The No. 6-ranked Rayne High Lady Wolves came up one game shy of the 3-A State Volleyball Tournament by dropping a four-game regional round match Monday evening against Brusly.
“Our girls really played hard. I have to give them that,” commented Rayne High head coach Staphenie Garrett on Monday’s match.
“We held our own against a very good and power-hitting team,” Garrett continued.
Brusly’s net play was led by Johnee LeBlanc and Chloe Richard who combined for over 30 kills off a consistent offense.
“I’m really proud of our underclassmen,” Garrett noted. “They led almost all the stats and really came through for us.”
The Rayne lost (25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 21-25) was a close match-up against the No. 10-seed ladies of Brusly, who advanced with a three-game win over Loyola Prey in the opening bi-district round.
What looked like a promising day for the Lady Wolves by claiming the first game of the match with a slim 25-23 score, Brusly answered with three-straight, but close wins to claim the match.
Lady Wolves sophomore outside hitter Layni Boudreaux led the offensive stats with 14 kills, 1 assists, 5 digs and a block.
Amanda Bourque and Katie Benoit each pounced on 7 kills a piece, while Madeline Savoy, who ran the offense with 25 assists, donated four kills of her own.
Completing Rayne’s offensive attack were Mia Guidry (3 digs, 9 assists), Niesha Domingue (1 kill, 1 block), Sidney Fontenot (1 kill, 5 digs) and Taylor Arceneaux (2 kills).
The Rayne defense was led by Haley Comeaux (11 digs), Katelyn LeDoux (7 digs) and Mary Peltier (10 digs).
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Kylie Tolar ran Brusly’s plays with 35 assists, while the defense was led by Carlie Comeaux with 27 digs off the Rayne High offense.
Port Allen’s Lady Pelicans were hoping Monday to give Notre Dame’s Lady Pios something they hadn’t seen in a second- round playoff game in quite a while - a challenge.
And they did.....for the first few points of the opening set, that is.
From there, it was all Notre Dame as the top-seeded Lady Pios cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Lady Pelicans.
The victory sends the Lady Pios (32-10) into the Division IV quarterfinals where they will take on No. 9 McGehee at 11:45 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.
“We knew that if we had any offense at all, we would have them on their heels,” said ND coach Tara Young. “Our game plan worked once we settled down a little bit. We kind of started out a little bit rough, though.”
Semi-finals are slated for Friday with the championship match-up on Saturday when the Lady Pios hope to claim another 3A state title.