Dutchtown weathers Lady Spartans’ quick start for sweep

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Jyra Churchill goes up for a dink attempt in over Dutchtown’s Racheal Pickens and Brooke Bahlinger in the first game of the Lady Griffins sweep Wednesday night.

Dutchtown fell behind 15-8 in the first game before rallying for the win on way to a 25-22, 25-4, 25-14 sweep of East Ascension in Division 4-I play Wednesday evening at EAHS gym.

“I knew playing here they would have really loud fans supporting them and they would come out excited,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Ricks said. “We just needed to weather the storm and it was just a matter of plugging away. I knew once we got on top we could finish it out.”

“I think we are right there. We just have to work on a couple of things. Our ball control has been the story the whole year but I think we will be just fine.”

Dutchtown (9-13 , 4-2) moves into a third place tie with Hahnville behind district leading St. Amant and Destrehan, who each have one loss, after the first round of district play. East Ascension (5-6, 1-4)  finds themselves in fifth place after the loss as East St. John pulls up the rear.

“The way we started is the team that we are, but the first time something doesn’t go our way, we get down,” East Ascension head coach Lacey Barbera said. “We never recovered. We can’t get over obstacles and we just beat ourselves. We can definitely compete with them when we are all here and we are all healthy.”

Whitney Delmore and Haley Burns traded kills to open the contest before East Ascension went ahead on 4-2 on Sarah Venable’s ace. Jyra Churchill and Chelsea Magee traded kills before Kandis Carter’s gave the Lady Spartans a 9-5 advantage. Burns’ kill cut it to 12-8 before Magee’s attack error gave East Ascension their biggest lead.

Burns’ kill turned the tide followed by her four consecutive aces to cut it o 15-13 but East Ascension did not back down. Magee and Rachael Pickens’ kills made it 18-15 before Delmore’s dink. Tanisha Thomas’ attack error tied it at 19-19 after Magee and Brooke Bahlinger’s kill before Dutchtown went ahead 22-20 on Justine Tureau’s consecutive aces.

Churchill left the game due to injury following a dink before Carter’s attack error set up game point on Burns’ kill after Caitlin O’Banion’s service error.

Dutchtown blew open the second game taking a 19-0 lead on Shamarea Jones’ serve. Magee’s kill and Burns’ block of Delmore put the Lady Griffins ahead 3-0. Jones added three aces and Burns provided four kills and a dink in the run before Delmore’s kill ended East Ascension’s drought.

“Shamarea hit her spot everytime she served but I think it was more taking advantage of the situation,” Ricks said. “It looked like they were out of place due to the injury.”

Jones’ error cut it to 20-3 before Pickens blocked Delmore and Magee’s ace set up game point on another.

East Ascension went ahead 1-0 in the third game on Tureau’s return error before her kill.

Churchill’s attack error preceded Pickens’ return error before three consecutive kills from Magee put the Lady Griffins ahead for good. Caitlin Roddy’s kill cut to 9-3 before Dutchtown used a 6-0 run courtesy of kills from Pickens and Bahlinger.

Carter’s kill and Roddy’s ace cut it to 16-6 before East Ascension went on a 6-0 run courtesy of Delmore’s consecutive kills and Thomas’ ace to cut to  17-12 but Dutchtown followed with their own 6-0 run courtesy of Magee and Burns’ kills and block of Carter and Jones’ ace to make ti 23-12.

Olivia Maher’s service error after Delmore’s kill set up match point on Burns ace.

Dutchtown lost to Destrehan 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 7-15 Monday night at Destrehan.

East Ascension defeated East St. John 25-22, 25-4, 25-14 Monday night in Reserve.

Maher had five aces and 22 assists to lead the Lady Spartans, while Thomas added two aces, three kills and four blocks, Delmore had four kills and two blocks, Roddy provided five aces and two kills and Kristen Watts had seven aces.

Dutchtown’s Haley pushes up a set for Racheal Pickens in the the third game of the Lady Griffins’ sweep Wednesday night.