Volleyball roundup: St. Charles sweeps ESJH; RA improves to 11-1

Published 10:57 pm Friday, September 16, 2016

RESERVE — The St. Charles Catholic and East St. John High volleyball teams have gotten off to a rough start this season.

The Lady Wildcats are adjusting to a new head coach while the Lady Comets are trying to find the right team chemistry.

When the two met Wednesday afternoon at East St. John for a non-district volleyball match, both teams showed signs of struggle, but the Comets left with a 3-0 sweep.

Jori Bryant led the offense with six kills. Brooke St. Pierre had five kills and 11 assists. Caroline Julian had 11 digs to help St. Charles take a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 sweep.

Comets coach Meg Ericksen said her team didn’t play its normal pace.

“It was very slow,” she said. “We’re used to a much quicker game. We played well at times. I thought our passing was rather poor, but we fixed that.”

Anaya Dabon led East St. John with three kills and three digs, which disappointed coach Jarranisha Allen.

“We had absolutely no offense,” she said. “Our stats were horrible. It was the worst (match) all season.”

The Wildcats did rebound some with a hard-fought pair of losses at the Brusly tournament Thursday.

East St. John lost to University High 25-20, 25-23 and to False River in three, 26-24, 23-25, 13-15.

Chardae Berthelot had 17 kills in the two matches. Jamaiyah Haynes had 25 assists.

“We fell short because we didn’t stick to our game plan,” Allen said. “(We were) a different team. We actually played as a team. We just had too many minor silly mistakes.”

The teams will meet again Tuesday at St. Charles. In the mean time, the Lady Comets will travel today to a tournament in Ruston, and St. John continues to compete in the Brusly tournament.

The Riverside Academy Lady Rebels, meanwhile, are continuing their roll. The team advanced to the finals of the Grace King Tournament last weekend, losing their first match of the year to Academy of Our Lady.

They defeated Thibodaux 3-1 Wednesday and Ecole Classique 3-0 on Thursday.

Briley Becker had 18 kills, four aces and 14 digs against Thibodaux. Sydney Joseph had 15 kills and five aces. Kate St. Pierre had 10 kills,  and Abby Bourgeois had 43 assists.

Against Ecole, Joseph led with 16 kills, Becker had 11, Bourgeois had 35 assists, St. Pierre had five aces, Maddie Duhon had four aces.

The Rebels are 11-1 as they prepare to host Thomas Jefferson Tuesday.

West St. John High has gotten started with victories over Donaldsonville and East  Iberville. and a loss to St. James. Kyli Vontoure, Shiah Thomas and Talika Howard are the leading players, according to first year coach Dayna Nicholas.