CROWLEY — The Notre Dame High volleyball team made quick work of Comeaux on Tuesday night defeating the Spartans in straight sets.
The Pioneers (5-1) finished sets strong to earn a 25-22, 25-17, 25-8 early season sweep.
“I’m hoping we learned something tonight,” Notre Dame coach Tara Young said. “When you’re down, you are not out unless you decide to throw in the towel. That’s what I’m hoping we took away from this match because (Comeaux) is a pretty good team.”
Notre Dame spent much of the first set trailing, allowing Comeaux (5-2) to jump to a 20-15 lead when Young decided to call a timeout and let her team regroup.
The Pioneers responded to her critiques by winning 10 of the next 12 points to take the first set and set the tempo for the remainder of the match.
“I probably waited too long to take that timeout, but it worked out,” Young said. “We’ve been working on staying aggressive and not caving in on ourselves. I told them we couldn’t be quiet. We tend to be quiet when things aren’t going our way, so I told them we had to be aggressive out of the timeout, and we did just that.”
The second-set start mirrored the first. What began as a back-and-forth affair, quickly turned in Notre Dame’s favor when, trailing 17-15, the Pioneers went on a 10-0 tear to win the set and take a 2-0 advantage.
This time, the momentum stayed in Notre Dame’s favor as it went on run after run, taking the third set 25-8.
“It’s early in the season, and we’re really trying to establish ourselves,” Young said. “We had this team down, and I wanted us to stick it to them. Sometimes we become complacent. Hopefully we took one step closer to establishing ourselves and understanding who we are as a team.”
Notre Dame senior Grace Morgan provided most of the Pioneers’ offense, tallying 17 kills and a .275 hitting percentage. Morgan also provided a boost defensively with 10 digs.
Comeaux coach Kristen Fabacher said the Spartans went in trying to limit Morgan’s touches, but they were ineffective in executing their game plan.
“If they can get their passes and get (Morgan) in there, then of course they’re going to slam the ball,” Fabacher said. “Our game plan was to try and keep it away from her, but we were hitting straight to their passers, and we weren’t moving the ball around like we were in our previous games.”