VOLLEYBALL: CCHS wins big, Lady Tigers fall in five
By: Staff Reports
The Central Catholic volleyball team (1-0) started the season with an impressive win in five games (17-25, 25-27, 25-17,25-23, 15-9) over Assumption on Tuesday to start the regular season.
With two losses to start the match the Lady Eagles stormed back to win three straight against the powerhouse Lady Mustang squad.
“Our goal for the week was to stay positive and have fun,” CCHS coach Kindra Halverson said. “Because we’ve been playing too uptight and too serious lately. We have three huge games this week — Assumption, ESA who beat us in the semifinals last year is an away game, and then Thibodaux High at our place on Saturday — we just wanted to have fun and stay positive.
“Even being down two games, I told the girls, ‘It’s a third game, it’s a fresh start. They haven’t done anything until they beat us in this game. We have a fresh start right here, we can win three games in a row.’ And they did it.”
Caroline Byrne was the catalyst in the middle with 35 assists; Maria Templet had a team-high 15 digs and two aces; Meo Knight had a team-high 15 kills, five blocks and six digs; Geralyn Garrett had 11 kills and four blocks; Brieanna Hill had nine kills and six blocks; Amanda Barron had three aces; Celine Flores had seven kills and three aces; and Olivia Crawford had six digs.
The start of the season features three of the top programs in the state and the confidence gained in the win over Assump-tion will be crucial in the next few games.
“It was huge, I don’t even think Central has ever beaten Assumption,” Halverson said. “They have a great coach, it’s like a legendary program — a huge school. Volleyball is really important over there. Some of our girls from Pierre Part could either go to Assumption or go to Central, so their friends over there. It was just a huge game. The atmosphere was very loud on both sides. It was like a playoff game.”
Katelyn Adams led MCHS with eight assists, five kills and four aces; Reina Fernandez had four digs, two aces, a kill and a block assist; Kailyn Turner had seven kills, one block, one ace and one block assist; Taylor Prince added six assists and two aces; Savannah Loupe had one ace; Marilynn Bailey had four kills and one assist; Jaiveianna Jones had two block assists, one kill and one block; Genesis Estaben had two block assists and a kill; and Brittney Durham added four digs.
The MCHS junior varsity lost in three games (21-25, 25-20, 9-15).
Prince led the team with seven assists and Tyler Hebert had two kills and a dig.
The freshmen team also lost in three games (15-25, 25-20, 9-15).
Celestina Williams had four aces, two kills and two digs; Elizabeth Businelle had seven assists; and Hebert had two aces, three kills and a dig.
The Lady Tigers will compete in the Assumption tournament starting Thursday and continuing on Saturday.
First up is New Iberia at 5 p.m. Thursday and St. Amant at 7 p.m.