Showing the effects of a long weekend after competing in the Episcopal tournament in Baton Rouge, Notre Dame dropped a heated four set match at STM, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 16-25.
The Pios won three of five games at Episcopal, playing well enough to reach the semifinals against a field of state tournament teams. Seniors Alaina Savoy and Malorie Chaisson earned All Tournament Team honors for Notre Dame.
Against STM, the Pios had trouble getting winners to fall and containing Cougars outside hitter Shelly Landry, who had eight kills in the first game. Still, Notre Dame battled to tie the game at 20 on a block kill by Marie Ledet, a spike kill by Megan Malmy and a Taylor Boulet service ace. STM’s Landry answered by slamming consecutive kills to close the game.
The second game was typical of games between the two teams. Ledet, Malmy, Allison Leonards and Lindsey Myers spiked winners to give ND a 13-11 lead. Neither team would lead by more than one point until the Cougars forged a 24-22 lead and closed out the 25-23 win.
Game three was all Pios as Savoy quick spiked the Pios to an early 2-1 lead and ND never trailed, leading by as much as eight points. Savoy had four kills in the game and shared team lead with Leonards as each recorded seven kills on the night.
Savoy served at 24-19 and the Cougars got the ball to their attacker, Landry, after a quiet two games. Her laser spike was dug off the floor by Leonards and set to Alex Miller who crushed a winner down the sideline for a 25-19 ND advantage.
Leonards and Malmy kept the Pios close in game four, but hitting errors allowed STM to lead 18-8 and Notre Dame could not recover. The loss dropped the Lady Pios to 6-4 on the season.
Also scoring for ND was Malmy with six kills, Ledet with four winners, Katherine Kirsch and Miller with three each and Meyers with one.
The Pios return to the court Thursday at Teurlings.