Archbishop Hannan junior Allee Morris is the definition of a player in the zone.
An LSU commitment, the Hawks middle blocker had 27 kills, five aces, three digs and eight blocks to help Hannan defeat St. Scholastica Academy 25-11, 20-25, 25-20, 27-25 Wednesday afternoon in Covington.
The impressive game by Morris follows an even more performance a day ago against Northshore in which she finished with 31 kills against the current top-ranked team in Division I.
“This match had the feel of a playoff game,” Morris said. “I wanted to keep pushing and playing hard throughout. I feel like these last couple of matches (combined 58 kills over past two), I feel like I am getting a really good connection out on the court and playing with a very high energy level. “
Ava Valenti also had a solid night for the Hawks with 14 kills, and junior setter Grace Lagalante finished with 51 assists and 11 digs. Mia Migliore had a team-high 19 digs for Hannan (5-1).
St. Scholastica (8-2) was led by Kellie Garraway and Aixa Crespo, who each had10 kills. Evey Waguespack had 32 assists, and Madison Meyers had nine digs.
After the Hawks easily won the opening game, SSA bounced back to emerge victorious 25-20 in the second game. Hannan took a 25-20 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 advantage, but SSA was on the verge of sending it to a fifth and deciding game, up 24-21 in Game 4 before the Hawks came back from the victory to secure the match.
“Point for point, especially late, this was a close and intense match,” SSA senior Alessia Reeves said. “I thought we were way too slow in the first game of the match. We really picked up our intensity in Game 2 and showed what we are capable of. We fixed the little things.
“Of course we wish we would have won, but there are some positives we took out of this match. Once we get a good rhythm going, we are a tough team for any opponent. We just have to find a way to get into that rhythm more quickly.”
In the latest LHSAA volleyball power rankings, the Hawks were ranked fourth in Division IV while St. Scholastica was ranked sixth in Division II.
St. Scholastica heads to the Catholic League tournament this weekend at Ursuline Academy while the Hawks make their way to the McGill-Toolen Tourney in Mobile, Alabama.