Iota knocks off North Vermilion in volleyball playoff action
IOTA – Beating a good team twice in a season is difficult enough, but three times?
No problem for the Iota Lady Bulldogs.
The No. 5-seeded Lady Dogs cruised past No. 12 North Vermilion in straight sets Monday to earn a berth in the LHSAA State Farm State Volleyball Tournament which begins Thursday in Kenner.
Iota will take on No. 4 Lutcher at 2:30 p.m. on Court 3 at the Ponchartrain Center.
It was the third time the Lady Dogs have knocked off their district rival this year.
“We came out with a lot of confidence tonight and it continued through all three games,” said Iota coach Luke Richard, whose team dominated each contest (25-12, 25-10, 25-12). “The whole time, we were confident and aggressive. We were really focused, we made a lot of plays and we had a lot of blocks tonight.
“Our mental game was a lot better tonight than it has been. Sometimes we just go through the motions but tonight we played hard the entire game and never let up.”
Richard said Iota’s victory was a total team effort after watching six of his players combine for 40 kills and 14 blocks on the night.
Madison Meche and Erika Manuel each logged nine kills. Meche added six digs and one ace while Manuel had two digs, two blocks and one assist.
Madison Benoit and Taylor DeVille added six kills each. Benoit also had three digs and six blocks and DeVille had four blocks.
Mallory Faul followed with five kills, eight digs, 25 assists and two blocks while Brittany Roy had five kills and two digs.
“We had a big night from our hitters tonight,” said Richard. “It was really a team effort, straight across the board. We had a lot of touches, a lot of blocks and we hit the ball really hard tonight.”
Richard also had praise for his libero, Jillian Boone, who finished with 31 digs and two aces.
“I know a libero doesn’t get a lot of oohs and ahhs from the crowd but Jillian is one of the most aggressive players I’ve every coached,” said Richard. “She’s relentless and gets to a lot of balls. She gets the ball to the setter pretty much every time she gets a touch on it and that’s what really gets our offense going. When that pass is there it really allows our offense to execute.”
Also contributing for the Lady Dogs were Sydney Hebert (17 digs), Emily Navarre (16 digs) and Sarah Johnson ( 6 digs, 7 assists).