MCHS to host Central-B.R. in Round 1

By GEOFF STOUTE

gstoute@daily-review.com

MORGAN CITY — Coach Christy Theriot said she doesn’t know much about her Morgan City Lady Tigers’ first round opponent, Central of Baton Rouge.

But she also admits that getting her squad to play more consistent is of greater importance than anything Central may bring at them.

“We’ve been so inconsistent throughout the whole season,” Theriot said Tuesday of her squad, which boasts a 22-17 record. “I try to focus on getting us to play at our highest level consistent through the whole match.”

The Lady Tigers, the No. 12 seed in the Division 2 prep volleyball state playoffs, will get the opportunity when they square off against No. 21 seed Central High Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan City High.

What Theriot does know about Central (12-18) is they are a good ball club with a record that is somewhat “deceptive.”

Central enters the playoffs as the Division 2, District 3 runner-up. The squad’s lone district losses were to district champion St. Michael the Archangel.

The squads have faced a few common opponents this season in University Lab, Sam Houston, Belle Chasse and Ascension Catholic.

Morgan City lost to University once, while Central fell to the Baton Rouge squad twice.

While Morgan City beat Sam Houston all three times they played this season, Central fell to Sam Houston in both their matchups.

Both teams fell to Belle Chasse, and Morgan City split its two matches with Ascension Catholic, while Central lost the lone match against the Donaldsonville-based squad.

As for Thursday’s matchup, Theriot said she thought playing at home would be good for her squad’s nerves.

“We can control the climate a little more,” she said.

To win against Central Thursday, Theriot said her squad must play smart, put aggressive serves over the net and do a better job of placing the ball certain areas of the opponent’s defense. She said her squad also must be enthusiastic.

“If we play at our best, we’re capable of playing very well … We have to bring our best to be successful from here on out,” Theriot said.

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