“Good defense will neutralize a tall team,” said Kristin Clee-Charlton, Coastal Bend College’s new volleyball coach. Noting that the average height of the 2010 volleyball team is 5’6,” she wants to emphasize defense this season and win games with skill and downright scrappiness. Her goals for this season are to improve upon last year’s all-around team, on and off the court, and to continue to build a reputable program.
Clee-Charlton is a native of Beeville, Texas, and a graduate of A.C. Jones High School. She played volleyball in Beeville middle and high schools and club volleyball around the Coastal Bend, before going on to play for the University of Southern Mississippi under Ricci Luyties, then the University of Oklahoma, under Santiago Restrepo.
She earned a degree in petroleum commerce while in Oklahoma and returned home to work for Dan A. Hughes Company in Beeville. She coached club and summer volleyball before joining the athletic department at CBC.
“This is a new team and a new start,” Clee-Charlton said. She isn’t the only new addition to the team. This season, only one athlete is a returning player. Two athletes are sophomores; the rest are freshmen. Though the players are new to college sports, each comes with a long history of school and club volleyball.
“Clubs help excel the level of play,” said Aimee Evans, assistant volleyball coach. Evans was defensive specialist for the college last season. She is a graduate of Coastal Bend College and returned to help Clee-Charlton. “Almost all college-level athletes have club experience. It puts them above the rest.”
CBC enters its third volleyball season as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA). Region 14 includes the following Texas colleges: Alvin Community College, Angelina College, Blinn College, Bossier Parish Community College, Coastal Bend College, Galveston College, Jacksonville College, Kilgore College, Lamar State College — Port Arthur, Laredo Community College, Lee College, Lon Morris College, Navarro College, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Paris Junior College, San Jacinto College-Central, San Jacinto College — North San Jacinto College — South, Texarkana College, Trinity Valley Community College, Tyler Junior College and Wharton County Junior College.
Playing for Coastal Bend College are Sabra Vickery (Libero) of Luling; Rachael Lange (Outside Hitter) of Richards; Brittany Targac (Outside Hitter) of Hallettesville; Maritza Flores (Outside Hitter) of Roma; Brittani Wade (Outside Hitter) of Refugio; Marisa Valadez (Setter) of Edcouch; Samantha Alegria (Middle Blocker) of Falfurrias; Mykala Villarreal (Middle Blocker) of Falfurrias; Sarah Anderson (Defensive Specialist) of Forney; and Deidre Perez (Defensive Specialist) of Ben Bolt.
The team has already played several teams in scrimmages. They recently defeated The Victoria College at home. “We are looking out for every team and every team should look out for us,” Clee-Charlton said.