H.L. Bourgeois honors coach's victories
Thu. September 20, 2012 at 10:48 a.m. | By Raymond Legendre / Sports Correspondent
H.L. Bourgeois coach Peter Verret shows off a plaque Wednesday commemorating his 500th career victory. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)
GRAY — H.L. Bourgeois volleyball coach Peter Verret received a plaque commemorating his 500th career victory, as well as hugs from his assistants and cries of adulation from his players, prior to Wednesday’s nondistrict match against St. Amant.
What the 19-year veteran head coach did not receive was another win.
Reigning Baton Rouge Metro MVP Toni Rodriguez finished with 16 kills to lead St. Amant to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 win over H.L. Bourgeois.
Verret earned his 500th win earlier this month at Assumption High’s Bayou Classic.
The 1980 H.L. Bourgeois graduate called the pregame ceremony “quite an honor” and said it was “well-taken and well-received.”
Verret quickly turned his praise elsewhere.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said.
Verret’s players made him “proud” Wednesday in spite of their loss, he said. H.L. Bourgeois (11-4 overall) played without injured sophomore setter Rebekah Porche, a development the coach anticipated would lead to an increase in errors.
Freshman setter Madison Percle had her ups and downs, but H.L. Bourgeois’ undoing was its inability to stop the 6-foot-2 Rodriguez from dominating at the net.
Rodriguez committed two hitting errors in the match’s first eight points before finding her game behind the service line.
“She typically doesn’t make a lot of errors,” St. Amant coach Allison Didier Leake said of the junior’s uncharacteristic start.
Rodriguez served back-to-back aces to provide St. Amant an 8-5 lead. The Lady Gators’ margin expanded to as much as nine points late in the first set, as Rodriguez and senior Brooke deVeer (11 kills) controlled net play.
Rodriguez finished with a match-high 16 kills, six digs, four blocks and three aces, as St. Amant improved to 11-2. Lady Gators’ junior setter Kelly Young (31 assists) had a role in most of them.
Rodriguez started the second set with two thunderous kills and a block, as St. Amant scored the first five points and 11 of the first 14. H.L. Bourgeois never pulled closer than six from that point.
The third set began with more intrigue as H.L. Bourgeois led 12-10 early. However, Rodriguez’s scored back-to-back kills, the first a tip out of defender’s reach and the second a blast off two defenders, to put St. Amant in front to stay.
After Verret called time out midway through the third, H.L. Bourgeois briefly raised the home fans’ hopes for a fourth set. Seniors Shannon Jones and Raeven Scott had a kill and block on back-to-back points to close within 18-15.
Rodriguez ended the run with yet another kill. Verret watched with his left hand on his chin and his right hand across his chest, powerless to stop the barrage.
“We had opportunities when Shannon put the ball to the floor,” Verret said of Jones, who had a team-high 11 kills. “We could never actually pull away from them.”
In addition to Jones, Scott finished with six kills for H.L. Bourgeois. Percle dished 21 assists and junior Brenna Copes led the team with five digs.
After the match, St. Amant was the team making noise.
The squad sung “Happy Birthday” to former Terrebonne volleyball coach and current St. Amant assistant Chip Didier, who spent his 60th birthday on the bench aiding Leake, his daughter, in Wednesday’s win.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE DEF. ELLENDER
At Houma, the Lady Trojans rallied to take a 18-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13 win over the Lady Patriots.
Leaders for the Lady Trojans (1-10 overall) were Sloane Robichaux (13 kills, five blocks), Brooke Canter (10 kills), Emily Duet (six aces, 10 digs), Taylor Kimball (five digs) and Kayla Dempster (20 assists).
Ellender dropped to 7-9 overall.
ASSUMPTION DEF. HAHNVILLE
At Hahnville, the Lady Mustangs overcame a first set loss to pick up a 22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12 victory over Hahnville.
Leaders for Assumption (11-7) were Erineka Mollere (13 kills, nine digs), Kevreion Ward (12 kills), Trinity Blanchard (seven kills), Taylor Dupaty (nine digs) and Bailey Daigle (33 assists).
COUNTRY DAY DEF. E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC
At Metairie, the Lady Cardinals lost a 15-25, 25-22, 11-25, 14-25 nondistrict contest to Country Day.
E.D. White fell to 14-7 overall with the loss.