ST. AMANT — A well-balanced attack gave No. 4 St. Amant a regional-round win over No. 13 Slidell in Division I volleyball playoff action on Monday at SAHS’ Gold Dome. The Gators won all three sets by a score of 25-12.
With the win, St. Amant (30-11) advances to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament for the fifth straight year. St. Amant plays Fontainebleau in an 8 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal match at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
“I was really pleased with how we played,” St. Amant coach Allison Leake said. “We were very consistent tonight. There was never any time during the sets where the other team had a four- or five-point run. This is where we need to be when it’s playoff time.”
Senior libero Kara Gremillion finished with a team-high 17 digs, three assists and one kill, while junior setter Kourtney Gremillion put together 14 assists, eight kills and three digs. Sophomore Maggie Duplechein added 14 assists, a team-high 11 kills and five digs.
Leake said the key to the Gators’ consistency against the Slidell was that no player stood out to her after the game.
“I think everybody did a great job,” Leake said. “All of our defensive players did well. All of our offensive players did a great job and moved the ball around really well. We made some plays that we haven’t made all season.”
For Slidell (19-16), Riley Herdliska led with 13 assists followed by Kacie Livingston with seven digs. Erica Bennett finished with nine kills.
The match was the closest in the first set as Slidell trailed 14-8 before a kill by Duplechein sent the Gators on a run that led to the 25-12 win. In the second set, St. Amant led 23-9 before an ace by Kara Gremillion won it for St. Amant.
St. Amant led the entire match, and Slidell coach Michelle Anderson said St. Amant’s power and Slidell’s youth got the best of her Tigers in the playoff match.
“We knew coming into this we were a big underdog,” Anderson said.
“They have a lot of seniors, a lot of season, and we’re babies still growing. I just told them, it wasn’t our best tonight, but I think our youth and inexperience showed tonight, but we made great strides this year.”