The 2018-19 Victoria College Pirates volleyball team.
The Victoria College Pirates should be battle-tested by the time they open Texas Collegiate Club Sports League volleyball play in October.
The Pirates’ season opener Wednesday at Wharton County Junior College begins a rugged pre-league schedule against National Junior College Athletic Association foes, including three matches against Blinn College, which is ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA preseason poll.
“Wednesday is our first test. We’ll see how it goes,” VC head coach Josh Moore said. “Doing well in our first match is important because we’ve got 12 matches in the next 12 days.”
The Pirates will travel to Brenham where they will face Illinois Central College and Blinn College on Friday and Laredo College and Midland College on Saturday in the Kruse Kickoff Classic. VC will compete in the Scottsdale Community College Classic in Arizona on Sept. 6-8 before making its home opener on Sept. 11 against Blinn College.
“We played well against Blinn last year,” said Industrial grad Skylar Chreene, VC’s sophomore libero. “I am hoping we have a better chance this year of beating them. That would show that we can eventually play at their level.”
Chreene is one of seven players returning from last year’s 26-16 team that won the TCCSL title with a 16-0 league record. Also returning are 5-11 outside hitter Katy Salziger (Goliad), 5-8 outside hitter Hannah Wright (Victoria East), 5-6 outside hitter Kaely Perez (Victoria East), 5-7 setter Bailey Brown (Edna), 5-10 outside hitter Kate Sexton (Palacios) and 5-11 middle blocker Victoria McDevitt (Victoria West).
“Winning the TCCSL Final Four gives us a lot of confidence heading into this year,” Wright said. “I think we’ve looked pretty good so far. We have a lot of new players, and they’re working into the rotations pretty good. I think we just need to focus on working together as a team.”
“We’ve got a good group coming back,” said VC head coach Josh Moore. “We have to replace our two middle blockers who played two years for us. One of our main goals is trying to figure out what we’re going to do there. But I think this group will pay well together.”
Newcomers to the team this year are 5-1 defensive specialist Samantha Fuentez (Victoria East), 5-9 middle blocker Hope Trevino (Los Fresnos), 5-7 outside hitter Gabby Weido (Columbus), 5-3 setter Amber Hernandez (Converse Judson) and 5-7 setter Sarah Kusak (Industrial).
Photo caption: Members of the 2018-19 Victoria College Pirates volleyball team are, kneeling, Skylar Chreene, and, standing from left, Samantha Fuentez, Kaely Perez, Hannah Wright, Hope Trevino, Kate Sexton, Victoria McDevitt, Katy Salziger, Bailey Brown, Sarah Kusak, Gabby Weido and Amber Hernandez.