Ursuline Academy rallied from a two-game deficit to win three straight games and defeat Parkview Baptist in a battle between Division III volleyball powers Wednesday at Parkview.
Ursuline, the Division III runner-up in 2010 and champion in 2009, was challenged from the beginning as Parkview jumped to a 13-1 lead in the first game. The Lady Eagles won the first two games 25-23 and 27-25. New Orleans-based Ursuline (22-2) won the next three 25-15, 25-21 and 15-11.
“I think it was a good indication of what is in store for us at state,” Parkview second-year coach Becky Madden said. “Ursuline is currently seeded first in our division and we’re fourth. They are a very talented team that is mentally tough. They attack from all angles and their defense is very solid.
“It was great that we came away with the first two wins. We need to learn how to stay mentally tough throughout an entire match.”
Parkview (18-4) advanced to the state tournament and quarterfinals in Madden’s first season. The Lady Eagles were led by 6-foot-1 senior Fayette Adelaja, who had 36 kills, nine digs, three blocks and an ace. Senior Victoria Callender added eight kills and 20 digs. Senior Courtney Eades had 23 assists and 10 digs. Senior Breana Massey had 17 assists, six digs and a match-high seven aces. Junior Alissa Hart added 15 digs.
“Breana Massey is a very smart player and very competitive,” Madden said. “She has great timing with her sets and when to take a quick shot herself. She scored a lot of points for us tonight.”
Ursuline jumped to a 10-3 lead in the fifth game. Senior Emily Calloway had two of her three blocks in that span and Courtney Deidrich was at the net to provide a power attack. Adelaja had two kills, a tip point and a block as the Lady Eagles rallied within 14-11. Deidrich’s back row kill was the final point.
In the fourth game, Parkview stretched a 15-10 lead to 20-13. With Sarah Tyson serving, Ursuline went on an 8-0 run. Parkview tied it at 21-21. Lauren Barre had one of her 14 kills down the stretch as the visitors finished with a 4-0 run. Ursuline also got 20 digs and 17 kills from senior Jeanette Rimmer and 49 assists and six aces from Marci Holstein.
Parkview had an early 5-3 lead in the third game. With Barre serving and Rimmer at the net, Ursuline went on a 6-0 run that stretched to a 10-1 run and 13-6 lead.
An Adelaja kill cut Ursuline’s second-game lead to 24-22. Parkview scored the next three points before Ursuline tied it at 25-25 on a Rachel Rabalais kill. Adelaja’s kill off a Massey assist was the game-winning point.
“Fayette is a special player,” Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juan said. “Parkview did a great job. We had a little bit of nerves at the beginning when they jumped up 13-1 on us.
“We focused on one point at a time from there. We try to distribute the ball based on matchups we see across the net.”
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Game scores: 23-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 15-11.
Team leaders — URSULINE: Jeanette Rimmer (20 digs, 17 kills), Lauren Barre (14 kills), Marci Holstein (49 assists, 6 aces); PARKVIEW: Fayette Adelaja (36 kills, 9 digs, 3 blocks), Victoria Callender (8 kills, 20 digs), Alyssa Dunn (14 digs), Courney Eades (10 digs, 23 assists), Breana Massey (6 digs, 7 aces, 17 assists), Alissa Hart (15 digs), Emily Hart (3 digs, 2 assists).
Team records — Ursuline 22-2; Parkview 18-4.