Trojans in blocks (99), third in kills (251) and hit .357 – a mark that was second on the squad and third in the Sun Belt. Barbosa and Little Rock open their season Friday in the two-day Arkansas Classic at Fayetteville where they will face Montana State, the University of Arkansas and Northwestern State, La. Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Foy and the Jacksonville University Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference begin their season Friday at The Missouri State Tournament in Springfield, Mo., where they will face DePaul, Missouri State and Southeast Missouri. Foy hit .336 last year, led NC in kills (295) and points (413) and earned NJCAA All-Tournament Team honors. Junior outside hitter Hannah Barosh and Southeastern Louisiana’s Lions also open Friday. They’ll participate in the two-day Jax State Invitational at Jacksonville, Al., against Troy, East Tennessee and the host Gamecocks. Barosh, who helped NC to a 65-20 two-year...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun Navarro’s new coach Andy Cavins knows what’s he’s got to work with and the Bulldogs showed just why they’re the No. 8 ranked team in the nation on Tuesday night in the Wolens SEC, where they beat Eastfield 3-1 to improve to 5-0 for the season. The fast start include four wins in Tyler over the weekend for a Navarro program that wants to build on the last two seasons when Hall of Fame coach Ronda Shirley lifted the program, that had won just six times the year before she arrived to national prominence. Last year’s Bulldogs were the first to reach the NJCAA nationals, and Cavins was hired to get the Dawgs back there. [caption id="attachment_915442" align="alignleft" width="200"] Head Coach Andy Cavins[/caption] “She (Shirley) is a terrific coach and did a great job here the last two years,” said Cavins, who is a legendary coach himself. “I think we can build on that. I think that’s why they brought me in here.” Navarro’s front line dominated the match Tuesday, and you can look of more of the same from players such as Jordan Russell, a 6-2 sophomore transfer from the University of Houston, who had several impressive kills and...

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...