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August 19th, 2008
Academy volleyball team starts season under new head coach

SAN MARCOS, TX – San Marcos Academy’s Lady Bears varsity volleyball team is off to a good start under new head coach Jennifer Jannett. The squad took its third win in five outings Aug. 18 against Austin Christian and will play Texas School for the Deaf today in San Antonio.
Jannett, a former San Marcos Rattler standout and 2005 graduate of Texas State University, said she feels right at home at the Academy, even though full-time teaching and coaching had never been in her plans. “I coached club volleyball for several years and have played non-stop on various leagues around town, but I never thought I’d end up being a teacher or coaching at a school,” Jannett said. “But I’m loving it so far. It was a little overwhelming coming in at first, but everyone has been so helpful and I feel as if I’ve fit right in.” Athletic Director Toby Wade said he is pleased to have Jannett aboard.

“I am really glad that we were able to hire Jennifer as our new volleyball coach,” Wade said. ” I had nothing but positive feedback on her as we went through the hiring process, and I feel she is a great fit for our program. She demands a lot from our kids, and pushes them very hard, but they have responded extremely well to her coaching style, and really enjoy playing for her.”

The Lady Bears had little time for practice before jumping into their busy schedule. The girls arrived for volleyball camp Aug. 11, but played their first game Aug. 15. For the first time in several years, though, the entire varsity team consists of returning players, so they were ready to take the court despite a hectic week. The squad consists of Kristi Allison, Amy Cope, Sarah Brown, Liz Banks, Taylor Teis, Melanie Isaacs, Chloe Rocha, Anastasia Parish and JV crossovers Maggie Boylan and Theresa Nealon.

“There is a lot of great potential among these girls,” Jannett said. “Our goal is to make the playoffs, but we’re taking it one win at a time. After their tough season last year, the girls have been eager to learn and improve. They are a great group, and we all are getting along really well.”

San Marcos Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school committed to educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The Academy offers a unique co-educational experience for both boarding and day students in the 7th through 12th grades. Founded in 1907, the Academy is now in its second century of operation. San Marcos Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).

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Caption: Taylor Teis: At San Marcos Academy’s first home game Aug. 15, Lady Bear Taylor Teis makes a save. The Lady Bears are 3-2 under new head coach Jennifer Jannett. The next home game for the Lady Bears is Aug. 25 at 5:30 (JV) and 6:30 (varsity).

Caption: Coach & Players: During a time out in a recent home game, San Marcos Academy volleyball coach Jennifer Jannett talks to her players. The Lady Bears in the huddle are Taylor Teis, Maggie Boylan, Liz Banks, Melanie Isaacs, Sarah Brown and Anastasia Parish.

Photos courtesy of Don Anders

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