THREE RIVERS — The Jourdanton Squaws were knocked out of the playoffs on Tuesday by Taft in four sets (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 18-25).
It marked the end to a great season that saw the Squaws win their second consecutive district championship and head coach Joella Gallegos made sure her team knew that, even if the loss stung.
“[I told them] just how proud I am of them,” Gallegos said. “We did some really great things tonight when we stuck to our gameplan. It looked the way it should have. We did a lot of good things and we’re gonna just keep moving forward on that.”
The season was marked by Gallegos’ two senior leaders, Katlyn Polasek and Shyanne Bauerle. Behind tears, the duo was proud to have been a part of another historic season for the Squaws.
“It’s great seeing how far we’ve grown as a team, together, and how they opened up to only two seniors and letting us guide them,” Polasek said.
Gallegos praised her two seniors for everything she’s seen them put in over the last four years.
“Those two have put in a lot of sacrifice over the last four years,” Gallegos said. “I don’t think they could’ve had a better match to finish out the season on the court with their experience and their skills. I think it was a great way for them to end their season, although it wasn’t in our favor.”
Taft jumped out early in the first set, going on a 7-1 run to open the game and growing their lead to as many as 12 points.
Then the Squaws found their rhythm after the slow start and went on a 13-4 run to pull within 20- 17. That momentum carried over into the second set and the Squaws picked up five blocks compared to just two in the first set.
“I think our blocking was a huge part of that second set,” Gallegos said. “Our defense, we kind of just turned it on and started reading hitters a lot better, going to where we were supposed to be and it made it a lot easier on us.”