By Chad DeRousselle
Goal setting is a life skill and I have always tried to teach more than volleyball. We have never made it past the second round of the playoffs so that has become a primary goal for us.
Playing a strong schedule is one of the steps we have to take to get there so we opened with #4 Iota and took a beating 14-25, 15-25, 16-25. Then we split at the Westlake tournament beating Hamilton Christian (25-21, 25-22) and Crowley (23-25, 25-17, 15-3). Our loses were to #8 Rayne (11-25, 14-25) and #10 North Vermilion (15-25, 18-25).
Leesville gave us a good run (25-14, 17-25, 17-25, 27-25, 17-15) bringing our record to 3-3. We played a very strong Sulphur High team and lost (13-25, 16-25, 13-25). Through it all the team has fought hard with no quit.
The Northside Tournament over this last weekend provided our most recent challenge. We entered without our seniors Darci Bonin and Haleigh Lorenz due to ACT testing. So basically we were playing with next year’s team. We went undefeated in our pool (4A Westgate 25-9, 25-15), (5A Captain Shreve 25-19, 25-23), (4A Northside 25-15, 25-23), and (4A Beau Chene 25-17, 25-20). At that point we were 7-4 going into a semi final with Rayne, ultimately dropping it 11-25, 12-25. We ended up 3rd out of 27 teams.
W. W. Lewis hosted the second annual middle school scrimmage and we faced Maplewood and then S. P. Arnett. The Maplewood match went well and the S. P. Arnett match was a struggle. This was a huge advantage going into our opener with Vinton on Monday, Sept. 8. The varsity won 25-11, 25-14. Gracie Dickerson had a big night at middle blocker, 3 kills, 12 of 13 serving, 10 points and 7 aces.
Both setters, Ryley Blackburn and McKenna LeJeune were very solid in their decision making running the offense. They combined for 17 serves, 12 points, 7 aces, and 7 assists.
On Monday, Sept. 15 we hosted J.I. Watson.