Lady Gators sweep Parkview Baptist in final tuneup

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Victoria Ojea drops a dink over Parkview Baptist’s Jillian Gauthier and Madi Blanche in the third game of the Lady Gators’ sweep Wednesday evening.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant swept Parkview Baptist 25-15, 25-22, 27-25 in a non-district matchup to conclude the regular season play in a final tuneup Wednesday night at SAHS gym before the Division I playoffs begin.

“I thought we came out in the first game and really played well,” St. Amant head coach Allison Didier Leake said. “It was senior night and I think they were excited. We slacked off a bit but I think the majority of the match we had control of what was going on.”

No. 19 seeded St. Amant will travel to No. 15 seeded New Iberia Senior High Monday for a bi-district playoff matchup at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday.

“There are things that (New Iberia does) very specifically that we need to work on,” Leake said. “Tonight, we basically pretended (Parkview Baptist was) them. I am confident. It is not going to be easy. We are going to have to show up and play hard.”

St. Amant was led by Laney Gautreau with 23 assists, seven digs, four kills and two aces, while Megan Poore added seven kills and nine digs, Victoria Ojea contributed 11 kills and Peyton Vincent had seven digs and four aces.

“We are getting there,” Leake said. “Our hitters have been doing a much better job. We have been working real hard with them at practice. We have a few tall hitters but our outside hitters aren’t, so we have been working more with them on finesse hitting. Hitting spots and holes because that is how they are going to get points. They are not necessarily going to overpower anyone.”

Fayette Adelaja led Parkview with 10 blocks, eight digs, four aces and three kills, while Carli Wheeler added 16 digs and two kills and Kristi Johnson provided 12 digs and five kills.

“I think we played very flat,” Parkview head coach Charlotte Menard said. “I mean St. Amant is a great team. They always are. I am not going to take anything away from them. They played very well. They have hitters everywhere and their setter did an excellent job. They mixed it up real well.”

Madie Blanche’s dink to open the match gave Parkview their only lead in the first game. Ojea sandwiched kills around Chelcie Daigle’s ace to give St. Amant a 4-1 lead. The Lady Gators then went on a 7-0 run courtesy of Poore’s ace and Gautreau’s kill. Adelaja and Blanche’s kills cut it to 11-4.

St. Amant used another 5-0 run courtesy of Kayla Young’s dink, ace and kill to go ahead 17-6 before Gillian Gautheir’s ace. Two aces by Vincent put the Lady Gators ahead 20-8 before Adelaja and Johnson’s kills and Wheeler’s ace trimmed it. After Poore’s kill, Parkview cut it to 23-15 before Wheeler’s attack error set up game point on Blanche’s attack error.

Adelaja’s kills gave Parkview an early lead in the second game before Ojea followed with two of her own. Parkview went ahead 6-4 on Young’s attack error before Poore’s kill and three consecutive aces from Vincent put St. Amant ahead. Elena Villar’s kill after Adelaja blocked Ojea made it 10-8. Gautreau’s kill put the Lady Gators ahead during  a 5-0 run that saw two aces from Gautreau.

Gautheir’s kill cut it to 19-17 before Vivian Butler blocked Adelaja but Adelaja blocked Ojea to knot it up 21-21. Poore’s dink and kill put the Lady Gators ahead for good and her kill set up game point on Brittany Menard’s return error.

Parkview jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the third game behind two aces from Menard but Gautreau’s kill and Butler’s block of Wheeler knotted it up 6-6. Gauthier blocked Young as the Lady Eagles went ahead 12-7 but the Lady Gators used a 8-0 run courtesy of four kills from Ojea and two aces by Vincent. Ojea blocked Adelaja to make it 17-15 but Wheeler’s consecutive aces allowed Parkview to go ahead 23-22 on Blanche’s kill.

Ojea and Young followed with kills to knot it up 24-24. Villar’s kill set up match point on Butler’s block of Frances Adelaja.

St. Amant fell 25-19, 26-28, 25-22, 24-26, 10-15 to Catholic New Iberia Monday. Ojea had 21 kills, four blocks and three digs, while Gautreau had 33 assists and 14 digs, Young provided 20 digs and seven kills and Vincent had 25 digs.

Allison Lanasky led New Iberia with 25 kills, while Molly Molbert added 44 assists and Ariele Bienvenu had 13 kills.