Jordan Lockwood

Daily Sun File photo/Ron Farmer

Navarro’s Jordan Lockwood, seen here during the regular season, and Navarro’s Deja Arnold were both named to the NJCAA’s DI All-American volleyball team.

Navarro takes a perfect record to Hutchinson, Kansas, where the Bulldogs open play in the NJCAA Volleyball Tournament Thursday with hopes of winning the school's first national title in volleyball.

Navarro made its first trip to the national tournament last year and finished in the top eight teams in the country, and is back under new coach Andy Cavins, who has lifted the program to new heights.

The Bulldogs are 27-0 and the No.1-ranked team in the NJCAA Division I poll and the top-seed in the tournament. They open play at 1 p.m. Thursday against 16th-seeded Monroe (N.Y.) and are four victories away from the national title.

A win against Monroe would send Navarro to the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the New Mexico Military Institute-Hillsborough (Fla.) match.

The semifinals are on Friday and the championship game is Saturday.

The Bulldogs are led by Jordan Lockwood, a transfer from the University of Houston who was named the Region XIV Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs in kills this season with 329. Lockwood is 14th in the NJCAA in kills per set (3.87).

Deja Arnold, a sophomore who was a key member of last year's run at Navarro, is one of the top blockers in the nation. Arnold is No. 2 in the NJCAA in hitting percentage (.490) and ranked sixth in blocks per set (1.48). She is  14th in total blocks (127) and 15th in solo blocks (42).

Monica Wood, another sophomore who was a key member of last year's team, is fourth in the nation in hitting percentage (.468) and second on the team in kills with 240.

Emily Witt, a sophomore who has been one of the top setters in the nation in both of her seasons at Navarro, was the MVP of the Region XIV Tournament, which Navarro won easily in Tyler.  Witt is fourth in the nation in assists per set (11) and 13th in the nation in total sets (979). 

Freshman libero Carla Boudal is 22nd in the nation in digs with 5.2 per set, and has 463 digs for the season.

Navarro is not only 27-0, but the Bulldogs have swept 20 of those matches and have gone to five sets only once all season.

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