Brackets set for the volleyball playoffs

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Gabrielle Gutierrez and East Ascension earned a No. 4 seeding, the highest seeding in the parish. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The LHSAA released their volleyball playoff brackets on Monday, and five Ascension parish teams made the field.

In Division V, two teams made it in Ascension Christian and Ascension Catholic.

Ascension Christian went a perfect 8-0 in district play during the year and won the league for the second straight season. It was their fourth district title in five years.

The Lady Lions finished the regular season with a 23-12 overall record--which helped them secure a No. 7 seeding for the playoffs.

Due to the impressive seed, they'll enjoy a first-round bye. On Monday, they'll play the winner out of the first-round matchup between No. 10 seed and parish rival Ascension Catholic and No. 23 South Plaquemines.

Ascension Catholic achieved the No. 10 seeding despite only finishing the regular season 14-19. They got off to a dreadful 1-11 start due to a treacherous schedule where they played many Division I teams--including East Ascension and Dutchtown.

However, they were able to finish the year 13-8 despite dropping their final two games of the season and finished with a solid 6-4 district record.

They'll host a No. 20 South Plaquemines team in the first round that finished the year just 8-13.

In Division I, all three teams from the parish made the field.

East Ascension collected the best seeding at No. 4. The Lady Spartans finished second in the district to St. Amant, but they compiled a very impressive resumé that saw them win 31 of their 41 matches.

They finished with a 6-2 district mark with their only two losses coming to St. Amant.

East Ascension finished the year on a big-time hot streak. They have won six straight heading into the playoffs, and they have won 20 of their last 24 matches.

They'll have a first-round bye and play the winner of No. 13 Dutchtown and No. 20 Central Lafourche next Monday.

Dutchtown went 24-15 during the regular season and had an up-and-down year in the district--finishing 4-4.

For their first-round game, they'll be hosting a Central Lafourche team that went 27-13. They enter the playoffs on a five-match losing streak after winning 15 straight contests prior to that.

Finally, No. 5 St. Amant made the field to no one' s surprise. They will have a first-round bye and play the winner out of No. 12 Northshore and No. 21 Acadiana on Monday.

St. Amant won yet another district title this year as they finished a perfect 8-0 within league-play. In addition to that, they finished 24-14 overall despite missing arguably the best player in the state in Toni Rodriguez.

The Lady Gators finished the year winning 14 of their final 20 matches.

They will await the winner of the matchup between Northshore and Acadiana. It was Northshore that upset the Lady Gators in the quarterfinals of last year's State Volleyball Tournament when they were a No. 10 seed and St. Amant a No. 2.

This year, Northshore and Acadiana are both 18-16.