Lady Pios cruise past St. Charles
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios did what a No. 1 seed is expected to do in their regional-round game Monday against St. Charles.
The Lady Pios (36-6), Division IV’s top seeded team, dominated from the start and made short work of the 17th seeded Comets, claiming a 3-0 victory at A.B. Dore Gym.
The victory sends the Lady Pios to the LHSAA State Farm State Volleyball Tournament in Kenner where they will take on No. 8 Sacred Heart of New Orleans Thursday at 12:40 p.m. in a quarterfinal contest.
“We just have a lot of depth and size,” said ND coach Tara Young following the victory. “We’re very well rounded; we’ve got a lot of diversity and we’ve got a lot of kids that can do a lot of great things.
“With the bye in the first round, we hadn’t played in nine days so we came in hungry and ready to play. And I know we will be hungry and ready to play when we get to the state tournament.”
Two Lady Pios that stood out in the victory were Grace Morgan and Lindsey Meyer. The duo combined for 19 kills.
Morgan logged 11 kills to go along with four digs and two aces while Meyer had eight kills and one dig. Each played sparingly as Young was able to mix in a number of younger players in the rout.
“Grace and Lindsey have been our mainstays and we definitely rely heavily on them,” said Young. “And as the competition increases, they’re both going to have to continue to step up and continue to do what they have done all season.”
Morgan and Meyer’s success, however, would not be possible without a solid setter and, fortunately for Notre Dame, they have two of the top setters around.
Alex Miller and Sam Lyons combined for 23 assists and six kills on the night. Miller recorded 12 assists, three kills and four digs while Lyons had 11 assists, three kills, nine digs and six aces.
“You just can’t do the things we do without Sam and Alex,” said Young. “They are our quarterbacks that are moving the ball around and making sure they are communicating with everyone. They really do a great job.”
Alli Daigle also had a big game with eight digs and one ace.
“Our libero (Daigle) just does an exceptional job,” said Young. “I mean she’s back there digging balls that most people can’t get a hand on.”
Also contributing in the victory were Anne Faulk and Laura Schmid with two kills and two digs each. Olivia Barbin added one kill, five digs and two aces and Gabbie Romero had 11 digs and one ace.
“We’re excited and ready to go,” said Young about the upcoming state tournament at the Pontchartrain Center. “It’s hard to believe it’s already here, but in the same breath, we’re ready to finish. We’re right where we need to be. We’ve done some really awesome things during the course of the season and we’ve played in some really tough tournaments that has prepared us for this so I think we’re ready.”