BOURG – The Central Lafourche volleyball team had a strong start to the 2019 season Tuesday afternoon against South Terrebonne.

Central Lafourche survived a minor hiccup in the second set before sweeping the South Terrebonne 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 in nondistrict action.

Kinslee Ross led Central Lafourche with five kills, four digs and two aces. Kenzi Pertuit added five kills and seven digs, Morgan Chiasson had seven assists and two aces and Jaylah Gray had nine assists, two digs and three aces.

Mariah Ross led South Terrebonne with eight kills, Saige Naquin had 18 assists and Haley Gilling added 12 digs.

"It feels to start the season with a win. We did well," Lady Trojans coach Brittney Wells said. "We’re missing a few key links in our lineup. So we had to make last minute adjustments."

"We are still very young. So we’re going to have a lot of kids that don’t game time experience at the varsity level," Lady Gators head coach Danielle Henry said. "We’re still working on it. It’s our first game, but we had our practice with everybody (Monday). So that plays a factor in it."

After a close start to Set 1, Central Lafourche (1-0 overall) capitalized on the Lady Gators inability to return the ball. The Lady Trojans ended the set on a 15-7 burst, mainly behind 10 hitting and service errors by South Terrebonne.

Central Lafourche jumped out to a 19-9 advantage in Set 2 behind consecutive aces from Gray and Kagen Hamby, while Ross and Dawandia Gabriel blocked multiple shots at the net.

After a timeout, South Terrebonne (0-1 overall) responded with a 9-1 run. Kaci Martin, Mariah Ross and Maggie Portier each blasted several kills, and Rayleigh Lapeyrouse added an ace to cut the deficit to 20-18.

However, Central Lafourche scored five of the last six points. Pertuit belted back-to-back kills, and Cierra Nicklyon bombed an ace to finish the set.

"It’s about mental preparation. We had seven straight serves we didn’t return. We didn’t know how to get out of that rut," Wells said. "Our girls become kind of lackadaisical. They get settled in their play. I tell them all the time you have to be hungry and go at it all the time. You can’t just sit back on our heels."

"We started to control our bodies and the ball. When that happens, you can control the game and come back from a big deficit," Harvey said. "We got close, and then we went back down. As a young team, that’s something I’m trying to get them to understand. They can’t just run all over the court and throw limbs at a ball. They have to have a purpose with every move."

Down 6-2 to begin Set 3, South Terrebonne scored seven unanswered points – all on Lady Trojans hitting errors – to take a 9-6 lead. Nevertheless, Central Lafourche battled back to regain the advantage. Then the Lady Trojans finished the match on an 8-1 streak as the Lady Gators failure to return the ball resurfaced.

"We’ve still have a lot to work on and a long way to go," Wells said. "We’re still pretty young. I only have three seniors on the court. We just have to continue to push and to grow."

"I want to be able to come back from losing," Henry said. "If we lose, they need to come back the next game still playing hard, still giving it their all. I don’t want them to give up on the season after one loss." 

TUESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CAPSULES

H.L. BOURGEOIS DEF. HOUMA CHRISTIAN 25-12, 25-9, 25-7 (At Gray, nondisrict match)

Statistical leaders: H.L. Bourgeois — Abby Theriot (eight kills), Kelsi Stegall (seven kills, 26 assists, two solo blocks), Mackenzie Vordick (13 digs), Haley Boudreaux (six digs, five aces), Paige Trahan (three aces); Houma Christian — Jayda Ward (three kills), Jade Triggs (three kills), Camryn Dyson (two kills), Alex McKeon (12 digs), Abby Ricker (seven assists, four digs), Lauren Daigle (two assists).

Records: H.L. Bourgeois (1-0 overall); Houma Christian (0-1 overall).

THIBODAUX DEF. ELLENDER  25-14, 25-13, 25-21 (at Thibodaux, nondistrict match)

Statistical leaders: Thibodaux — Ashyri Wolfe (four kills, three aces, three blocks), Joey Weimer (20 assists, two aces, three kills), Julaya Blackmon (seven digs, six aces); Ellender -- Jasi Jenkins (three kills, block, three aces), Jaedyn Falgout (three kills, three aces), Tanisha Hester (two kills).

Records: Thibodaux (1-0 overall); Ellender (0-1 overall). 

ST. AMANT DEF. TERREBONNE 25-20, 25-23, 25-13 (at Houma, nondistrict match)

Statistical leaders: Terrebonne — Hannah Liner (19 digs), Inayah Pink (10 kills), Daycie Theriot (18 assists); St. Amant — Gracie Duplechain (12 kills, 13 assists, six digs), Elaina Anderson (nine kills).

Records: St. Amant (1-0 overall); Terrebonne (0-1 overall).

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC DEF. ASCENSION EPISCOPAL 25-13, 25-23, 25-19 (At Youngsille, nondistrict match)

Statistical leaders: EDW — Lila Bordis (17 kills, 15 digs, two assists, one ace), Khloe Trosclair (10 kills, three blocks), Emma Gros (10 kills, one block), Caroline Gros (34 assists, one block, one ace), Joci Gravois (16 digs).

Records: EDW (1-0 overall); Ascension Episcopal (0-1 overall).

COVENANT CHRISTIAN  ACADEMY DEF. WEST ST. JOHN 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 (Edgard, nondistrict match)

Statistical leaders: CCA -- Antoinette Boquet (three aces, six kills, seven digs), Celena Odom (four aces, 14 assists, kill, two digs), Chelsea Arceneaux (six aces), Vallie Blanchard (seven kills).

Records: CCA (1-0 overall); West St. John (0-1 overall).