Premont girls were the fourth place team last season

Michael Chartier, Jim Wells County Correspondent

After a fourth place district 32-2A finish in 2006, the Premont Cowgirls are poised for a playoff run in 2007. With six returning seniors, expectations are nothing less than the playoffs.

"It is definitely. I think we have a really good chance," setter Christina Barerra said. "Our district is a young district and we're the only team with so many seniors."

Offensively, the Cowgirls are led by duel handed hitter, San Juanita Garica.

"I've had other coaches ask me about it," head coach Elsa Garcia said. "Like how come she can't make up her mind?"

The duel threat seems to be enjoying her opportunities at the net.

"It's fun to just go up there and slam it down," San Juanita said. "And they're like, 'What!' I'm ambidextrous, so if they think I'm going up there with my left, I'll throw it down with my right."

Barerra said the Cowgirls were rolling by the end of last season and for many of the girls, 2007 is an opportunity to return to the playoffs for the first time since their freshman season.

"We've been varsity since freshman, sophomore year," San Juanita said. "We're the most experienced team and we should get into the playoffs."

According to San Juanita, it's been disappointing being on the outside looking in. However, she's mentally prepared for any outcome.

"It's part of the game, but sometimes there are upsetting seasons and really glorious seasons," San Juanita said. "As long as you believe it, you will succeed."

Coach Garcia said the girls are doing what it takes to be ready for a playoff run. From conditioning to their mental preparation, Garcia is pleased with her team's preseason effort.

"This year we expect the playoffs," Coach Garcia said.

Roxie Sanchez said team chemistry is the tie that binds.

"We have a sisterly bond," Sanchez said. "We work together well and we all get along. We're expecting big things."

Coach Garcia said the team's strength is the serve and it will be a primary key to winning.

"If we can't serve well, we're not going to win," Coach Garcia said.

"Serving and spiking (strenghs), but we don't have the power and we don't have the height that goes along with that. It's not consistant.

"But these girls are working hard and we're trying to get there. This effort the Cowgirls hope the fans will reward. These girls are all over the floor and working 110 percent," Coach Garcia said.