OVERMATCHED: Fontainebleau’s height too much for Lady Gators in regional sweep

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Kayla Young delivers a kill in between Fontainebleau’s Delaney Pittari and Jessica Guttierrez in the first game of the Lady Gators’ 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 loss in the Division I 
regional playoffs Tuesday evening at the Dawg Pound.

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MANDEVILLE ­– No. 3 seed Fontainebleau used its height and experience to sweep St. Amant  25-11, 25-14, 25-11 Tuesday evening at the Dawg Pound.

“They were bigger and stronger,” St. Amant head coach Allison Didier Leake said. “To beat a team like that is possible but you have to out hustle them and out dig them on defense and that is something we didn’t come to do. I told that to girls before the match started if they wanted to beat this team and we didn’t make the extra ordinary play to keep them off course."

Fontainebleau (25-9) advanced to the Louisiana High School Athletic State Tournament at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner against No. 6 Mandeville Thursday afternoon. No. 14 seed St. Amant ended the season with an overall record of (21-19).

“I thought we played real well,” Fontainebleau head coach Danny Tullis said. “We controlled the ball well and did a good job of passing and setting. When we have good ball control, we feel confident and we really served well tonight.

“We have size but it is athletic size and we are technically sound, which we have put a lot of work into and makes a big difference for us.”

Jessica Guttierrez led the Lady Bulldogs with eight kills, 11 digs and seven aces, while Haley Bonneval had nine kills, Taylor Anderson added eight kills and Michelle Cabeceiras provided 31 assists.

Kayla Young led St. Amant with five kills and seven digs, while Sami Marchand provided 13 assists and five digs and Peyton Vincent added nine digs.

“I think they definitely had more experience than we do and it showed,” Leake said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes passing the ball and not watching their hitters. We didn’t anticipate.”

St. Amant's only leads were 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 in each of the three games, and the Bulldogs took command shortly thereafter in all three.

Fontainebleau built a 7-1 lead in the first game on Bonneval’s kill. Young’s kill cut it to 11-5 before Bonneval and Guttierrez’s. Stevi?Tate’s kill cut the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 21-10 before consecutive St. Amant errors closed out the game.

Alaina Decoteau’s ace put the Lady Gator’s ahead 2-1 in the second game before Fontainebleau went on a 9-0 run highlighted by Guttierrez’s four aces. Young’s kill cut it to 15-7 before Guttierrez's consecutive kills.

Elena Villar’s kill cut it to 23-11 but a service error set up game point on Bonneval’s kill.

Vincent’s ace opened the third game before Fontainebleau went ahead 8-3 on Anderson’s kill. Villar’s kill cut it to 13-7 but the Lady Bulldogs used 6-0 run courtesy of Anderson’s kill.

Emma Key’s kill and Marchand’s dink cut it to 23-12 but Guttierrez’s kill set up match point on an attack error.