Comets go 1-2 at tourney

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 9, 2009



St. Charles went 1-2 in this past weekend’s Lutcher tournament, leading into the beginning of district play for the Comets this week.

SCC fell to Destrehan, 24-26, 19-25, and Lutcher, 18-25, 23-25. But the Comets bounced back to take a victory over Ascension Christian, 25-15, 25-16.

“We played pretty well,” said St. Charles coach Kelly Cupit. “I think it led into a good week of practice for us and into district play.”

St. Charles (7-12) had faced Destrehan multiple times this season, and was coming off of a victory over the Wildcats a little over a week prior. This time, DHS was able to gain a measure of payback.

Cupit said that she felt the familiarity between the teams would help in the long run.

“We know where they are going with the ball and vice versa,” said Cupit. “It makes us change our game. What was open before is no longer open. Learning to adapt to those things will make us a better team.”

Meg Gustafson had seven kills and five blocks for SCC. Kadie Levatino and Courtney Western had five digs. Western also had 17 assists for SCC.

After the DHS game, the Comets immediately moved onto a match with host Lutcher in a rematch from the previous Tuesday.

Cupit said despite the loss, she saw a lot to like about the performance.

“Our girls love to play Lutcher. They’re a great team, and both sides definitely came ready to play,” Cupit said. “With a little more rest, maybe we’re a little fresher and fare better. But overall, we played well. A lot more so than the last match between us.”

Western racked up 15 assists. Gustafson had seven kills. Levatino notched 11 digs.

The Comets finished the weekend with a victory over Ascension Christian.

Western had five kills and 11 assists to lead SCC. Rachael McNulty had four digs.

SCC led throughout the match.

“It was a good match for our hitters. We were able to pinpoint where we wanted to go and spread the ball around,” Cupit said.

She also credited Western, the team’s setter, for getting everyone involved throughout the tournament.

“She did a very good job moving the ball around. Everyone had at least one kill,” said Cupit. “I think that’s important, it doesn’t let the other team get into a comfort zone.”

The Comets, who opened District 7-IV play with St. James on Thursday. Details were not available at press time.