By Chad DeRousselle
We hosted Leesville and Iota and both proved to be challenging. Our JV lost to Leesville 20-25, 11-16 mostly not being able to overcome errors throughout the match.
Missed defensive assignments, communication breakdowns, hitter mistakes after great pass set combinations all took their toll. Things were made more difficult when they faced a more talented Iota team, 14-25, 12-23. Jaila Parker handled herself well in her new role as libero, Meagan Hodge had a good day setting and Quintazhia Roy is growing up nicely as a middle blocker.
The varsity showed some chemistry for the first time since playing together all summer. Overcoming Leesville 25-22, 9-10 there were positive signs that this team can be a playoff team. Haleigh Lorenz at setter and Darci Bonin at middle blocker provided solid senior level play.
Lindsay Blanks and Ashlyn Smart worked well together as our outside hitters, and Lauren LeBlanc alternating with Brenan Marcantel at the other setter position kept our offense on track. It was a pleasure to watch Hanna Turnage turn in dig after dig in her first varsity appearance as our libero. Freshman Zaria Anderson stepped in for Tamia Grant who was attending a family funeral, and did a nice job for us at middle opposite Darci.
Iota was #4 last season and looked good again. It shook out at 20-25 after a 16-11 lead, then 13-12 as time ran out. It proved to be a very inspirational challenge and other than the 2 hitting errors followed immediately by a serving error, which changed our momentum,
Next Saturday we travel to scrimmage Leesville and an unnamed second team. Monday, Aug. 25, is the JV Jamboree and Tuesday, Aug. 26, is the Varsity Jamboree at St. Louis. Sept. 2 we host Iota for our opener.
A very large number of girls tried out as usual. I ended up keeping 31 using my target of 30, which is larger than any other school.
The eighth graders for 2014 are Ryley Blackburn, Keyale Daniel, Gracie Dickerson, Bryleigh Eaves, Hope Foster, Caylin Franklin, McKaila Gore, Samantha Hobbs, Brooke Jones, McKenna Lejeune, Deajea Mallet, Alexis Miller, and Mariaa Phillips.
Our season dates are Sept 8 Vinton Home, Sept 15 J.I. Watson Home, Sept 22 Open, Sept 29 LeBlanc Home, Oct 6 Molo Away, Oct. 13 Vinton Away, Oct. 20 Maplewood Away.
7th grade players will be named next week.