Veteran-heavy Squaws aim for redemption in 2020



Jourdanton Head Coach Joella Gallegos talks to her team at their first practice of the 2020 season. The Squaws return a large group in 2020 after graduating just two from last year’s district title defense. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton Head Coach Joella Gallegos talks to her team at their first practice of the 2020 season. The Squaws return a large group in 2020 after graduating just two from last year’s district title defense. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

If the Jourdanton Squaws can have their way, their 2020 campaign will be much different than 2019.

After graduating just two seniors from the 2019 team that fell to Taft in the bi-district round of playoffs, the Squaws hope they can write a better story in 2020, which hopefully includes a third consecutive district championship.

“[This season’s] gonna be great,” senior outside hitter Madison Yow said. “It’s really awesome that we have so many seniors and I feel like with the hard work that we’ve learned over the past four years that we’re just gonna do our best and try to take back that district title.”

The Squaws knew there was a possibility that the season might not happen given the coronavirus pandemic. That didn’t stop them from working out this summer to prepare for this season and the spring cancelations gave them a new lease on their athletic careers.

“I think I’m definitely more grateful for a season now and working harder and every game like it’s your last,” senior Sidney Morneau said.

Jourdanton’s Sidney Morneau tries to finish off an attack against Dilley in 2019. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s Sidney Morneau tries to finish off an attack against Dilley in 2019. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Junior hitter Gwyn Wells honed her craft at home this summer with a net in her yard and her mother serving her passes. Wells feels that’s helped her take her game to another level for 2020.

“I have a net in my backyard and my mom would just throw me balls and I would just go out there and hit and keep practicing just in case we didn’t have a season,” Wells said. “So, next year I would be ready and better than I was last year.”

Wells added that the Squaws have a hunger to better their 2020 season. It is the only way they can get the sour taste out of their mouth from 2019.

“I think we’re really hungry, especially last year since it got taken away from us like by very little,” Wells said. “And I think we really want to make it even farther than we did last year. I think we’re really hungry.”

Sidney Morneau (13) and Isela Wilson (4) leap high to block a Lytle attack in 2019. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sidney Morneau (13) and Isela Wilson (4) leap high to block a Lytle attack in 2019. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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