Navarro’s volleyball program earned a aspot in the national polls the last two seasons under Hall of Fame coach Rhonda Shirley, and this year’s Bulldogs team is flying even higher under new coach Andy Cavins.
The Bulldogs, who made their first trip to the NJCAA national tournament last year, opened the season as the No. 8 team in the nation in the NJCAA’s Division I preseason poll, and Cavin’s team has already made its mark after racing out to a 5-0 start.
The Bulldogs moved up form No. 8 to No. 3 in the nation this week, the highest the team has ever been ranked in the NJCAA poll.
The Bulldogs have several outstanding players leading the way, including setter Emily Witt, who was one of the top setters and leaders in the nation in assists last year.
Witt is currently ranked No. 2 in the country in assists per set (11.82).
Deja Arnold is ranked No. 2 in the nation in hitting percentage (.614) and Monica Wood is ranked No. 3 (.578).
Navarro’s front has been formidable and Jordan Russell, a transfer from the University of Houston, leads the Dawgs in kills with 62 with Wood right behind her with 56.
Libero Carla Boudal, who is from France, leads the team with 68 digs and Witt leads the Dawgs with 201 assists.
Navarro will be on the road this weekend playing in the Cisco Ranger Invitational, where the Dawgs play Seminole State and Cowley on Friday and face Laredo and Cisco on Saturday.