SULPHUR — The Lafayette High volleyball team did not start its district season the way it wanted to, as it suffered a straight-sets loss to Sulphur in the Division I, District 2 opener for both Tuesday.
The Lions (3-8) lost the match 25-21, 25-15, 25-19 as Sulphur (11-8) controlled the momentum from start to finish.
“The Sulphur Tors looked great tonight,” Lafayette coach Julie Dawson said. “They’re moving well, they’re talking well and their moving like a unit. This is one of the best Sulphur teams I have seen in a long time.”
Lafayette stayed with the Tors early in the first set, even taking a 7-5 lead. But Sulphur quickly turned on the heat, scoring seven straight points and 10 of the next 12, taking a 14-9 lead it never relinquished.
The Lions attempted to mount a comeback, slicing the Tors lead from seven points to three late in the set, but it was too little too late as the Tors won 25-21.
Lafayette not only lost the first set, but starter Ariana Arceneaux to a sprained ankle, forcing players to play out of position for the remainder of the match.
“My girls really came in and fought hard tonight,” Dawson said. “We’ve been struggling with consistency and effort, and the girls that I had on the court, especially after our injury tonight, came in and did a really good job.”
Sulphur used the Lions’ adjustment period to its advantage and carried its momentum into the second set, scoring 18 of the first 23 points on its way to a 25-15 victory.
In the third set, the Lions seemed to find their footing, jumping out to a 10-6 lead. Sulphur stormed back with nine consecutive points, but Lafayette responded with an 8-1 run to take an 18-16 lead in an attempt to force a fourth set.
But the Tors proved to be too strong, as they tallied nine of the final 10 points of the match, taking the third set 25-19 and securing the victory.
“Our serving could have been better today,” Dawson said. “That’s usually one of our strengths, but tonight it just wasn’t there.”
Dawson said Arceneaux’s sprained ankle will likely keep her out of competition for a significant amount of time. Still, she remained confident, saying a number of players stepped up and showed their ability to play different positions from what they are used to.
“I definitely took away some positives seeing players in different positions,” Dawson said. “I found two new setters tonight in Spencer Boudreaux and Camille Andrus, so that was good for us.”