St. Martin’s overcomes Riverside in three games

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 27, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / September 27, 1999

RESERVE – St. Martin’s overcame a strong defensive effort by Riverside todefeat the Lady Rebels, 15-8, 8-15, 15-6, Tuesday afternoon in the Rebel gym.

St. Martin’s improved to 7-3 on the season while Riverside fell to 4-6.The team’s split the first two games with Riverside jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the third on kills by Cassie St. Amant and Jennifer Smith. St.Martin’s rallied to tie the game at 3 on a dink by Ashley Peterson.

After Riverside went back ahead on a kill by Kelly Louque, the Saints pulled even on a block by Megan Peck and went on top to stay on an ace to the back row by Margot Castaing. A kill by Peterson increased the lead to7-4.

The lead grew to 10-4 on a dink by Alex Pappas before the Lady Rebels got back on the board on a St. Martin’s error. After a downball by LindsayCrotty and a dink by Pappas built the lead back to 13-5 and Peck and Smith traded kills, the Saints got the match-winner on an error by the Lady Rebels.

A kill by Smith and an ace by Jennifer Guidry tied the first game at 2. Anace by Tiffany Davis then started a 6-1 run for the Saints. An ace byCrotty and a block by Julie Rabalis made the score 8-3 before the Lady Rebels used a timeout.

Riverside rallied to within one on three St. Martin’s errors and a block byGuidry. With the score 10-8, the Saints started to pull away beginningwith a kill by Miesje Zimmerman. Three Riverside errors pulled the Saintsto game point. After a Riverside timeout, the Saints got the game-winneron a kill to the back line by Peck.

Riverside got its offense rolling in the second game. With the Saints ahead2-1, the Lady Rebels tied the score on a combined block by Guidry and Smith. Four errors and an ace by Amie Graugnard gave Riverside a 7-2 leadbefore St. Martin’s used a timeout. After the break, a dink by Guidry madeit 8-2.

Kills by Smith and Amy Hymel helped build the lead to 11-5. The Saintspulled to within 11-8 on a kill by Zimmerman. The Lady Rebels came backwith an ace by Smith and a St. Martin’s error to pull to game point. Smiththen got the game winner a serve later with a block.

Guidry led the Lady Rebels on defense with eight digs, three blocks and two block assists to go along with four kills. Smith and Hymel also hadfour kills while Graugnard had a team-high two aces.

Davis and Crotty had two aces for the Saints. Zimmerman contributed agame-high six kills. Pappas and Peterson were the top defenders.”We’re still not putting our offense up every game,” Riverside coach Gina Centanni said. “We had our offense in the second game and won. We had apretty good defense. We are capable of it. We just have to show it all thetime. But we are working on it. Hopefully we can start jelling now that wehave a group together.”Riverside plays in the Grace King Tournament today.

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