Teurlings Catholic High showed few signs of weakness Wednesday night in a 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 victory against a strong Ascension Episcopal volleyball squad.
The home team Lady Rebels gave the Blue Gators little room for error, taking the lead in the first game, 3-0.
Ascension Episcopal’s powerhouse hitter, Addie Vidrine, an eighth-grader who leads the school’s strong offense, notched her team a few points early on to put them in contention.
But Teurlings Catholic opened up the lead with a seven-point run, going up 12-5.
From there, the Rebels efficiently and without much trouble took the first game, 25-17.
Ascension Episcopal coach Jill Braun said her team struggled with blocking and slowing down the quick Teurlings Catholic’s offense.
“I definitely think there’s things we could have improved on, but Teurlings is a fast, good and kind of well-organized machine as a team. And you come in, and you hope to play perfect and give them a run for their money,” Braun said.
Although her team didn’t play with the kind of perfection that would have given them the victory, the Blue Gators never gave up.
To begin the second game, Ascension Episcopal put up the kind of blocks at the net that Braun said they needed to and subsequently went up 1-4 early on.
But the Lady Rebels never shuddered and were able to tie it 6-6 with key digs that saved many points early in the second game.
Teurlings Catholic went on to take the second game 25-14.
Entering the third game, it appeared as if Teurlings Catholic’s dominance would continue.
But Ascension Episcopal kept fighting until the end, tying the score at 20 and forcing the Lady Rebels to fight for Wednesday’s victory.
Teurlings Catholic coach Terry Hebert said his team needs to work on closing after struggling to do so in Wednesday’s match.
But he said he was happy with how his team played against a consistently good Ascension Episcopal program.
“We played well,” Hebert said. “We didn’t finish as well as I would’ve liked at the end, and that’s something we know we’ve got to work on: We’ve done that in a couple of matches. But I’m pleased overall.
“To beat a team like (Ascension Episcopal) in three (games), you’ve got to play well.”
Hebert said his team still has many players in new positions who need to work on timing, but he said he’s satisfied with the progress the team as a whole is making this season.
“I think we’re progressing very well. We get better every game,” Hebert said.