Destrehan begins title chase with win over ESJ

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 14, 2000

DESTREHAN – The Destrehan Lady Cats began their defense of the District 9- I title with a 16-14, 15-5 victory over East St. John Thursday afternoon.Destrehan improved to 7-13 overall and 1-0 in district. East St. John fell to10-9 overall and 0-1 in district play.

Destrehan jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game behind a block by Quinena Sinceno and three East St. John errors. East St. John trimmed thedeficit to 4-2 on two Destrehan errors. Destrehan responded with a 5-0 runto take a 9-2 advantage as Jessica Johnson started the streak with a dink.

East St. John began to chip into the deficit on a dink by Lindsey Caronna.Three errors by Destrehan made it a 9-6 game. A lift off a block by DanielleWashington cut the Destrehan lead to two.

Atina Porter helped Destrehan build the lead back to 11-7 with a kill. A blockby Sandy Shields made it 11-9. Two serves later, East St. John took its firstlead at 13-11 behind two aces by Takiyah Joseph and a kill by Qiana Ferdinand. A dink by Ferdinand a serve later brought East St. John to gamepoint.

Destrehan held off the serve and tied it on its next serve behind a kill inside the left line by Johnson. Katherine Kain made it 15-14 a serve later. East St.John held off three serves but Destrehan got the game winner on a lift off a dink by Porter.

East St. John opened the second game on a 5-0 run. A block by Shieldsstarted the run and Caronne concluded it with three consecutive aces.

Destrehan answered with seven straight points on its next serve. Kain madeit 5-3 with a cross-court kill into the right corner and the Lady Cats tied it as East St. John was called for a net violation. After an East St. Johntimeout, Meagan Stock had a serve deflected out to give Destrehan the lead for good. A kill by Porter made it 7-5.Destrehan scored six more points on its next serve. Two aces by Sincenomade it 11-5. After an East St. John timeout, Porter delivered a kill to makeit a 13-5 game. East St. John broke two serves but Destrehan pulled towithin match point on a kill at the net by Jan Chauvin. Ferdinand broke theserve with a block but Destrehan got the serve back and got the match winner on an ace by Johnson.

Sinceno had five aces for Destrehan. Porter provided five kills and Chauvintop defense. East St. John was led by Caronna with four aces.

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