Deja Arnold slams home a kill against Blinn

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Navarro’s Deja Arnold, one of the top hitters in the nation, slams home a kill for No. 1 Navarro.

Navarro’s nationally-ranked Bulldogs volleyball team just keeps making history.

The Bulldogs became the first at Navarro to earn the No. 1 volleyball ranking in the nation this week.

The Dawgs have one regular season game remaining on Friday at Victoria, where they will enter with a 23-0 record.

The Bulldogs, who had been ranked No. 2 in the nation for the past five weeks, moved ahead of Polk State, which saw its season-long 20-game winning streak snapped with a  loss to Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The Dawgs were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation for the first time last season under coach Ronda Shirley, who turned the program upside down in her two years at Navarro, and now Andy Cavins, who took over when Shirley left, has taken Navarro to new heights.

Cavins took the job with high expectations and has lifted Navarro to the top of the NJCAA poll as his team received all seven votes this week.

Shirley took the Bulldogs to the NJCAA national tournament for the first time in school history last season, and Cavin’s team took the momentum from that ride and began the season ranked No. 8 in the nation and moved up to the No. 3 spot for two weeks before taking over at No. 2 position on Sept.. 16, where they stayed until this week’s poll was released.

The Dawgs are 7-0 in Region XIV play and have clinched the regular season title. They will be the No. 1 seed when the region tournament begins Nov. 1 in Tyler.

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