St. Amant volleyball is on to the quarterfinals

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's Kourtney Gremillion had 14 assists and eight kills in the Lady Gators' second-round win over Slidell. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Kenner's Pontchartrain Center should start reserving a special locker room exclusively for St. Amant because it has become a given that the Lady Gators will be there for the Volleyball State Tournament every year.

This season has been no exception. Once again, St. Amant earned themselves a spot in the quarterfinals as they swept 20th-seeded Slidell 3-0 in Monday night's second-round matchup.

The Lady Gators ended the season on a big-time tear--winning nine of their final 10 matches. The strong run allowed them to finish the regular season 29-11 with a perfect 8-0 mark in the district.

These strong numbers helped them secure a No. 4 seeding--which was the highest of any team in the parish. The high ranking also allowed them to enjoy a first-round bye.

The Lady Gators met No. 20 Slidell on Monday night after they pulled the upset over No. 13 East Ascension in the opening round.

Their bid for a second straight upset victory quickly deteriorated.

St. Amant made quick work out of Slidell. They beat them 25-12 in three straight sets to punch their ticket to the Volleyball State Tournament. It was their 30th win of the year.

Maggie Duplechein was active as always for the Lady Gators. In addition to her 11 kills, she also had 14 assists and five digs.

Kourtney Gremillion was busy as well as she also had 14 assists along with eight kills and three digs. Kara Gremillion led the match with 17 digs.

Alli Duplechein chipped in with five kills, four aces, four digs and two blocks.

With the big win, the Lady Gators will play in the quarterfinals Thursday night against 12th-seeded Fontainebleu--who upset fifth-seeded H.L. Bourgeois in the second round.

Fontainebleu went 27-18 during the regular season. They've actually played St. Amant twice this year.

They swept the Lady Gators 2-0 in the Cabrini tournament back on Oct. 18 but just a week later, St. Amant got their revenge as they beat Fontainebleu in four