By Chad DeRousselle
Our opening match at JI Watson did not start out as we had envisioned. In the blink of an eye we were down 0-8 as their lead off server pounded us. After losing 15-25 in the first set, we came after them in the 2nd and won 25-11. All of this back and forth brought us to the 15 point tie breaker game. We started out with an early 5 point lead, then faltered into a neck and neck race. We were down 12-13 and Kennedi Langton came up to serve. She scored the tying 13th and then the 14th points at which time they called their last time out to “ice” Kennedi. When Kennedi fired off the last serve it was for an ace and we started the season 1-0. Setter Katelyn Flower and middle blocker Terhyn Barlow also had strong showings for us.
We played Monday, Sept. 21, at home vs. Oak Park and will play Monday, Sept. 28, at LeBlanc.
The (#13) Leesville and (#2) St. Louis loses by 2 points each in tie breakers are examples of how close we are, and Beau Chene, Sulphur, and North Vermilion were all within a handful of points. So we now are 10-8 and hopefully the girls will fight hard for our playoff lives. Along the way Lindsay Blanks has broken the all time ACE record with 214 and the all time scoring with 707, Haleigh Lorenz held those marks before Lindsay.
We played at #6 Sulphur Tuesday and host Washington Marion next Tuesday.