E.D. White prevails over Vandy in five games

E.D. White Catholic's Emily Weimer (3) hits the ball past Vandebilt Catholic's Melanie Sanvi (15) and Kristen Kurtz (25) during Tuesday's District 5-III match in Houma. E.D. White won in five sets, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

E.D. White Catholic volleyball coach Mary Cavell stands and jots down facts on pieces of paper during each one of her team's matches.

She makes notes, with the support of her clipboard, and scribbles down how each point is scored.

A quick reveal to her team after a close Game 1 loss to Vandebilt Catholic on Tuesday got the Lady Cardinals on the right track, and they went on for a dramatic 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12 District 5-III victory at the Brother Alfred Kolb Center in Houma.

In that Game 1, Vandebilt capitalized on 19 unforced errors by E.D. White (15-7 overall, 2-0 in district) and with the Lady Cardinals leading 24-17, went on a 9-0 run to close the game with a 26-24 win.

"My kids know when I show them this," Cavell said while looking down to the clipboard. "All (the Lady Terriers) had were six earned points. I thought our girls gave them too much in the first game. We had 19 unforced errors in the first game. I told them they were going to play their game, and I was proud of how they came out and really took it to them in the second game."

E.D. White won that second game after an 8-0 lead, and went ahead 2-1 after a 25-22 win in Game 3 which was tied at 19, and ended on Lady Terriers miscue.

But Vandebilt rallied to win Game 4 on the strength of a Sarah LeBouef kill that ended it and forced the dramatic Game 5.

"It was a very good match played between two Catholic school rivals," Vandebilt coach Latashia Wise said. "Anytime E.D. White and Vandebilt come together, they give a tremendous show. E.D. White showed tremendous heart. There were times they had to battle, and there were times we had to battle. Both teams did a very good job of showing character and sportsmanship."

In Game 5, the Lady Cardinals jumped ahead 6-3 on the strength on Sydney Bordis' serving game. After E.D. White went ahead 11-4, the Lady Terriers called a timeout and ran off three straight points to make it 11-8.

After an E.D. White timeout, Vandebilt later cut the Lady Cardinals lead to 13-10, before a miscommunication on defense allowed the ball to fall to the floor and gave the Lady Cardinals match point. From there, Rodrigue recorded a block for a kill that ended it.

"I thought the difference in the last game was our serving. We got the lead, and put the ball in smart spots, and Madison Rodrigue, outside hitter, and Sydney Bordis, came through in a lot of outstanding ways," Cavell said. "It was a great team effort. I thought our setters distributed the ball very well. The girls wanted it, and I thought we served them very tough. If they did get the pass up there, we dug the ball."

The Lady Terriers (10-11, 0-1 in district) beat E.D. White twice last year, when district realignment took place.

"This win means a lot," Bordis said. "We lost twice to them last year. We wanted our revenge. We wanted to come out with a win, and we did it. We believed in one another and came through. We served well, kept the ball, and we were smart on the court."

Vandebilt got 12 kills from Erin Crane and nine kills from Kristen Kurtz. Allie Beyer added 29 assists.

On defense, the Lady Terriers had 99 digs, and were led by 33 from Maggie Hamilton, 15 from Beyer, 11 from Crane and 11 from Melanie Sanvi, who added five solo blocks.

Wise said getting down by so much and coming back late to win Game 1 did not have a negative impact on her team.

"We have been doing that all year. We get down and fight real hard to come back, so I don't think we ran out of gas or anything," Wise said. "In the games we lost, we got behind a little bit. Our serve-receive was not even close to up to par. When we go back to E.D. White, it will be a different ball game."

E.D. White got 13 kills and 14 blocks from Emily Weimer, 10 kills, 14 digs and four aces from Sydney Bordis, 25 digs from Abby Richard, 15 assists from Claire Chiasson and four blocks from Gabrielle Dugas in the victory.

"I was thrilled. It was an exciting volleyball match. This is what it's all about," Cavell said. "We are two Catholic schools in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and we cherish the good Christian sportsmanship. You couldn't have asked for a better match."


At Mathews, the Lady Tigers improved to 8-8 overall and 1-0 in District 5-I with the 25-4, 25-18, 25-14 victory.

Darian Dees (10 kills, five aces), Courtney Guidroz (10 kills), Jackie Daigle (23 assists), Kasie Ordoyne (13 digs, four aces) and Brittney Gros (10 digs) were leaders for Terrebonne.

Central Lafourche fell to 2-13 and 0-1 in district.


At Galliano, the Lady Mustangs improved to 14-7 overall and 1-0 in District 6-II with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 victory.

Bailey Daigle (36 assists), Kevreion Ward (13 kills) and Taylor Dupaty (13 kills) led the Lady Mustangs.

South Lafourche fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in district.


At Morgan City, the Lady Gators fell 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 16-14 and fell to 7-13 overall and 0-2 in District 6-II play.

Julia LeBlanc (19 kills, three blocks), Megan Trosclair (four kills, four aces, block, 15 digs), Katelyn Blanchard (16 assists) and Taylor Dupre (13 digs, ace) led the Lady Gators.