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Pirates open TCCSL volleyball play Saturday at home

team photo The Victoria College Pirates will make their Texas Collegiate Club Sports League opener Saturday at 2 p.m. against Northeast Lakeview College at VC’s Sports Center.

Victoria College volleyball head coach Josh Moore hopes a tough pre-conference schedule has prepared his Pirates for a run at the Texas Collegiate Club Sports League title.

Victoria College has compiled an 8-14 record against mostly National Junior College Athletic Association teams entering Saturday’s TCCSL opener at 2 p.m. against Northeast Lakeview College at VC’s Sports Center.

The Pirates took San Jacinto College, ranked 13th in the latest NJCAA poll, to five sets before falling to the Ravens on Oct. 20.

“San Jac has a pretty strong team, and for us to put up that showing and have an opportunity to win that match was crazy good,” Moore said. “This year has been the best for us as far as playing against NJCAA-sanctioned opponents. Our confidence is very high going into conference.”

VC won the TCCSL title in 2015-16, but lost in last season’s championship match.

“They are very hungry,” Moore said. “It’s one of those deals where all the pieces just weren’t there at the end of the season. But we’re going into conference play very strong this year.”

The Pirates’ 13-player roster is made up entirely of former high school standouts from the Crossroads area. Moore said this year’s team has the depth to recapture the conference title.

“There is still a long season ahead of us, but we have so many interchangeable parts on this team that if somebody happens to go down or have a bad game, we have somebody to fill in,” Moore said.

Members of VC’s 2017-18 team are, front row from left, Hannah Wright (Victoria East), Jocelyn Watkins (Victoria East), Skylar Chreene (Industrial), Kaely Perez (Victoria East) and Bailey Brown (Edna), and, back row, Bethany Salziger (Goliad), Katy Salziger (Goliad), Victoria McDevitt (Victoria West), Kadi Elledge (Edna), Jami Shimek (Hallettsville Sacred Heart), Kate Sexton (Palacios), Erin Miksch (Flatonia) and Kaylin Dworsky (Hallettsville Sacred Heart).