Five parish teams reach second round of playoffs

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's win over Baton Rouge High punched their ticket to the state tournament. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

After another strong volleyball season in Ascension, five parish squads made the playoffs, and most impressively, all five teams were able to earn postseason victories.

However, with five Ascension squads entering the second round, only one was able to earn a trip to Kenner for the Volleyball State Tournament. That distinction again went to St. Amant.

The Lady Gators have made the Pontchartrain Center a second home over the years, and they'll be there again in 2016, chasing that elusive Division I state title.

St. Amant entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the state.

They finished the regular season winning 26 of their final 28 matches and capturing another district title. It was the fifth straight season where they went undefeated in league play.

The impressive resume earned them the No. 3 playoff seeding and awarded them a first-round bye.

In the second round, they played No. 14 Baton Rouge High at Dutchtown--their temporary home while the Gold Dome takes on repairs stemming from the August flood.

St. Amant cruised for much of the match as they came through with a straight-sets victory by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-17.

The Lady Gators were led by Taylor Tidwell as she collected 19 kills, 13 assists and eight digs. Maggie Duplechein complimented her well with 13 kills, 19 assists and seven digs of her own.

The victory pushed St. Amant through to the quarterfinals, where they'll meet No. 6 Fontainebleau.

The two teams met in the first match of the season. Fontainebleau escaped with a thrilling five-set victory.

The Lady Bulldogs have been a thorn in Ascension Parish schools' sides. To get to the quarterfinals, they ended East Ascension's season.

In the opening round, the Lady Spartans pulled off a huge upset as they knocked off No. 11 Barbe on the road. The Lady Buccaneers made the state semifinals last season.

East Ascension showed tremendous grit as they bounced back from a 25-18 loss in the opening set. From there, they rolled to capture three straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-20.

However, in their second-round game against Fontainebleau on Saturday, their season came to an end with a straight-sets loss by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-11.

The Lady Spartans finished the year 17-25.

Dutchtown continued to be a thorn in the side of Denham Springs.

The Lady Griffins had beaten them twice in district play during the regular season, and in their first-round matchup, No. 13 Dutchtown cruised once again.

For a third straight match, they won in straight sets by scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-11.

They hit the road for their second-round game against fourth-seeded Mandeville on Saturday. Their journey to the state tournament fell short as they dropped a three-setter to the Lady Skippers by scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-16.

The Lady Griffins finished the season 24-16.

Ascension Christian continued their late-season hot streak as they hosted an opening-round game against White Castle.

The Lady Lions fought back after dropping the first set. They narrowly ran past the Lady Bulldogs in five sets to navigate to the second round.

There, they had to go on the road to face their greatest challenge of the season, a matchup with No. 3 Louise McGehee—the defending Division V champs.

They showed why they’re champions against the Lady Lions—rolling to a straight-sets victory by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-11.

Ascension Christian finished the season with a final record of 15-10.

Ascension Catholic took their lumps during the first part of the year, but they finished with a strong stretch in district.

They kept the momentum going in the first round of the playoffs as they upset Academy of Sacred Heart - G.C. on the road.

Besides a hiccup in the third set, the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 3-1 victory.

It set up a very difficult road matchup in the second round.

They faced top-seeded Ascension Episcopal, and the Lady Gators rolled to a straight-sets victory by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-14.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a final record of 10-27.