Lady Griffins sweep Hosanna Christian in Dutchtown tourney

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Danielle Lightfoot drops a dink over Hosanna Christian’s Sommer Geraci in the first game of the Lady Griffin’s sweep Saturday morning in the Dutchtown Tournament

GEISMAR - Dutchtown only trailed once cruising to a 25-14, 25-12 sweep of Hosanna Christian to move into bracket play of the Dutchtown Tournament Saturday morning.

“It is early in the season, but we are playing as well as we have this year,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Ricks said. “We served real well. That was the important thing - to serve and control the ball. We did those two things and were able to come out on top.”

The Lady Griffins were later eliminated by Lutcher.

The tournament became the season opener for many teams, as Hurricane Gustav canceled all games last week.

“I had to scramble and find five teams because East Baton Rouge Parish teams couldn’t play, but we were able to find teams to step in and play,” Ricks said. “I got a lot of good teams here. A lot of teams that just love to play volleyball. That is what I wanted. I was looking for a group that just really loved playing and was going to be competitive.”

Dutchtown raced to a 10-1 lead in the first game. Haley Burns’ kill opened the contest before consecutive kills from Chelsea Magee. Racheal Pickens’ attack error got Hosanna Christian on the board before Pickens and Brook Bahlinger each had two kills.

“I always tell the girls, when you take the lead, you have to keep it,” Ricks said. “They did a good job of that. Everybody contributed. That is the best part of it. Everybody did something well.”

Hosanna Christian cut the deficit to 10-7 on consecutive aces from Shelby Corsentino after Ashleigh Burtette’s dink and two Burns errors.

“Out of the time-out, we focused on the things we need to focus on and were able to pull away,” Ricks said. “I just told them we were losing focus on what we are supposed to be doing, fundamentally.”

Justine Tureau’s four aces made it 16-7. Danielle Lightfoot’s dink preceded Magee’s kill and Caitlyn Jarreau’s ace that made it 19-10 before Sommer Geraci and Burtette’s kills.

Picken’s block and kill preceded Christina Douglas’ service error that set up game point on Bahlinger’s kill.

Geraci’s ace to start the second game gave Hosanna its only lead.

Magee’s kill and Bain’s ace started a 7-0 run that saw Picken’s block Burtette and another ace from Bain.

Ashley LaCour’s kill cut it to 7-2 before Magee’s ace. Geraci’s dink cut it to 10-5 after Burns’ kill but Dutchtown would use a 7-3 run to take control kick started by Lightfoot’s kill and Bain’s block of Geraci.

Bahlinger’s ace made it 14-6 before Jarreau sandwiched a kill and ace in between Picken’s block of LaCour.

Bahlinger’s kill set up game point on Lightfoot’s ace after two more Bahlinger kills and Magee’s ace.

Dutchtown travels to Episcopal Tuesday before hosting Dunham Wednesday.