Lady Tigers step up in fifth game to beat Assumption
By: SCOTT JOINER
The Morgan City volleyball team beat its new district rival Assumption on Tuesday in five closely contested games (25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 15-8).
The Lady Tigers won the first game 25-15 and looked poised to cruise to another win in the second game with a 24-12 lead at one point. The Lady Mustangs stormed back and nearly pulled off the win, but a hard kill by senior Kailyn Turner sealed the 25-23 win.
Turner finished with 10 kills, three blocks, two block assists and a dig.
Assumption gained momentum from the comeback attempt and won the next two games 25-19 to set up a deciding fifth game.
As the Lady Tigers huddled up before the fifth game, they set out a plan to break the Lady Mustangs’ opening service to get an advantage early on.
MCHS coach Christy Theriot said breaking the serve was important since the team can, at times, struggle when they are behind.
Morgan City broke the serve and jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind the serving of junior Katelyn Adams.
Adams had five aces in the match with 15 assists, seven digs and six kills.
Assumption’s front line of Jazmin Knight and Edriell Barrow kept things interesting, but the Lady Tigers took a 13-5 lead that seemed to get the AHS player’s attention.
Knight had 18 kills, six aces, nine digs and two blocks for Assumption, Dashia Miles had eight kills and Barrow had seven kills, four blocks and four digs.
On one long rally, Morgan City senior Brooke Singleton dove for a one-handed dig to keep the ball in play and Singleton would finish the point with a hard kill that was blocked into the net on the Assumption side for a 14-5 MCHS lead.
Assumption managed two more points but a kill hit well out of bounds ended the match with Morgan City on top 15-8.
Singleton had 11 kills, 14 assists, seven digs, two block assists and three aces.
Theriot said Singleton missed the first five weeks of the season due to an injury and her return has given the team a lift, not just with her play, but with the leadership and energy the senior brings to the team.
Reina Fernandez had 14 digs, four kills, one ace, one assist and a block assist; Brittney Durham had 11 digs and three aces; Savannah Loupe had three aces and a dig; Genesis Esteban had two assists, one dig, three blocks and two assists; Jaiveianna Jones had four kills, a block and a block assist; and Allie Dragna had six digs.
The Lady Tigers’ junior varsity lost 2-0 (10-25, 15-25) with Layne Reynaud leading the team with three assists, one ace and one dig; Tyler Hebert had an assist, a kill and a dig; Kloe’ Liner had one kill; Marilynn Bailey had two digs and an assist; Chandler Pasqua had three kills; Loupe had three digs; and Elizabeth Esteban had one dig.
Morgan City’s freshmen won 2-1 (18-25, 25-15, 15-10) with Elizabeth Businelle leading the way with seven assists, three aces and two digs; Brandi Ingram had five digs, two kills and two aces; Sky Acosta had an ace and a dig; Madison Pennison had two digs and an ace; Celestina Williams had four kills, three digs and three aces; Hebert had seven digs and three kills; and Kellee Bandemer had two kills and a dig.
The Lady Tigers will continue district play at 4 p.m. Thursday with a trip to Houma to face Vandebilt Catholic.