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Ursuline sweeps Vandebilt in three

Vandebilt Catholic's Erin Crane hits the ball over the net Thursday against Ursuline. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

Vandebilt Catholic was strong in all three sets of Thursday’s nondistrict volleyball match with Ursuline Academy at the Kolb Center.

However, the Lady Lions were a little bit stronger.

Lauren Barre had 13 kills to lead Ursuline (8-5 overall) to a 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 victory and three-game sweep over the Lady Terriers.

In what felt like a playoff atmosphere right from the start, all three sets stayed close until the end, with Ursuline needing a strong run in the middle to late stages to pull away.

In the first set, the Lady Lions used a 6-1 run to take a 14-9 lead near the midway point before a 7-0 Vandebilt (5-9 overall) run gave the Lady Terriers a two-point lead.

Barre’s kill stopped the damage and sparked a 5-0 Ursuline run that put the Lady Lions ahead, 21-17, late in the match. Arielle Lewis’s kill made it 24-19 and set up set point, and Sarah Lebouef hit into net to give Ursuline the 25-20 victory in the opening match.

Ursuline again led near the midway point of the second set after falling behind early. The Lady Lions fought back to take a 19-14 lead following a kill from Lewis, and Barre’s kill on set point closed out the second set for a 25-19 victory. The six-point victory also tied Ursuline’s largest lead of the match.

In the third game, Ursuline erased an 11-8 deficit and used a 6-0 run, capped by a kill from Landry, to take a 17-13 lead and force a Vandebilt timeout.

The Lady Lions’ eight-point lead in the final match was their largest of the game, and on match point, Lewis’ kill gave Ursuline the 25-17 victory.

“We know a lot of people on Vandebilt’s side of the net and this is always a great environment for both schools,” Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juan said. “You can’t ask for much more from the crowd (Thursday) and the energy from both schools was really good.

Erin Regouffre had eight kills, and Megan Johnson had 24 assists for Ursuline. Rachel Rabalais had three aces. 

“One thing we really emphasized was taking care of first-contact balls,” Juan said. “We did that (Thursday).”

Leboeuf and Erin Crane had six kills apiece for Vandebilt. Crane also added 29 digs.

“(Ursuline) had several weapons coming from all over,” Lady Terriers coach Latashia Wise said. “My team did exactly what I asked of them. I asked them to serve and receive well, to cover, and to play with intensity. I’m happy they did all that and I’m excited. Most people will say we lost, but I’m excited because this is mid-season and we’re still balancing injuries. This was the best our team has played all season.

“If anything, we missed too many serves and (Ursuline) capitalized.”



At Napoleonville, the Lady Mustangs picked up a 25-12, 25-11, 25-9 nondistrict victory and improved to 12-6 overall.

Erineka Mollere (nine kills), Taylor Dupaty (eight kills), Brianna Brown (eight kills), Kevreion Ward (seven kills), Bailey Daigle (32 assists), Bre Landry (six aces) and Caroline Gonzales (six aces) led Assumption.

Thibodaux fell to 4-10 overall.



At New Orleans, the Lady Tigers improved to 5-6 overall with the 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 nondistrict victory.

Darian Dees (19 kills, four blocks), Jackie Daigle (27 assists, three aces), Kasie Ordoyne (17 digs) and Randi Use (five aces) led the Lady Tigers.



At Mathews, the Lady Trojans picked up the 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 nondistrict victory and improved to 2-11 overall.

Sloane Robicheaux (10 kills, three aces), Darrian Owens (seven kills) and Emily Ratley (24 assists) led the Lady Trojans, who also got 12 digs from Taylor Kimball in a victory over Ellender on Wednesday.



At Galliano, the Lady Tarpons fell to 4-5 on the season with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-5 nondistrict loss.



At Patterson, the Lady Gators won 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 in the nondistrict match to improve to 7-11 overall.

Sarah Leboeuf (10 kills), Julia LeBlanc (10 kills, two aces), Katelyn Blanchard (15 assists) and Taylor Dupre (seven digs) led the Lady Gators.



At Arnaudville, the Lady Lions fell to 4-1 overall with the 25-16, 25-22, 15-25, 25-19 loss.

Kelsey Bourg (23 assists), Naomi Trujillo (12 kills, five aces) and Gabby McCorkel (five aces, five digs) were leaders for CCA.


— Kelly McElroy, staff writer.