Lady Gators drop first district loss to Hahnville

Peter Silas Pasqua

ST. AMANT  - St. Amant finished slow dropping their first district match of the season 26-17, 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 10-15 Monday night in Division 4-I play at SAHS’ gym.

“We got down by a couple of points and we could never recover from that,” St. Amant head coach Allison Didier Leake said. “We got down because of our defense and passing, things that are our strong points on the court.

“We had some hitters that didn’t play well tonight and didn’t take care of business. We played aggressive in the first game but with a team like Hahnville, you can’t give them any free balls and

in the fourth and fifth games we gave them a ton of free balls. You give a team like that free balls and they are going to take advantage and set up their hitters.”

St. Amant (13-13, 5-1) now finds themselves tied for first place with Destrehan with one loss apiece after sweeping East St. John Wednesday night. Hahnville and Dutchtown are tied for third place each with two district losses.

“The next round, we have to beat everybody that we play in order to make sure that we play for a district championship,” Leake said. “It is definitely reachable. It is not something that is as easy as 1-2-3 but it is definitely attainable.

“It has been a while since we have really played well. We are playing five games and winning some and losing some. We should look a lot better. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we will get our stuff together.”

Laney Gautreau led St. Amant with 31 assists, 16 digs, six kills and three aces Monday, while Victoria Ojea added 17 kills and five blocks and Kayla Young provided 19 digs, seven kills and three aces.

Jamara Celistan led Hahnville with 21 kills and three blocks, while Elise DeBruler provided 46 assists and Jasmine Hill had 12 digs.

“In the fifth game, we took care of the ball late and that helped us out,” Hahnville head coach Mindy LeBoeuf said. “Both teams made a lot of errors early and we just happened to clean it up.

“They are a very good team. I think a lot of the teams in our district are relatively evenly matched, so it is close, which is good competition.”

St. Amant swept East St. John 25-12, 25-12, 25-20 Wednesday.

Ojea led the Lady Gators with 12 kills and two blocks, while Gautreau provided 23 assists, two kills and one block, Chelcie Daigle added 10 digs and eight aces and Elena Villar contributed six kills.

Chantell Bush led East St. John with four kills and four blocks, while Mariah Wilder provided four blocks and two kills and Emily Heltz had 13 assists.