Hannan volleyball coach Rebekka Bonnaffee said her team didn’t play its best on Tuesday night against Mandeville.
But the effort by the Class 2A Hawks was just enough to stave off the Class 5A Skippers in a nondistrict match at Mandeville.
Hannan, the eighth-ranked team in the New Orleans Advocate’s Small School rankings, defeated Mandeville, 18-25, 25-21, 10-25, 30-28, 15-11, in a thrilling match that lasted nearly 21/2 hours. Mandeville entered the match as the ninth-ranked team in the Advocate’s Large School standings.
“So far this year, we’ve serve received really well, and tonight we did not,” Bonnaffee said. “And Mandeville served really well, so that was a lot of it. But we kept playing and we kept steady. The team didn’t get too upset or too happy. They played the game and carried themselves through. But definitely, they can play better. That’s no knock on Mandeville. They’re a really good team.”
The match was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams seizing momentum at times, and coughing it up at others. In the first set, Mandeville took charge and went ahead 22-15 on a service winner by Brandi Bundy. Another service winner by Sam Gomez locked up the first set for the Skippers (3-5.)
But Hannan stormed back in the second set. The Hawks led by as many as seven points before Mandeville rallied to close to within three, but a kill by Haley Cabeceiras sealed the set.
The Skippers seemed to take control of the match in third with more dominant serving. Ali Leblanc strung together nine straight points on serve in the middle of the third set. In the fourth, the score see-sawed to a 23-23 tie until unforced errors and a kill by Cabecerias tilted the outcome in favor of Hannan (4-1.)
Mandeville held an 11-10 lead in the fifth, before the Hawks regained control of the front line and put away the match.
“This sets us on a good path,” said Hannan’s Tatum Ballard, who finished with 37 assists. “We had to fight hard and come out with confidence, even when we got down.”
Cabeceiras led Hannan with 25 kills and 17 digs. Hannah Summersgill added 11 kills and Danielle Loup had 20 digs for the Hawks.
Top players for Mandeville included Gomez (14 kills, five blocks) and Sarah Rinaudo (23 assists, six kills.) The quartet of Leblanc, Amber Sheffield, Reagan Rogers and Bundy combined for 63 digs.