Jones sees Bay City peaking as district opens
Three years into building his volleyball program at Bay City, Steven Jones believes the squad is finally starting to reap the rewards of the hard work put in during the past three seasons.
While Bay City may have taken its lumps last year finishing in last place in district, the Blackcats are flying high this year with a 21-10 record as they are set to begin district play this Tuesday.
“We are doing great this year,” Jones said. “This is my third year here and every year we have gotten better.”
So much so that Bay City is considered the favorite in Region 3, District 24-4A over last year’s champ Sweeny and including teams such as Brazosport, West Columbia and LaMarque.
Bay City will open up district play Tuesday against the defending champs of the district in Sweeny.
Bay City had a chance to see what West Columbia has on its roster this year at the Van Vleck tournament a couple of weeks ago.
“They beat us there but I think we will beat them next time,” Jones said. “We played against West Columbia for the Van Vleck tournament championship and they came out on top in the end. But I know we can beat them.
“District is definitely up for grabs this year but I think our team is the favorite to take it,” Jones said.
Jones is looking for big things this year out of junior Renata Dominguez, a first-year player on the varsity level for the Blackcats. Dominguez had to sit out last year due to residence issue.
“She is our middle hitter and she controls the net for us,” Jones said. “That girl blocks everything and is our best hitter too.”
Senior Diamond Harris mans the middle for the Blackcats and Jones said she is prime for a dominating season this year.
“She can hit the ball hard and between her and (Dominguez), we can dominate the net,” Jones said.
Jones also pointed out the early play of libero Jennifer Dabelgott as a key calming factor to the squad as district approaches.
Jones knows his Bay City squad has the talent to rule district but more consistent play is needed in order to solidify that elusive playoff berth.
Bay City has not earned a volleyball playoff berth in some time, according to Jones and he would like to end that drought this year.
“Some of current players were not born when the last time Bay City won a district championship in volleyball,” Jones said. “Most of my young players were born after 2003 when Bay City won its last district championship.
“We are not a volleyball school but we are becoming one quickly and working on making it a volleyball school,” Jones said. “Things are great and we are playing better than ever and we are still a young team and to be this good while being this young is a good thing. We have some momentum going but because we are young we are inconsistent.”