Parish volleyball teams start district play

Kyle Riviere
Dutchtown's Kristen Thompson (No. 24) clashes at the net with St. Amant's Kourtney Gremillion (No. 8) and Alli Duplechein (No. 5). Photo by Dewey Keller.

Last week was the official start of the district season for the parish's volleyball squads.

East Ascension went 1-2 as they opened their district schedule.

Things started off with the Lady Spartans getting swept by St. Amant 3-0 on Monday night.

They were able to bounce back two days later as they swept Denham Spring to claim their first district victory.

However, though they evened their district mark, they fell in a non-district battle with Central the next night.

The two teams fought back and forth in two thrilling sets, but the Lady Wildcats were able to take both of them by a score of 26-24. In the third set, things came a little more comfortably for them as they claimed a 25-15 victory to take the match.

In the loss, Jessie Watts led both teams with 13 kills and two blocks while Emily Venable added 11 digs, a match-high 10 assists, six kills and two aces.

After a bounce-back win over Episcopal on Monday night, East Ascension brought their overall record to 17-9.

Ascension Christian continues to perform well after a rough 0-8 start to the season.

The Lady Lions continued their district schedule with a straight-sets victory over the Louisiana School for Deaf by scores of 25-10, 25-21 and 25-12.

Though they followed the victory up with a straight-sets loss to St. John, Ascension Christian was still able to remain a perfect 2-0 in district and 6-11 overall after winning six of their last nine matches.

This is the time of year where St. Amant really turns it on, and this season is no exception.

They started district play a perfect 2-0 last week as they swept East Ascension and followed that up with a dominant 3-0 victory over Walker on Wednesday night.

The Lady Gators blew the Lady Wildcats out of the water in the opening set--taking it by a lop-sided score of 25-3. From there, they ran away with the second and third sets by scores of 25-10 and 25-13.

Kara Gremillion served up 11 aces as well as a match-high 13 digs. Kourtney Gremillion led the way with 15 assists as well as nine kills.

Alli and Maggie Duplechein also had nine kills apiece with Maggie adding eight assists to her statline.

Taylor Tidwell chipped in with six kills and a dig.

On Monday, they had a district and parish clash with Dutchtown. Showing their support for Breast Caner Awareness Month, the two teams donned pink jerseys.

St. Amant won the match in straight sets with scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-22.

It pushed the Lady Gators to 15-7 overall while dropping Dutchtown to 14-13.