No. 13-seeded St. Martin’s Episcopal dominated No. 23 seed Ecole Classique, taking a 3-0 win in a Division V bidistrict playoff game Tuesday evening.
St. Martin’s hosted the match and rolled its way to win by 25-20, 25-13, 25-11 scores. St. Martin’s never trailed in the match.
Freshman Bethany Black helped close games 2 and 3 with her clutch play.
Black finished with six aces and three digs. Emily Bryan and Ruby Reeves combined for 12 kills in the match.
Freshman Lillian Doskey also contributed 19 assists. Second- year coach Ray Scioneaux said his team was confident coming into the match, and he experimented with some variations to his lineups.
“The team came out and played hard and executed the game plan well,” Scioneaux said. “I wanted to play my whole team, and the players responded well to the added adjustments. We got some young players some valuable experience, and overall I was pleased.”
The lower-seeded Spartans came out with high energy and effort. They have only two seniors and eight underclassmen between grades seven and nine. One of those underclassmen was freshman Chelsea George. George, who finished with five kills, three digs and three aces to lead her team. Her play didn’t go unnoticed by her coach.
Despite the tough loss, Ecole coach Lorilei Songi was proud of her kids and their effort.
“We came out ready to go in the first game, but we fell short,” Songy said. “We just didn’t capitalize on their mistakes, and we shot ourselves in the foot to many times. We had to play from behind, and it didn’t work out for us. I am disappointed for my seniors and hope we can learn from this.
“My freshman No. 3 (George) played with a lot of heart, and that was nothing new. She is leader, and I look forward to the next three years with her.”
St. Martin’s move on to face the fourth-seeded St. John of Plaquemine.