Westminster upends Northside Christian in regional playoff contest

OPLELOUSAS – Sometimes, even the best of plans don’t work out.

Such was the case Tuesday when the Northside Christian Lady Warriors found themselves pitted against No. 4 seed Westminster Christian in a Division V second-round volleyball playoff match.

“We played Westminster twice in the regular season so we knew what we were going up against,” said NCS coach Tracie Clement following a straight set loss to the Lady Crusaders. “We had a plan, we just didn’t all come together tonight.

“We went to White Castle and lost the first two sets and then won the last three so that was great momentum. It just didn’t happen tonight.”

Westminster’s Dalane Guidry did most of the damage in the 25-13, 25-9, 25-17 victory. The lanky outside hitter dominated the net, logging 13 kills and three blocks on the night.

“We had a plan specifically for her (Guidry), but my blockers were off so that it was making everyone else on defense struggle and have a hard time figuring out where she was going,” said Clement. “She’s an amazing athlete.”

Westminster dominated the first two games, by as many as 10 in the first and 16 in the second.

In the final game, Westminster jumped out to a 23-10 lead before Northside rallied for seven straight points. However, the Lady Crusaders regained possession on a long serve and closed out the game on a kill by Guidry.

“When we came across heading into the third set, I asked the girls if they were ready for this to be over and every last one of them said no,” said Clement. “They got in there and made some mistakes, but they were all trying hard. We were able to make a little bit of a run. In the end, we really had a good last set.”

Mia Mier and Natalie Hayes led the Lady Warriors with four kills each. Mier also had two digs while Hayes had four. Mallary Vincent had three kills, one dig and three aces while Madi Clement also had three kills to go along with 14 digs, one ace and two assists.

Also contributing for Northside were Abbie Mouton (1 kill, 4 digs), Maddi Conrad (2 kills, 10 digs, 6 assists), Leah Monte (13 digs) and Kristen Spell (4 digs).

“I thought the girls fought hard and I’m very proud of them. I mean technically, we weren’t even supposed to be here according to the seeding. Our girls did an amazing job.”

Other Volleyball Action

The Iota Lady Bulldogs and Rayne Lady Wolves saw their volleyball seasons come to an end Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs, the No. 11 seed in Division IV, dropped a five-set decision in Hammond to No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas while the Lady Wolves, the No. 8 seed in Division III, lost in four sets to No. 9 Lakeshore.

No details of those game were received by The Post-Signal.

Iota finished the season with an impressive record of 31-8 while Rayne went 19-9 during the 2011 campaign.

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