GEISMAR — Tenth-seeded Comeaux silenced a packed Dutchtown arena with a 3-1 win over the No. 7 Griffins in Division I regional playoff volleyball action Monday.
The Spartans took down the Griffins 25-15, 25-21, 26-28 and 25-21 to advance to the quarterfinal round,where they will faceMandeville.
Comeaux (24-16, 8-7) defeated the Griffins in similar fashion last season in Lafayette.
For Spartans coach Kristen Fachaber, the win was a result of a combination of intensity and excitement, sparked by the busload of fans who made the hour long trip from Lafayette.
“We haven’t played with that much enthusiasm in a really long time,” Fabacher said. “I can’t believe they showed so much focus. I know that we have a really good team. We just haven’t played with that kind of focus all year and that enthusiasm. I’m so glad they showed up to play today, and they played with the enthusiasm that they did.”
Junior Paige Dupuis’ hot hand led the Spartans with 18 digs, 15 kills and eight aces. Six-foot-2 senior Kelsey Whittington contributed 14 kills and two blocks, while seniors Mallori Hughes and Jewel Montz combined for 12 kill, nine digs and three blocks.
“We were so excited,” Dupuis said. “We wanted to do a two-peat, and so we came out pumped. And we wanted to make sure that we had fun winning. Every point, we gave it our all.”
Despite taking the third set, Dutchtown (22-18, 10-6) played from behind in all four sets, and Griffins head coach Patrick Ricks said his team’s effort was not sufficient.
“We just didn’t do enough things well to win tonight. Way too many unforced errors. Missed way too many serves.”
Junior Kristen Thompson led the Griffins with 16 kills and one dig, while fellow junior Caroline Beeman punched in 33 assists, eight kills and one block. Whitney Jones added four kills and three digs.
Comeaux jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first game behind five consecutive points from Dupuis. The Griffins fought back to cut the deficit to 10-7. CHS went on a 14-8 run before a Dutchtown error to take the match.
The Spartans again pushed to a 6-1 lead in the second game. Dutchtown’s Thompson contributed three points on two blocks and a kill to bring the Griffins within one (11-10). With DHS again within one at 22-21, Comeaux went on a 4-0 streak to take the match.
In the third set, Dutchtown chipped away at a six-point deficit take the lead at 10-9, off a kill from Beeman. Katie McHugh forced a Comeaux tie at 22 with back-to back-aces, but Dutchtown got match point on a Comeaux error.
In the final set, the Griffins threatened a comeback, fueled by efforts from Thompson and Jones. But with DHS within 23-20, CHS’ Dupuis and Whittington provided points of their own to take the game.
“Give it to Comeaux, they took advantage,” Ricks said. “They played extraordinarily well. Their defense was really good.”