Since Denyse Fernandez has taken over as the head coach of the Brazos Cougarette volleyball program she has only added onto a bi-district championship streak that now sits at seven in a row.
Last year, Brazos clinched the District 27-2A crown with a 10-1 regular season run where the Shiner Comanches were the only ones to trip up the Cougarettes. That set up a bi-district meeting with the Kenedy Lions, fourth-place finishers from District 28, and Fernandez and her squad came out on top, 3-1, to extend the streak.
Then, they met with the Snook Blue Jays who took the area championship, also by a 3-1 margin, but fell to Thorndale in the very next round.
The District 25 runner-up Bulldogs took care of business there and rode the wave all the way to the state tournament where they fell in the semifinals to the Lindsay Knights, who eventually fell to state-champion Beckville after a five-set marathon.
Last year has already been put in the books with the 2019 campaign already underway and the first win of the season coming against Live Oak where Brazos racked up 19 kills.
Fernandez will rely on her strong returners as well as blossoming younger players like now-sophomore Megan Demny, who now has a whole year of varsity experience under her belt after playing with Kennedy Jetelina and Linda Gonzalez, both of whom received their diplomas at the end of last year.
Of course, the expectation is always to last as long as you can and shoot for the garland and gold, a task that may just be within reach for the 2019 brand of Cougarette volleyball.