Seven Players to Join Tiger Volleyball for 2019 Season

Seven Players to Join Tiger Volleyball for 2019 Season

San Antonio - Trinity Head Coach Julie Jenkins has announced seven new players that will join the Tiger volleyball team for the 2019-20 school year.

Led by 34th-year Head Coach Julie Jenkins, the Tigers completed the season with a 25-7 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, marking the 24th occasion Trinity competed in the postseason event. The Trinity volleyball team received a #17 final national ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III Poll.


Samantha Demmon

6'0 Right side
Pearland HS/ Houston Stellar 18 Elite
Pearland, TX

Intended Major: Business Management/Marketing
Why I Chose Trinity: I really loved the atmosphere of the school and how competitive it is because I was looking for a school that would challenge me.
What I am most excited about: Getting to make new relationships and push myself to meet some of my own personal goals as a first year.

Coach Jenkins: "Blocking is Sam's strength, and with her middle blocker experience, she will be a force defensively on the right side. She's a versatile hitter and can score off of every tempo set. Sam is confident, vocal, and competitive."

High School Honors: 
3-year varsity starter
Second Team All-District 2018
2-time First Team All-District 2017, 2016
Newcomer of the Year District 23-6A 2016
3-time Academic All-District 2018, 2017, 2016
GHVCA All-Star Team 2018
GHVCA Post-Season Honorable Mention Team 2018
Varsity MVP 2017


Nadia Kern

5'8 Libero
Montwood HS/ 915 United 18 National
El Paso, TX 

Intended Major: Biology or Chemistry
Why I Chose Trinity: I had no idea what or where Trinity University was until I took a college quiz for a grade in one of my classes. I struggled deciding my top colleges and was growing extremely frustrated, that is, until my this quiz matched me at a 100% with Trinity. Curious about it, I did more research, discovered they had a great volleyball program, went on a visit, and then met with coach Jenkins. What amazes me is how I fell in love with the campus from the start, and I could not think of a single thing not to like. The rest is history!
What I am most excited about: What excites me most about the upcoming season is that I have been itching to play libero for the last coupes of years, and I am finally getting that opportunity. I also haven't talked to the whole team very much, but from what little I have come to know, I can tell they are an amazing group of gals!

Coach Jenkins: "Nadia is one of our most well rounded players. Her strength is ball control. As a libero, she's athletic, quick, and long. She consistently has a solid platform along with good instincts, outstanding pursuit, and hustle. There are few balls that Nadia can't reach."

High School Honors:
4-year varsity starter
3-year HS captain
4-year club captain
2-time 1st Team All District 2018, 2016
All Star Team 2018
All City Award 2018
All Around Ram Award 2018


Taylor Black

5'8 Defensive Specialist
Richardson HS/ Blocksport 18s
Garland, Texas

Intended Major: Biology/Pre-med
Why I Chose Trinity: Whenever I stepped on campus, I had the "feeling" that most people look for when searching for their future college. The feeling that there is no other campus I would want to spend my next four years at to start my adventure of pursuing my career.
What I am most excited about: I am excited about playing at the next level and creating memories with my new teammates. I cannot wait to see how much I improve throughout the season.

Coach Jenkins: "Taylor has every trait you look for in a recruit. She's an amazing athlete, her work ethic is at the top, she's versatile, and she's a strong communicator. As a defensive specialist, Taylor has a great ability to read and a tremendous defensive range."

High School Honors: 
2-year varsity starter, HS Captain 2018
AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List 2018
First Team All-District 2018
Honorable Mention All-District 2017
2nd Team All-City 2017
Academic All-State 2018
3-timeAcademic All District 2018, 2017, 2016
RHSABC Senior Athlete of the Month 2018

Brette Thornton

6'0 Middle Blocker 
Rockwall HS/ TX Assault 18-1
Rockwall, TX

Intended Major: Undecided
Why I Chose Trinity: I was looking for a smaller school where I could develop meaningful relationships in a community centered environment. I wanted to continue playing volleyball, but still have academics as my top priority. Lastly, I wanted to be within 6 hours of home. Trinity was able to fulfill everything I was looking for and more!  
What I am most excited about: Knowing how much more I will learn and grow, as well as hearing about the way the team finished the spring season excites me the most about the upcoming season. 

Coach Jenkins: "As a middle blocker, Brette has a workhorse mentality blocking. She has a solid press and gets a lot of touches giving her team a chance to counter and score. Offensively, Brette does a great job of making the most out of every set and finds ways to score."

High School Honors: 
2-year varsity starter
HS Captain 2018
District 11-6A Outstanding Blocker 2018
District 11-6A First Team All-District 2017
Most Valuable Player 2018
3-time Scholar Athlete Award 2018, 2017, 2016
Best Offensive Player 2017


Estefania Hinojosa

6'0 Outside Hitter
Sharyland HS/ South Texas Fierce
Mission, TX 

Intended Major: Engineering Science
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity University, because I love San Antonio, the academics are rigorous, and of course the competitive volleyball program. 
What I am most excited about: I am excited to compete at a higher level in volleyball while having fun. 

Coach Jenkins: "As an outside, Estefi has good size and jumping ability. Her ability to terminate along with solid ball control are what stands out. At the same time she has an exceptional work-ethic, she's humble, yet confident and competitive."

High School Honors:
4-year varsity starter, HS Captain 2018
2-time First Team All-District 2018, 2017
Second Team All-District 2016
USA High Performance A2 Team 2017
Lonestar A1 Team 2017
USA High Performance A3 Team 2016
Lonestar A2 Team 2016
Academic All-State 2018
3-time First Team All-Academic District 2018, 2017, 2016


Laura Lee Young

5'10 Outside Hitter/ Right Side
JJ Pearce HS/ Summit 18 Nike
Dallas, Texas

Intended Major: Business/Psychology
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because it was the perfect fit for me! Not only did I love the team and coaches, but all the opportunities Trinity offers are unmatched by any other University. 
What I am most excited about: I am most excited about growing and improving as a team. Looking forward to winning a national championship.

Coach Jenkins: "Laura Lee has great quickness, jumping ability, and power. As an outside, she's a threat both defensively and offensively. Her desire to compete, work hard, and improve every day sets her apart and we're excited to see her grow."

High School Honors: 
4-year varsity starter
HS Captain 2018
2nd Team All-District 2017
2nd Team All-City 2017
2nd Team All-District 2016
Academic All-State 2018
Academic All-District 2016


Marisa Amarino

5'8 Setter
Notre Dame HS/ Supernova 18-1
Calabasas, California

Intended Major: Business Marketing/ Communications
Why I Chose Trinity: I chose Trinity because it met the four standards that I had made for my college: 1. Outstanding academics and great business programs they have to offer, 2. High level volleyball program with girls who are dedicated and love to work hard, 3. Coaches who are mentors to me on and off the court, and 4. A school located near a city that I feel safe and independent in.
What I am most excited about: I am excited to be a college volleyball player, and I'm excited to learn as much as I can from my teammates and coaches. I'm also excited to be an effective and supportive teammate and bring a lot of positive energy!

Coach Jenkins: "As a setter Marisa has clean hands, disciplined feet, great decision making, and an ability to move the ball around well. What also stands out about Marisa is her leadership and presence on the court. She's competitive and all about winning."

High School Honors: 
Varsity starter 2018
HS Captain 2017, 2016
CIF Spirit Award 2018
4-time CIF Athletic Academic Honor Award 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
2-time MVP 2017, 2016
USA Volleyball High Performance Continental Team 2017