A roster without a single senior would not normally be a formula for success on the volleyball court. But Brazos head coach Denyse Fernandez was able to make it work with the 2019 Cougarettes volleyball team.
Brazos won the District 27-2A crown for the second straight year when the young Cougarettes squad came together after suffering growing pains in the early part of the season.
The district championship was, of course, well represented on the all-district team with nine selections including three superlatives.
Junior middle blocker Jessica Buford was named the offensive player of the year.
Junior setter/right-side hitter Presley Reyes was named co-setter of the year.
Freshman middle blocker Haiven Harris was a unanimous selection for newcomer of the year.
Sophomore setter Meagan Demny, junior outside hitter Karlie Marek and freshman libero Raelynn Krueger were named to the all-district first team.
Freshman outside hitter Jemma Zahradnik, sophomore defensive specialist Laura Durrett and sophomore defensive specialist Caitlyn Snedaker were named to the all-district second team.
Jessica Buford, Karlie Marek, Presley Reyes, Sofia Solis, Halie Gonzalez, Meagan Demny, Laura Durrett, Caitlyn Snedaker, Raelynn Krueger, Jemma Zahradnik, Haiven Harris, Mikayla Wrenn and Lizbet Roque were named to the academic all-district team.
Brazos finished with a 10-2 record in District 27-2A and a 15-14 record overall.
The Cougarettes have reached at least the regional quarterfinals three of the past four seasons under head coach Fernandez. This year Brazos defeated Kenedy (3-0) and Granger (3-0) before losing to Thrall in the regional quarterfinals.