Lady Pios tops Teurlings in annual Pink Game; Crowley drops Northside
By: Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios have been virtually unstoppable this season and Tuesday’s district volleyball game against Teurlings at A.B. Dore gym was no different.
The Lady Pios improved to 20-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play with a three-game sweep of the Lady Rebels, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14.
“Tonight’s game was pretty exciting,” said ND coach Tara Young following the annual Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness. “It was an exciting atmosphere and there were some long rallies. We just had a little too much offensive firepower for them.”
Notre Dame controlled the opening game before Teurlings rallied back in the second game to tie it at 21. The Lady Pios weathered the storm before outscoring the Lady Rebels 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead.
“The second game was really exciting,” said Young. “I don’t know that I ever felt like we wouldn’t be able to handle it, but it was good. They definitely gave us a run for our money in that game.”
The third and final game was all Notre Dame. They won that one, 25-14.
“Not winning the second game kind of took the wind out of their sails,” said Young. “That third game, they were struggling.”
Senior Mayme Cook led the Lady Pios’ charge with 13 kills, 14 assists, 10 digs, five aces and one block. Taylor Simon followed with eight kills, 14 digs and one block.
Kylie Pannell added six kills and two digs while Alaina Savoy had four kills, one assist, four digs and one ace.
“Mayme always stands out and Taylor really had a good offensive game,” said Young. “And the play of our middles (Pannell and Savoy) has been great.
“Defensively, we’re always pretty steady so the girls did a good job.”
Defensive specialist Mallory Chaisson and Taylor Boulet also provided stellar performances in the victory. Chaisson logged 21 digs and three aces while Boulet had 14 digs.
Although excited about the win, Young stressed that the Lady Pios still must play better.
“The thing that’s going to make or break our game is our serve receive, and, definitely, our numbers were down tonight,” said Young. “Our serve receive struggled a little bit across the board and we just weren’t able to do some stuff that we’ve been able to do because of our ball control.”
Notre Dame traveled to Lafayette to take on St. Thomas More yesterday, but results were not available at press time.
The Lady Pios will return to action Monday when they play host to Sam Houston. The freshman game is slated for 3:15 p.m. with the jayvee and varsity games to follow.
In other prep volleyball action, the Crowley Ladies improved to 8-12 on the season with a five-set (16-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 25-19) non-district victory over cross-town rival Northside Christian.
The Lady Warriors took a 2-1 lead after the first three games before the Ladies rallied to win the next two to claim the match.
“It was a battle,” said CHS first-year coach Megan Melancon. “We’ve struggled some early in the season, we’ve come together as a team the last two games.
“After falling behind 2-1, the girls responded. They are tired of being the underdog and they worked it out and really came together. It was all them and I’m so proud of them.”
Mercedes Rogers led the Ladies with nine kills and four blocks. Akeela Dugar added seven kills, 10 digs and two blocks in the victory while Jakia Rigmaiden had five kills and three blocks.
Tori Clement and Natalie Hayes paced the Lady Warriors. Clement had eight kills, 25 digs and one ace while Hayes had eight kills and 22 digs. Courtney Romero added three kills, 32 digs and eight assists.
Crowley returns to action tonight when they travel to Leroy to take on North Vermilion in a district contest at 5 p.m.
Northside will open district play Friday when they travel to Jennings to take on Bethel at 5:30 p.m.