Baton Rouge High, Lee High and East Iberville finished 3-0 in their respective pools at the Greater Baton Rouge Volleyball Jamboree at Woodlawn on Wednesday.
Baton Rouge High's experience showed in defeating Runnels 25-7, Live Oak 25-6 and Glen Oaks 25-10.
The Bulldogs boast four three-year starters in Raegan Rozas, Tayler Strickland, Zahria Sims and Shelby Carlin. Senior Amanda Hilliard is a second-year starter along with junior setter Neely Bourgonye. Seniors Strickland and Sims provide power at the net.
“This is going to be a pretty good year for us,” BRHS coach Dayna Kohn said. “We’re a veteran team and the girls know what needs to be done. They’re confident. I want to keep them humble. We can show different looks as we have several power hitters.”
Meanwhile, Lee defeated Woodlawn 25-22, Broadmoor 25-18 and The Church Academy 25-15.
“We are a work in progress,” Lee coach Michelle Haynes said. “Overall, I was pleased with our efforts. We brought 20 girls from freshmen up so they’d get a sense of what it’s like at this level.”
Lee makes is making the move from Division IV to Division II this season. Sophomore middle Cheassidy Robertson, setter Reghan Daniel and senior Caroline Shriver are players to watch.
Host Woodlawn finished 2-1, as did Madison Prep and Live Oak. Live Oak defeated Glen Oaks 25-7 and Runnels 25-13. The Eagles played with energy. Because of injuries Woodlawn dressed just 10 players.
“Due to injuries we put some of our young freshmen on the court,” Woodlawn coach Nelson Malpica said. “Kennedi Barnes and Kyra Britton played well today.
“We have some potential. Our sophomore setter Ashley Ramirez is coming on. Lee was just a little bit better than us today. We’ll get to play them again in district.
"Overall I think the jamboree was a success. It's going to be exciting for a number of teams this year.”
East Iberville defeated Tara, Madison Prep and White Castle by identical 25-22 scores.
Madison Prep was second in the pool. The Chargers downed White Castle 26-24 and Tara 25-17.
Lakosha Chambers had the winning block against White Castle. Terrica Gray, Faith Avery, Jasmine Brown and Kimira Hughes are other returning starters for Madison Prep.
“Our defense was outstanding,” said coach Allisa Hale, who guided the Chargers to a 31-11 record last season. “We’re going to run a fast paced offense this year. We’re building on last year and are farther along than we were at this point. We’re going to be hard to beat.”
Woodlawn hosts a junior varsity jamboree Thursday.
Greater Baton Rouge Jamboree
At Woodlawn High
Woodlawn 25, Broadmoor 18
Lee 25, Woodlawn 22
Lee 25, Broadmoor 18
Lee 25, The Church Academy 15
The Church Academy 25, Broadmoor 7
Woodlawn 25, The Church Academy 13
Tara 25, White Castle 22
Madison Prep 25, Tara 17
East Iberville 25, Tara 22
Madison Prep 26, White Castle 24
East Iberville 25, Madison Prep 22
East Iberville 25, White Castle 22
Baton Rouge High 25, Runnels 7
BRHS 25, Live Oak 6
BRHS 25, Glen Oaks 10
Live Oak 25, Glen Oaks 7
Runnels 25, Glen Oaks 13
Live Oak 25, Runnels 13