Lady Pios top Catholic of New Iberia in district opener
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios opened up district play with a bang Wednesday, taking a three-set victory over rival Catholic High of New Iberia at A.B. Dore gym.
In a battle featuring the defending Division II state champion (Catholic High) against the defending Division III state champion (Notre Dame), the Lady Pios posted back-to-back 25-17 victories in the first two games before closing out the match with a 25-18 win in the third game.
“This was huge for us to start off district like that,” said ND coach Tara Young, whose squad improved to 12-9 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory. “We all felt like we finally put a whole match together. We’ve had spurts where we have played well, but we haven’t been able to execute to the finish.”
Notre Dame has had Catholic’s number for years now after defeating the Lady Panthers in the quarterfinals of the playoffs in 2005 and 2007.
“Catholic has been a big rival for us over the last five or six years,” said Young. “And once the districts were realigned and we were in their district, it made it a real big game. And it makes it exciting because we’re both coming off a state championship season.”
For Notre Dame, Wednesday’s victory was a total team effort with four players logging at least six kills. Allison Leonards led the Lady Pios with 12 kills to go along with 11 digs and two aces while Megan Malmay had 10 kills and two digs. Alaina Savoy added eight kills, seven digs and two aces and Katherine Kirsch had six kills and four digs.
“Both of our outside hitters (Leonards and Malmay) had phenomenal nights,” said Young. “But the reason why we were able to get everyone involved was because our passing was very good. Our middles ( Savoy and Kirsch) had a good night and that was because we were able to pass the ball.
“We were able to get everybody into it. And when we can get everyone into it, teams are going to have a difficult time with us because we have people that can put the ball away from every spot.”
Also contributing for the Lady Pios were Alex Miller (3 kills, 17 assists, 5 digs, 1 ace), Lindsey Meyer (1 kill, 1 block), Marie Ledet (15 assists, 4 digs, 1 ace), Taylor Boulet (14 digs) and Mallory Chiasson (27 digs).
The Lady Pios will be in action again on Monday when they play host to St. Thomas More at 7 p.m.
“We didn’t fare so well with STM the first time we played them,” said Young of her team’s four-set loss to the Lady Cougars last month. “We just weren’t executing. We’re hoping this big win tonight will carry over into Monday.”
IOWA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a three-set loss to Leesville in tournament action over the weekend and claimed a 25-9, 26-24, 25-12 road victory over Iowa Wednesday.
The Lady Dogs have won 19 of their last 20 matches and are currently 28-3 on the season.
Madison Meche paced the Lady Dogs in the victory over Iowa with nine kills and two blocks . Kaylee Richard had six kills. Taylor Deville added five kills and three assists while Gabbi Heinan also had five kills.
Also contributing for Iota were Adalie Wriborg (20 assists, 1 ace), Claire LeJeune (30 digs), Bree Trumps (14 digs, 3 aces), Paige Soirez (12 digs, 4 aces), Melinda Russell (12 digs), Madelyn LeJeune (4 blocks) and Mallory Faul (1 assist).
The Lady Dogs took on St. Mary yesterday in their first district game of the season but results were not available at press time.