McCollum volleyball creates a tradition of winning

Volleyball Head Coach Rose Ann Martinez has created a tradition of winning at McCollum High School dating back to 2014 when McCollum won their first of three consecutive district championships.

Martinez and her team’s 2016 season recently came to an end after falling to Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway in the Class 5A Regional Quarterfinal on Nov. 8.

The team defeated Gregory Portland and Edcouch- Elsa to reach the regional quarterfinal matchup for the first time since 2002.

“I’m extremely happy that we accomplished what we did. I feel extremely prideful of the program and where we stand now. Of course I never wanted the season to end but I have no regrets,” Martinez said.

The team accomplished a mission they had set for themselves after last year’s first round playoff loss.

“We started talking about getting past Bi-District the day after we lost last year against Seguin. We literally made it a mission of ours beginning the next day after the loss. When district started, we upped it to the third round and by that time we were having so much fun that it wasn’t too hard to convince the girls it could be done,” Martinez said.

Martinez, a 1989 Harlandale HS graduate, is excited about the program that has been built and for the possibilities the program still has in front of them.

“The expectations remain the same for next year. Three girls are graduating but tradition never graduates- meaning the mindset, the hard work and the determination to be the successful will still be the expectation,” Martinez explained.

Martinez and the team would like to thank Principal Jacob Garcia, the McCollum administration, staff and community for the tremendous amount of support for the team this year. 

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