Berwick tops Morgan City
Berwick High School’s Brie Hill hits the ball against E.D. White during earlier season action. The Lady Panthers defeated Morgan City Wednesday in four games to take third place in Division 3, District 6. Berwick now will await to see if it has clinched one of six available wildcard spots that will be annouced along with the rest of the playoff field when the brackets for all five divisions are released Monday. Morgan City still has two games remaining on Saturday before they await a possible playoff berth as well. (Photo credit: Geoff Stoute)
Berwick High School defeated Morgan City 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 25-8) on Senior Night in both teams’ Division 3, District 6 finale.
With the win, the Lady Panthers (19-16 overall, 6-4 in district) finished third in district play, while Morgan City (12-23, 4-6) was right behind in fourth place.
In Wednesday’s victory, Berwick recorded 73 digs as a team.
Brie Hill had 18 kills, two blocks, 15 digs and an ace for the Lady Panthers, while Ashton Morales had 22 assists, 13 digs and three kills.
Other top contributors included Abigail Askew, seven kills and two digs; Hannah Carpenter, three aces and 12 digs; Rennen Delatte, 13 digs; Maddie Gray, one ace, four kills and eight digs; and Diana Grace Guarisco, two assists and eight digs.
Despite the loss, Morgan City recorded 10 aces and 73 digs collectively.
Jaiveianna Jones had 11 kills and three digs for Morgan City, while Layne Reynaud totaled five aces, one kill, 16 assists and 15 digs; and Brandi Ingram, two aces, seven kills and three digs.
Other top contributors included Taylor Prince, one ace, three kills, four assists and 17 digs; Savannah Loupe, one ace, two assists and 17 digs; Kloé Liner, three kills, one assist and nine digs; and Marilynn Bailey, one ace, two kills and nine digs.
In junior varsity action, Berwick won 25-10, 25-12.
Taylor Bourgeois led the Lady Panthers with two aces, three kills, one assist and two digs, while Madeleine Hover had a kill, four assists and five digs and Jeanne Marie Hidalgo, two aces, one kill and two digs.
Other top contributors included Mary Jordan Melancon, two aces, two assists and three digs; Sydney Jambois, two kills and a block; and Rosalyn Gros, an ace and four digs.
Morgan City’s junior varsity recorded 41 digs in the two-set match, including 16 by Katelyn Gautreaux.
Other top contributors for Morgan City included Pearly Rainey, two aces and seven digs; Karley Guidry, one ace, one assist and three digs; Paige Loftin, three kills and one dig; Megan Picou, four digs; Isabella Parra, two assists and two digs; and Elicia Dorsey, one kill and three digs.
In freshmen action, Berwick won 25-10, 25-13.
The Lady Panthers will await to see if they make the postseason in Division 3 as a wildcard, while Morgan City will play two road games Saturday — against H.L. Bourgeois at 10 a.m. and Dutchtown at 11 a.m.
H.L. Bourgeois is Division 1’s fourth-ranked squad.
Saturday is the final day of the prep volleyball regular season.
The top 24 teams in Division 3 — first- and second-place teams from each district and six wildcard selections comprised of the next highest seeded teams — will make up the playoff field.
Berwick is No. 11 in the latest unofficial Division 3 rankings, while Morgan City is No. 16.
The brackets for the state’s five divisions will be released Monday.
CCHS’ win streak
Central Catholic’s 15-game winning streak came to a halt Wednesday as the Lady Eagles fell to Riverside, Division 4’s fifth-ranked squad, in three close sets in a nondistrict contest.
The Lady Eagles fell 28-26, 25-22, 25-21.
The loss was Central Catholic’s first since Oct. 8 when it fell to Ursuline Academy.
Meo Knight had 14 kills, seven digs and two blocks, while Gee Garrett added nine kills and two blocks in Wednesday’s contest.
Other top contributors included Kaitlyn Gros, 26 assists; Elizabeth Garber, nine digs; and Olivia Crawford, eight digs.
The Lady Eagles will conclude regular season play in Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Spooktacular, beginning today. The tournament features a who’s who of the top volleyball teams in the state, including the No. 1 ranked squads in four out Louisiana’s five divisions.
Central Catholic (27-8) will face Teurlings Catholic, Division 3’s top-ranked squad, at 4 p.m. and St. Amant, ranked No. 7 in Division 1, at 5 p.m.
The Lady Eagles are ranked No. 3 in Division 5.
to E.D. White
The Patterson Lumberjills dropped their regular season finale to E.D. White at home 3-0 (25-5, 25-10, 25-11).
No individual stats were available from the Division 3, District 6 match for the Lumberjills (9-15 overall, 2-8 in district).
On Tuesday, Patterson literally served up a victory as the squad connected on 30 aces — more than a game’s worth of points — in a 3-1 defeat of West St. Mary.
Patterson won by scores of 24-26, 25-14, 25-14, 25-23.
Arian Grogan led the Lumberjills with 10 aces, while she also contributed four kills, a block and a point, and Tamia Washington had 12 kills, an ace and two points.
Other top contributors included Gaylen Grogan, six aces, three kills, one block, one assist and five points; Nyria Robinson, three aces, six kills and two points; Rachel Easley, six aces, two kills, four digs and four points; and Kailyn Johnson, four aces, six assists and a point.