Jubilee wins SJA tourney

St. Joseph players Elise Esparza (6) and Ally Stachowiak (12) attempt to block Santa Rosa player Sarah Sanchez's (11) attempt to score Friday afternoon in the second set of a tournament match between St. Joseph and Santa Rosa at St. Joseph.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Winning the St. Joseph Academy Volleyball Tournament is getting to be a healthy habit for the Jubilee Brownsville Lady Titans.

Jubilee captured the tournament championship for the second straight year with Saturday’s 25-16, 25-22 victory in the title match over the host Lady Bloodhounds. It was also the second consecutive weekend for the Lady Titans to win a tournament. They were champions of the Hebbronville Tournament last weekend.

Also, Jubilee’s Valentina Tijerina, a junior outside hitter, was named tournament MVP for the second straight weekend.

The was all smiles after Saturday’s championship win. She was a leader in kills for her team. “We practice a lot, so this feels very good,” Tijerina said. “We were intelligent when we played, and that was the difference. It was a key factor. Winning this tournament makes us confident.

“We’re showing that kids should practice a lot and follow their dreams,” Tijerina added.

Jubilee improved to 12-3 on the season. They next open District 32-4A play at home against Brownsville IDEA Frontier on Friday.

Rebecca Perez is in her first year as the Lady Titans’ coach. She knows she has a strong group of players.

“We came out of a (tournament) win last weekend in Hebbronville, so winning two tournaments in a row out of our three tournaments feels really good going into our district opener,” Perez said. “Our attitude was really well today and our team was communicating very well. We’ve been playing a lot of volleyball the past few weeks, but our girls had a late start (for our matches) today, and that helped.