Lady Braves top Slidell on Day 1 of their tourney

H.L. Bourgeois' Chloe Ryder (13) drives a kill over Slidell's Ericka Henderson during Thursday's Lady Braves Classic in Gray. The Lady Braves defeated the Lady Tigers in two games, 25-16, 25-11. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

GRAY — H.L. Bourgeois volleyball coach Peter Verret got to utter four of his favorite words after a 25-16, 25-11 victory over Slidell on Day 1 of the Lady Braves Classic on Thursday.

"We controlled the net," Verret said. "We served pretty well at the beginning of the match, but we controlled the net. We completely controlled the net. That was the difference."

Shannon Jones led the Lady Braves with 15 kills and 11 digs in the Blue Division victory over the Lady Tigers (0-3). Ciara Williams had five kills. Brenna Copes and Jamie Verret each had four digs.

Lady Braves setter Rebekah Porche had 33 assists, Christen Broggi had two aces, and Raeven Scott had two blocks for H.L. Bourgeois (6-1).

H.L. Bourgeois led 12-11 in Game 1 but finished it on a 13-5 run before dominating Game 2.

"I thought our ball control kind of left us (after the early part of Game 1)," Slidell coach Nancy Plaisance said. "We didn't pass the ball well, and we didn't run much offense, especially in the second game. We also missed a lot of serves. We gave them a lot of free points and you can't do that, especially at crucial times, and H.L. is a good club. Our kids hung in there the first game."

Verret said his team's ability to serve well and receive serves well will be key going forward. The Blue and Gray Division of the tourney resume on Saturday at H.L. Bourgeois.

"My thing is serve well, receive well," Verret said. "If we do that, we have the power hitters to attack. We have the power blockers to block, and we have the defense to compete, so with the team we have this year, our destiny will lie in serve and serve receive."

In other Blue Division matches on Thursday involving local teams, the Lady Braves topped Morgan City (25-7, 25-9), Assumption beat Thibodaux (25-6, 26-15), St. Martin's defeated Ellender (25-20, 25-10), Chapelle topped South Terrebonne (25-22, 25-16), Newman edged Assumption (23-25, 25-21, 15-11) and Hahnville topped Thibodaux (25-17, 26-24).

In Blue Division matches involving local teams on Saturday, Ellender plays Morgan City (8 a.m.), South Terrebonne plays Thibodaux (8 a.m.), Assumption plays Hahnville (9:05 a.m.), Ellender plays H.L. Bourgeois (10:10 a.m.), Belle Chasse plays Ellender (11:15 a.m.), South Terrebonne plays Hahnville (11:15 a.m.), Chapelle plays Assumption (12:20 p.m.), H.L. Bourgeois plays St. Martin's (1:25 p.m.), Thibodaux plays Newman (1:25 p.m.), Slidell plays Ellender (2:30 p.m.), South Terrebonne plays Assumption (3:35 p.m.), H.L. Bourgeois plays Belle Chasse (4:40 p.m.), Chapelle plays Thibodaux (4:40 p.m.) and South Terrebonne plays Newman (5:45 p.m.).

The Blue Division final is set for 6:45 p.m. on Court 1 of the H.L. Bourgeois girls gym.



In Gray Division matches on Thursday involving local teams, Central Catholic defeated Central Lafourche (25-5, 25-17), E.D. White Catholic beat Terrebonne (25-23, 25-22), Fontainebleau topped Vandebilt Catholic (25-12, 25-11), E.D. White downed John Curtis (25-15, 25-16) and Berwick beat Terrebonne (25-22, 25-20).

In Gray Division matches involving local teams on Saturday, Vandebilt plays Central Lafourche (8:15 a.m.), E.D. White plays St. Martinville (9:20 a.m.), Destrehan plays Central Lafourche (10:25 a.m.), Terrebonne plays John Curtis (10:25 a.m.), Vandebilt plays Central Catholic (11:40 a.m.), Fontainebleau plays Central Lafourche (12:45 p.m.), E.D. White plays Berwick (12:45 p.m.), Vandebilt plays Destrehan (1:50 p.m.) and St. Martinville plays Terrebonne (1:50 p.m.).

The Gray Division semifinals are set for 3 p.m., and the final is set for 4:15 p.m.



At Slidell, the Lady Warriors fell to 0-2 on the season after the 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 nondistrict loss.

Kira Coleman (six kills, solo block), Amy Bonvillain (four aces, four digs, two kills) and Jordan Hall (10 digs) led the Lady Warriors.