After making it to the National Junior College Semi-Finals last year, the Santa Fe Saints women’s Volleyball have just begun what’s shaping up to be a tough 2017 schedule. The Saints finished the 2016 season ranked 4th in the NJCAA Tournament and were preseason ranked #16th for the 2017 season. In the Saints first match on August 22nd in Winter Haven, Fl the girls fell to #4 Polk State College 3-0. The Saints are looking to bounce back in the home opener on Wednesday, August 23rd. They will host Lake Sumpter State College.
Before taking over the Head Coaching job at Santa Fe, Cheronis was with the University of Florida for 18 seasons as the Associate Head Coach. Where he had much success with 17 SEC Championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.
With only having been at Santa Fe for 3 years Coach Cheronis has already been successful. He brought his team to a Mid-Florida Conference Championship in 2014 and the NJCAA Tournament in 2016.
On Monday Head Coach Nick Cheronis talked with Steve Russell on Sports Scene. Coach Cheronis credits what was a great 2016 season to having the right matchups in the tournament and the mentality of his players in how they could bring home a win.
Coach Cheronis expressed just how this year will be difficult after losing 5 serve receivers and that the hope is that the other teams lost some talent as well.
Starting the Season
In the Santa Fe’s match against Polk State, they lost 3-0 going 16-25 in the 1st, 24-26 in the 2nd and 13-25 in the 3rd. The Saints ended with 47 digs and Sterling Williamson had seven kills, Leah Wilcox had six kills and Tina Mayberry had five kills.
— Santa Fe Saints (@SF_Athletics) August 22, 2017
The Two teams last played in the NCJAA 3rd place match where Polk State won 3-1.
The Saints will be hosting Lake Sumpter State College on Wednesday Night in its home opener at 7:00 P.M.
— Santa Fe Saints (@SF_Athletics) August 23, 2017
Wednesday Saints host Lake Sumpter State College at 7:00 P.M. Friday they host Palm Beach State at 7:00 P.M. This Saturday they host two matches, the first is against St. Petersburg College at 10:00 A.M. and the second is against Daytona State College at 4:30 P.M. Coach Cheronis is hoping for a big turn out in this stretch of home matches.