Parish teams fall short of reaching the state tournament

Kyle Riviere
Dutchtown's Kristen Thompson (No. 24) had 20 kills in their first-round win over Woodlawn. Photo by Dewey Keller.

St. Amant was able to once again play their way into the Volleyball State Tournament but this year, they'll be the only Ascension squad making the trip to Kenner.

All four of the other parish teams that made the playoffs fell short in cashing in a spot in the quarterfinals.

Starting in Division V, Ascension Christian came into the playoffs as a No. 18 seed. The Lady Lions had struggled through a losing record, but they were able to earn a favorable seed due to them winning their district.

For the first-round matchup, they had to go on the road to face No. 15 White Castle. It was there that Ascension Christian's run ended as they were defeated in five sets.

The Lady Lions fought back from a 2-1 deficit when they bested the Lady Bulldogs 31-29 in a thrilling fourth set. However, White Castle was able to close out the match 15-11 in the fifth.

Also in Division V, Ascension Catholic was able to head into the playoffs with the second-highest seeding in the parish at No. 7.

The Lady Bulldogs had finished in a three-way tie for their district title during the year, and that helped them earn a first-round bye to start the postseason.

In second-round action Monday night, Ascension Catholic hosted 10th-seeded Central Catholic, and they were upset in four sets.

Speaking of upsets, East Ascension fell victim to one in Division I.

The Lady Spartans had a solid 24-16 year that awarded them the 13th seeding and a home playoff game, but the home matchup didn't do them any good.

No. 20 Slidell made the long journey to Gonzales and beat East Ascension in four sets.

Other than St. Amant, the only parish team to win a playoff game was Dutchtown.

The 11th-seeded Lady Griffins finished second in their district. It set them up with a first-round home matchup with No. 22 Woodlawn.

Dutchtown made easy work of them--cruising to a straight-sets victory. The Lady Griffins got huge performances from some of their best players.

Like she has all year, Kristen Thompson dominated at the net as she chalked up a match-high 20 kills. Caroline Beeman did her part as well as she added 11 kills and four aces.

Sena DeLuca was tremendous in the assist department as she collected 41 of them.

The win upped Dutchtown's overall record to 26-16 and moved them into the second round of the playoffs.

On Monday night, they had to make the trip to play sixth-seeded Comeaux. The Lady Griffins fought hard. They actually won the first set easily by a score of 25-11, but that's when Comeaux stepped up their game. They won three straight sets to close things out.

The loss ended Dutchtown's season just one win short of the Volleyball State Tournament.