Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets volleyball coach Gloria Treviño led her team to their first district championship since 2015 in her first season leading E-E as bench boss and second year on the coaching staff.
“Edcouch-Elsa, they’ve always had depth,” Trevino said. “Every kid is a well-rounded player. It’s just picking those players on a pegboard, you have to pick and choose where they’re going to be the most versatile for you.”
The Jackets’ top hitter from 2017, Paloma Ybarra, was the only returner from the top four attackers on the squad. Despite that fact, when 2018 rolled around Ybarra wasn’t running up to kill passes, she was setting them up.
“That was the case with Paloma, who was my leader and Neida (Ybarra) came around with her blocking abilities,” Trevino said. “Those two were my senior leaders.”
Treviño facilitated a big change from Paloma Ybarra. The once outside hitter agreed that a move to setter would be best for the team’s future. The coach had played the position in college and the player was ready to make any move for the team.
“I was like ‘I can play setter’ because our setters had just graduated.” Paloma Ybarra said. “Coach Trevino was the one who was encouraging. Telling me “Yes, you could do it, you have great hands”
The first-year E-E coach chalked it up as an example of the versatility of her team.
The position change paid off all-around, as Edcouch-Elsa saw young players emerge as attackers. Junior lefty, Veronica Elizondo, had 176 kills, taking advantage of the quick-hit offense. Sophomore Endiya Devoe saw her time and impact on the court grow. She finished with 127 kills.
Neida Ybarra was a force at the net, giving opponents a 6-foot wall to factor-in. She finished with 126 blocks, sending back 104 with no help.
Edcouch-Elsa boasted a 13-1 record in District 32-5A, their only loss came in their final regular season game. They finished 30-11 overall before their season came to an end in the second round against Corpus Christi Flour Bluff.
Treviño finally completed her first season as head volleyball coach but has spent time around the Valley as an assistant. Not to mention she’s the younger sister of storied Mission Veterans coach Diana Lerma.
She had learned from stops at McAllen High, Donna High and Sharyland High. She was given the Edcouch-Elsa position when 2017’s coach, Dragan Markovic, left the program.
The coach joked that it was a long-time coming.
“I’ve been a head coach at every sport but no one ever gave me the reins to volleyball,” Treviño said. “This was the first year, on account of our head coach didn’t return. I know what the Valley has for volleyball, but I still feel we are lacking in that quick offensive game, and that’s what we need to get out there in the state playoffs.”
Even though Treviño was the third Yellow Jackets coach in as many seasons, Paloma Ybarra was happy to get different perspectives and end the seniors’ volleyball experience on a high note.
“You get a variety. You get different opinions, different styles of players, and that’s always helped,” Paloma Ybarra said. “It teaches you the game in different ways. Coach Treviño was a really great coach.”