Lady Jays fall in battle with OHS
The Lady Jays put forth a valiant effort, but the visiting Opelousas Lady Tigers earned a 3-0 sweep Thursday over St. Edmund in volleyball action.
In the opening set, St. Ed’s jumped out to a 6-1 lead, sparked by two timely hits by Sarah Duplechain and strong serves by Savannah DeVillier.
OHS responded with 10 straight points, including blocks by Taylor Fontenot and Christina Donatto.
The Lady Jays fought to keep the game close, but the Lady Tigers then went on an 9-2 run to push ahead 21-13.
St. Ed’s Chole Warner recorded a block and the Lady Jays closed the gap to eight points.
OHS sealed the first set 25-15 win with a spike by Donatto.
The second set was a close battle as both teams battled for the upper hand.
The game was tied nine times before two spikes by Donatto and a Lady Jay error pulled ahead, 15-12.
A strong front line defense by Taylor and Donatto helped the Lady Tigers keep control of the game as OHS earned a 25-21 win.
The battle continued in the third set as Opelousas looked to seal the sweep.
St. Ed’s Ellie Manuel opened the set with an ace, but OHS answered with an ace by Chole Dupre and a kill by Fontenot.
After several errors by both teams, St. Ed’s closed the gap to 6-5 on a dink by Anna Belle Fontenot.
Later in the match, a timely hit by Fontenot, an ace from DeVillier and an OHS hit into the net gave the Lady Jays a 13-11 advantage.
The Lady Tigers forced a 13-13 tie and then moved ahead on a Lady Jay miscue and another spike by Donatto.
St. Ed’s Julia Zaunbrecher’s hit closed the gap to 15-14 and the Lady Jays later forced three more ties to stay in the game.
Several court miscues and serve errors by both teams kept the final set close.
A spike by DeVillier closed Opelousas’ lead to 21-20.
Kills by Fontenot and McKenzie Hook combined with two Lady Jay errors sealed the 25-22 win for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Jays fell in three sets to Iota on Wednesday, 25-23, 25-17 and 28-26.
After rematch with Opelousas on Saturday, the Lady Jays then entertain Beau Chene on Monday.
St. Edmund travels to Westminster Christian Academy on Wednesday and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau on Thursday.