Lady Pios cruise past North Vermilion

By Chris Quebodeaux

SPORTS EDITOR

MAURICE – The Notre Dame Lady Pios opened district play Tuesday in dominant fashion, surrendering just 19 points in a three-game victory over North Vermilion at Maurice Middle School.

The Lady Pios won the first two games handily, 25-3, 25-5, before taking the final game, 25-11.

“It’s important for us to go in and do what we have to do against a team that is kind of struggling and kind of learning how to play,” said Notre Dame coach Tara Young following the victory that sent her team to 21-3 on the season.

The Lady Pio starters had little problem with North Vermilion early on, jumping out to an early double-digit lead before giving up two of the Lady Patriots’ three points at the end of the first game.

The second game was much of the same for Notre Dame. North Vemilion, playing it’s first season of varsity volleyball, kept it close early on, down just 6-3 in the opening stages before the Lady Pios went on a 19-2 run.

“We did a good job tonight,” said Young. “Everyone did what they needed to do. They were pumped about district starting and they came and got the job done.”

Young sent in her reserves for most of the third and final game. The younger Lady Pios fended off an early North Vermilion rally and reeled off nine of the final 10 points to seal the victory.

“We were able to get some of our younger girls in (the game) who don’t get much court time on varsity,” said Young. “That’s always a good thing because sometime we may have to fall back on some of their skills so it’s good when you can get some of your young kids in.”

Taylor Simon and Kylie Pannell led the way for the Lady Pios. Simon recorded 11 kills, four digs and one ace while Pannell had six kills, four digs and one ace.

“Our two big outside hitters, Taylor and Kylie, did a good job,” said Young. “They did exactly what we need them to do every game.”

Allison Leonards added eight kills, one assist and one dig; Caroline Stewart had five kills, one assist and one dig; Hannah Godeaux had four kills, 23 assists and one dig and Alex Boulet had 1 kill, 18 digs and eight aces.

Also contributing were Marie Ledet with eight assists, one dig and one ace, Mallory Chiasson with seven digs and one ace and Alaina Savoy with four kills and two digs.

Notre Dame took on Rayne last night, but results of that contest were not available at press time.

The Lady Pios will be in action again Wednesday when they play host to Catholic of New Iberia in their annual Pink Game which benefits cancer awareness.

Pink t-shirts for that game are being sold at the Notre Dame main office for $12 each. All proceeds from the game, as well as the t-shirts sales, will be donated to the Miles Perret Center.

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