RECORD-SETTER: Lady Cards post fewest losses in school history

RECORD-SETTER: Lady Cards post fewest losses in school history

A record-setting season ended for the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals over the weekend at the Region XIV Volleyball Tournament in Baytown.

The Lady Cardinals went 1-2 in the event, leaving them 23-8 on the year. The eight losses represent a school record in the seven-year history of the program for fewest losses in a season.

At the regional tournament, the Lady Cardinals opened with a 3-1 win against Blinn before falling by 3-1 scores to San Jacinto and Tyler.

"It has been an honor to be able to coach such amazing, hard-working, driven young ladies," said Tosha Spain, the only head coach in the history of the program. "The love they have for this game, school and most of all each other showed anytime you were around them or watched them play.

"We had some great sophomore leadership this year that put in a lot of hard work while leading the freshmen. I am so proud of all they were able to accomplish and the accolades they received. All of it is well deserved."

As a result of their season, nine Lady Cardinals received all-conference honors, led by freshman Diana Giordani. She was named both Newcomer and Libero of the Year, in addition to receiving first-team honors.

Sophomores Brianna Salas, the team captain for two years, and Caroline Bodziak also were named to the first team.

Sophomore Brooklynn Hesson, a transfer from Panola College, and freshman Alexis Jo Houston were selected to the second team.

Receiving honorable mention were sophomores Hayley Boyett, Angel Mansukhani, Dominique Mills and freshman Melissa Bento.

"It is hard to let this season or these sophomores go, but I am so excited about the bright futures they have and so excited to watch the freshmen grow in the off season and come back ready next year, Spain said."

The Lady Cardinals were the most dominant team in school history, winning 18 of their 23 matches by 3-0 scores.

"Our team motto this year was 'We Are One' and the girls truly bought into playing as one and doing everything they could to not let each other down," Spain said. "It took all 20 players to win games and everyone knew every single person was important no matter the role they played on the team.

"I want to say a huge thank you to the parents, fans and administration for all of the support this year. And a huge heartfelt thank you goes out to the team for all of their hard work and dedication to this program. "