Notre Dame tops Teurlings in volleyball action

LAFAYETTE – The Teurlings Lady Rebels kept it close early Thursday in their league showdown with Notre Dame.

Playing for a possible tie for the district championship, the Lady Rebels went back and forth with the Lady Pios in the first set before falling 25-22.

And then reality set it.

The Lady Pios (33-3, 7-0) took control early in the second set, leading by as many as eight, before cruising to a two-set lead with a 25-13 victory.

It was the same story in the final set with the Lady Pios taking a 22-10 lead before finishing off the Lady Rebels a 25-15 victory.

“As the season has gone on and the teams have gotten better, we’ve been in matches where the first game was kind of close,” said Notre Dame coach Tara Young, whose team clinched the district championship with the victory.

“But I think that we’ve got enough depth to where it just makes it tough for teams to finish us. We just have a lot of weapons. We have a lot of kids in every position that can just get the job done and it makes it tough (on our opponents).”

Although Teurlings had its chances in the first set, the last two were never in doubt.

“I thought our play tonight was excellent,” said Young. “We’ve been trying to get our kids to be more aggressive on broken plays and we did a better job with that tonight. And our defensive play was outstanding.”

Offensively, Mayme Cook led the Lady Pios with 11 kills, 17 assists, five digs and three aces. She was followed by Alison Leonards with seven kills, four digs and one block. Kylie Pannell with three kills and seven digs.

Also contributing in the victory were Marie Ledet (3 kills, 11 assists, five digs), Alaina Savoy (3 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks), Taylor Simon (2 kills, 8 digs), Taylor Boulet (9 digs, 1 ace) and Mallory Chaisson (25 digs).

“You know, you can never not mention Mayme because she does such a good job for us,” said Young. “I thought our second setter, Marie Ledet, really stepped up tonight and I thought Taylor Simon, our senior outside hitter, was solid. She (Simon) is really coming along at the net and her passing game is fabulous.”

Notre Dame, which also defeated Rayne and ESA earlier in the week, hopes to keep that momentum going heading into next week when they host three straight games before playing in the ESA Spooktacular to round out the regular season.

The Lady Pios will entertain St. Joseph on Monday (6 p.m.), St. Thomas More Tuesday and Crowley Wednesday.

“We have some big games next week,” said Young. “We’ve probably got nine matches left (including the tournament) so next week is going to be intense.”

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