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Richland College Volleyball Updates


Playing in its first action of the regular season, the Richland College volleyball team lost four hard-fought matches in the 2011 Coach Dana Hatch Invitational at Tyler Junior College, 

The T-Ducks lost to Coastal Bend (25-21, 25-22, 25-22), Laredo (25-16, 25-11, 25-19), Northern Oklahoma-Enid (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) and Wharton (25-12, 25-18, 25-15).

Richland will play its first home match of the season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 against Southwestern Adventist.

Volleyball team set to host final tryout for 2011 season on Sunday, April 17

The Richland College volleyball team will hold its final tryout for the 2011 sesaon on Sunday, April 17. For more information regarding the tryout, contact T-Duck head coach Zelda Smith at 972.238.3774 or e-mail . Entering the upcoming season, the T-Ducks have thus far signed the following:

–          Danielle (LaReisha) Murphy – Longview High School

–          Shanteria Riley – Greenville Highs School

–          Ashley Cain  – Frost High School

–          Jessica Batres – Molina High School

–          Rayla Edwards – Mt. Pleasant High School

–          Morgan MCFadden  – Lewisville High School

–          Crystal Calderon  – South Garland High

–          Cassondra Delp – Crossroads High

–          Erin Samples – Malakoff High School

–          Kaitlyn Burks – Malakokk High School

–          Chelsea Goolsby  – Boswell High

–          Taisha Brown – Channelview High

Volleyball team wins back-to-back matches

Richland College’s volleyball team ended regular season play on a winning note on Monday, Oct. 25 when the T-Ducks defeated Cedar Valley College, 25-19, 25-19, 25-14.

The win followed another victory over Mountain View College, 25-18, 25-10, 15-17, on Thursday, Oct. 21. The T-Ducks have won five out of their past nine matches.

Volleyball team hitting stride; split four matches

Playing arguably its best volleyball of the season, the T-Ducks began last week’s play with a tough five-set loss to Cedar Valley College before responding with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-22 win over Southwestern Christian College on Thursday, Oct. 7.

In their Richland Quad Match on Saturday, Oct. 9, the T-Ducks defeated Southwestern Christian College, 25-11, 25-9, 25-13 and lost in straight sets to Hill College, an NJCAA Division I institution.

Meanwhile, Richland’s ShaQuoia Mask of Sherman ranks No. 12 in kills per set among NJCAA Division III players with a 3.33 average, Krystal Willis of DeSoto ranks No. 21 in digs per set at 4.08 and Ashley Holt of DeSoto ranks No. 22 in assists per set at 7.23. 

Tonight, Richland is scheduled to travel and play Brookhaven College at 7 p.m. before hosting Southwestern Adventist at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The T-Ducks finish their play this week with another road match against Eastfield College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Volleyball team defeats Mountain View College

Richland College’s volleyball team rebounded from a loss to North Lake College on Monday, Sept. 27 with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Mountain View College on Thursday, Sept. 30.

The win was the third of the season for the T-Ducks, who ended last week’s play with hard-fought losses to Galveston College and Trinity Valley Community College – both NJCAA Division III colleges. Against Trinity Valley, Richland won one game 25-21.

The T-Ducks are scheduled to resume action at 7 p.m. tonight at home against Cedar Valley College. The T-Ducks travel to play Southwestern Christian College at 6 p.m. on Thursday before hosting their Richland Quad Match on Saturday.


The volleyball team’s season came to an end on Saturday, Oct. 31 but not before the T-Ducks advanced to the Metro Athletic Conference championship game and gave Brookhaven College everything it could handle in a 25-21, 25-21, 25-19 loss.

Despite the loss, the T-Ducks, who defeated North Lake College, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16, to advance to the district title game, have plenty of reasons to hang their heads high on this season, beginning with a .500 record at 15-15.

Richland also had several players rank in the top 20 statistically among NJCAA Division III players in several categories.    

Nicole Spruille ranked No. 6 in hitting efficiency at 49 percent while Serita Ingram ranked No. 8 at 45 percent.  Ingram also ranked No. 3 in blocks per set at 1.35 while Spruille also ranked No. 13 in kills per set at 3.23.

Joining Ingram in the block category was Jessica Fletcher, who ranked No. 8 at 1.20 while Jennifer Penn ranked No. 4 in digs per set at 5.53 and Rachel Pinson was ranked No. 19 in assists per set at 7.61.

Lilly Valero, Nicole Spruille earn NJCAA Division III Player of the Week awards

Congratulations are in order for the T-Ducks’ Lilly Valero and Nicole Spruille for recently grabbing NJCAA Division III Player of the Week awards.

Last week, Valero of Dallas didn’t allow a goal in two games while grabbing nine of nine shots. The goalkeeper helped lead the T-Ducks to a 2-0 win over Cedar Valley College and a 4-0 win over Brookhaven College.

On the season, Valero has 79 saves and has allowed only 10 goals, averaging 0.628 goals per game, which ranks No. 7 in the nation.

Valero’s goalkeeping efforts have helped lead the T-Ducks, who are currently ranked No. 5 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, to a 12-3-1 record.

Meanwhile, Nicole Spruille of Tatum led the T-Ducks to a 2-0 record last week after recording 15 kills and 16 digs in a 3-1 win over Eastfield. The outside hitter followed that stellar performance up with a season high of 20 kills in a 3-0 win over Mountain View.

Overall, the sophomore leads the T-Ducks, who have a 13-13 record, in kills with 235, averaging 3.18 per set. She is also ninth in the nation with a .445 hitting efficiency and No. 13 in kills.

The T-Ducks are scheduled to play their final regular season home match at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 against Panola College.