The Mandeville High School volleyball team accomplished something Thursday they haven’t done in a long while — they won a match on Fontainebleau’s home court.
The crosstown and District 4-I rivals both played admirably Thursday, but it was the Skippers who were victorious. The final score was 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, in favor of the visiting Skippers.
Mandeville improved to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in district play. Fontainebleau, which has won several consecutive district championships, fell to 2-8, 1-1.
“We had to get momentum and have positive energy about this match,” Mandeville’s Marrisa LeCompte said. “We knew that they would be playing on a high level and we had to match that.”
Fontainebleau fought fiercely throughout the match, but Mandeville was able to break a 22-22 tie in the first game. Madeline Daussat ended the game with a kill.
The second game was tied at 19 before Fontainebleau took control with a block by Christine Kugelmann and a wide kill attempt by the Skippers.
Once things were knotted at one set apiece, Mandevile took over. Though the last two sets were close in scoring, the Skippers had momentum in both.
“We did a really good job on serve receive tonight,” Mandeville coach Jody Walker said. “In Game 2, we kind of got out of sorts. But we fixed it in the third and fourth by picking up the serve.”
Sam Gomez led the Mandeville front line with 11 kills.
Brandi Bundy added eight kills, 15 digs and 15 assists. Sarah Rinaudo had 20 assists and three kills.
Fontainebleau was led by Tiffany Marlbrough, Rachel Tabor, and Christine Kugelmann; all who had six kills against Mandeville. Lauren Larzelere had 17 digs to lead the Bulldogs’ defensive effort.