Bulletin Staff Report

The Howard Payne Lady Jackets volleyball program recently announced the list of high school players who have decided to continue their academic and athletic careers at Howard Payne this fall.

Aja Brunner, a 5-10 middle hitter, was a three-year varsity player at Class 2A Melissa High School. Brunner played a prominent role in leading her team to district and area championships before falling in the regional quarterfinals during her senior year. She was also a two-time all-district selection.

Jessica Jorgensen, from Medicine Valley High School in Curtis, Neb., stands 5-11 and was a three-year varsity letterman playing middle hitter and rightside hitter. She was an all-district honoree twice and was an all-state honorable mention selection last season.

Megan Pick, from Waco’s Reicher Catholic High School, was a four-year varsity letterman playing outside hitter and middle hitter at 6-1. A four-time all-district choice, Pick was also named honorable mention Super-Centex by the Waco Tribune-Herald twice and was the offensive player of the year for TAPPS Class 4A her senior year.

Rebekah Rivera, a 5-6 defensive specialist from 5A San Antonio W.H.Taft High School, is a defensive specialist and outside hitter who played three years with the varsity team in high school. She also had great success off the court, being named to the Who’s Who in High School Athletics and High School Students. Rivera was also a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and English Honor Society.

Cathie Smith, from Class 3A Lorena High School, was a two-year varsity player on the volleyball team. At 5-10, she was also a successful player in basketball and softball. In volleyball, Smith was named all-district twice, academic all-district and academic all-state twice and she was voted to the Super-Centex second team.

The Lady Jackets finished the 2006 season with a 9-17 overall record. The team returns two of four all-conference players from last season in senior middle hitter Katie Pruess and junior setter Patricia Brown.

Head coach Ken Carver is entering his second season at the helm of the Lady Jacket program.

2007 Howard Payne Volleyball Schedule — *ASC matches

Sept. 1-2 at Oglethorpe Tournament (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA

Sept. 13 Hardin-Simmons* 7 p.m.

Sept. 14-15 at McMurry Tournament TBA

Sept. 18 at Texas Lutheran* 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 Sul Ross* Noon

Sept. 22 Huston-Tillotson 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25 at Schreiner* 7 p.m.

Sept. 28-29 at ASC Crossover Tournament (UT-Dallas) TBA

Oct. 2 at Concordia* 7 p.m.

Oct. 3 McMurry* 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Hardin-Simmons* Noon

Oct. 9 Texas Lutheran University* 6 p.m.

Oct. 12-13 at ASC Crossover Tournament (Schreiner) TBA

Oct. 16 Concordia* 7 p.m.

Oct. 19-20 at Concordia Tournament TBA

Oct. 23 Schreiner* 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Sul Ross* 6 p.m.

Nov. 2-3 at ASC Championship (East No. 1 Seed) TBA