GALLIANO – The South Lafourche volleyball team prevented Assumption from claiming the District 6-II title outright on Tuesday evening and the Lady Tarpons gave themselves a chance to share the crown at the same time.
Powered by a dozen aces and a stellar defensive effort, the Lady Tarpons swept the Lady Mustangs 25-23, 25-23, 25-15 and avenged a loss to Assumption earlier in the season.
Taylor Toups led South Lafourche with 14 kills, five aces and six digs, along with Abigail Bouzigard (13 kills, four blocks and eight digs), Claire Chiasson (five kills, four aces, two blocks and four digs) and Sierra Lerille (29 assists, two kills and six digs).
Ra’von Robertson led Assumption with 13 kills, followed by Makayla Richard (10 kills), and Raegan Alleman (24 assists, eight digs).
“Super proud of the way they played. We fixed a lot of the problems that we’ve been working on in practice,” Lady Tarpons coach Jaime Cantrelle said. “We actually executed in the court. We did some things on defense and played a stronger than when we played them last time.”
“Give credit where credit is due. South Lafourche came out and served really well, which kept us out of system,” Lady Mustangs coach Tara Campo said. “Therefore, we couldn’t run any type of offense. We didn’t pass well. We didn’t serve-receive well. We didn’t play defense.
The first two sets were tightly contested with 18 ties and eight lead changes.
In Set 1, South Lafourche (19-9 overall, 6-1 in district) scored straight four points, capped by consecutive Bouzigard kills, for a 14-11 lead midway through.
Assumption (23-11, 7-1 district) rallied late with four out of five points, sparked by consecutive kills from Xaiya Adams, to pull within 24-23.
However, Bouzigard blasted down a spike to earn the set for South Lafourche.
The Lady Tarpons staked an early 5-0 advantage in Set 2 behind three straight Chiasson aces. Still, Robertson and Richard play in the frontcourt brought Assumption back, giving them the lead 21-19.
Toups sparked South Lafourche’s 6-2 run down the stretch, including the final two points on a kill and an ace, to take the set.
“We’ve been working on our defense, making sure that we put up some blocks in the front row,” Cantrelle said. “If the ball come through for the back row to pick it up. We did an excellent job getting to balls. We had quite a few blocks at the net, and we did get a lot of digs.”
“Our net play wasn’t what it should have been because of our defense. Our blocking game was nonexistent,” Campo said “Throughout the season we’ve been used to digging ourselves out of a hole when we’ve been down on serve-receive. (Tuesday) it got the best of us.”
Toups ignited seven unanswered South Lafourche points early in Set 3 with a kill and three aces.
Then the Lady Tarpons earned the last five point of the match on Assumption errors to seal the win.
“Taylor and Claire consistently serve strong. They have a real nice, hard serve,” Cantrelle said. “They had trouble returning their serve. That gave us an advantage.”
South Lafourche can claim a share of the district title if they beat Terrebonne on Thursday in the regular season finale. Meanwhile, Assumption wraps up the season this weekend at the Spooktacular Tournament at Episcopal School of Acadiana.
“We’re looking to meet up with Terrebonne first before we think about the playoffs,” Cantrelle said. “We’re definitely going to be in the gym putting in a lot of extra work, making sure we fix our little mistakes so our best game possible.”
“All the games this week, especially this weekend, lead us to that third phase of the season,” Campo said. “This weekend is just about power points. We have to play our best and build toward what we want to do in the playoffs.”
TUESDAY'S VOLLEYBALL CAPSULES
DESTREHAN DEF. H.L. BOURGEOIS
Score: 25-22, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18 (at Destrehan, District 6-I match)
Records: Destrehan (24-15 overall, 7-3 in district); HLB (23-14 overall, 7-3 in district)
HAHNVILLE DEF. THIBODAUX
Score: 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 (at Thibodax, District 6-I match)
Statistical leaders: Thibodaux – A'shyri Wolfe (10 kills, eight digs, three aces, blocks), Shantavoa Nora (three kills, five blocks, ace), Madison Bonvillain (15 assists, 11 digs), Karli Marse (21 digs)
Records: Hahnville (23-12 overall, 10-0 in district); Thibodaux (10-19 overall, 4-6 in district)
TERREBONNE DEF. SOUTH TERREBONNE
Score: 25-19, 24-26, 21-25, 26-24, 17-15 (at Bourg, District 6-II match)
Statistical leaders: Terrebonne – Taylor Walls (32 kills, 22 digs), Inayah Pink (19 kills), Madison Luke (20 digs, five aces), Hannah Liner (20 digs), Lauren Bergeron (58 assists, seven digs); South Terrebonne -- Abbie Thibodaux (eight kills, three blocks), Kellsie Clement (12 digs), Lexi Cadiere (two aces, 29 digs), Maddie Boquet (17 kills, 32 digs), Madison Bourg (23 kills, 33 digs), Maggie Portier (four blocks, three kills), Mariah Ross (11 kills, three blocks), Valerie LeBlanc (56 assists, 12 digs).
Records: Terrebonne (23-16 overall, 4-3 in district); South Terrebonne (18-11 overall, 1-6 in district)
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC DEF. CHAPELLE
Score: 31-29, 25-17, 19-25, 25-20 (at Houma, nondistrict match)
Statistical leaders: Vandebilt -- Brittany Theriot (30 kills), Annelise Henry (two aces, six digs), Angelle Buquet (58 assists), Lauren Fitch (four blocks)
Records: Vandebilt (26-9 overall); Chapelle (29-9 overall)
ELLENDER DEF. COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Score: 27-25, 25-22, 25-11 (at Houma, nondistrict match)
Statistical leaders: Ellender -- J'Lisha Holly (seven kills), Tanisha Hester (10 kills), Mariah Hernandez Fitch (21 assists); CCA -- Antoinette Boquet (nine kills, three aces, 12 digs), Celena Odom (three aces, 15 assists), Andrea Brown (13 digs)
Records: Ellender (10-18 overall); CCA (7-10 overall)
VOLLEYBALL POWER RATINGS UPDATE
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association released its latest unofficial volleyball power ratings entering Tuesday’s matches. Here is how local teams stacked up:
Division I: H.L. Bourgeois (22nd), Thibodaux (33rd) and Central Lafourche (37th).
Division II: Assumption (fifth), South Lafourche (sixth), South Terrebonne (ninth), Terrebonne (12th) and Ellender (31st).
Division III: E.D. White Catholic (second) and Vandebilt Catholic (third).
Division IV: St. James (30th).