The Jourdanton Squaws kicked off their district title defense with a pair of straight-set wins in District 27-3A.
Jourdanton beat Lytle (25-13, 25-15, 25-20) on Tuesday, Sept. 8, before beating Natalia (25-20, 25-14, 25-21) on Saturday, Sept. 12.
“It feels really good. That’s our goal, to make the playoffs, obviously, and fight for that district championship,” Head Coach Joella Gallegos said. “We’re right on the goal of what we’re working for.”
In Saturday’s win over Natalia, the Squaws got balanced production out of their offense. Claire Vyvlecka had seven kills, Madison Yow had six and Daniece Mueller had five. In total, seven Squaws tallied kills Saturday afternoon.
They’ve wanted to see the production spread out like that all preseason and were glad to see it happen in district play. It makes them dangerous.
“Very dangerous, actually,” Vyvlecka said. “We use that type of offense so that we can spread out the blockers on the other side. That’s what we’ve been practicing a lot in practice, running those different options and running the quick set so that we can be as destructive on the front.”
The offense was spurred by the play of setters Macey Briones and Jenny Vrana. That duo had 20 assists each. That’s a product of improved passing throughout the team, Gallegos said.
“Yeah, I think that I probably have to give more credit to our passing and defense that’s allowing us to do that a lot more,” Gallegos said. “I think we tightened that up a lot more and cleaned it up. And so now, our setters are getting more options and the hitters are just taking advantage of that. So yeah, I think just as long as everyone keeps doing their job, and, you know, we keep getting better every game.”
The win was also sealed behind stellar defensive play by senior libero Emma Roach. Diving left and right in the backcourt, Roach posted a team-high 25 digs. Having a big game like Saturday is a big boost for Roach.
“I know that I’m sacrificing myself for my team,” Roach said, “and that I’m working for them just like I want them to work for me in order to get a win.”
Her intensity on defense helps set the tone for her teammates on offense, too.
“I tell my team all the time, I’m like, ‘Emma’s hitting the floor back there so we’ve got to execute, we have to show her that we’re working just as hard as her,’” Vyvlecka said. “There’s nothing more exciting than seeing her give everything that she’s got for a ball and so our front row and our setters and everybody else tries to do the same as her and she hypes us up so much every time that we get a hit.”
The Squaws beat Lytle on Tuesday behind a balanced offensive performance. Gwyn Wells had nine kills, Mueller finished with seven and Paige Stofa had six.
Vrana had 17 assists and Briones had 16.
Calyssa Sevier had four kills for Lytle’s team-high.
Jourdanton faced Poteet on Tuesday and will travel to Karnes City on Saturday.
Lytle hosted Cotulla on Tuesday night and will travel to Natalia on Saturday.