St. Joseph’s Academy rolled to a 3-0 volleyball sweep of visiting Zachary on Monday night before a festive, pink crowd at SJA.
It was SJA’s “Geaux Pink Game”, and proceeds from this and other functions will benefit the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
SJA defeated Zachary 25-9, 25-17 and 25-22. SJA improved to 30-2 and 7-0 in Division I, District 2. Zachary fell to 13-11 and 6-2.
“It was a great night,” SJA coach Sivi Miller said. “The crowd was excited. It was nice to see so many people supporting such a great cause. Our cheerleaders and student council were a big part of this.”
Madison Daigle (eight kills, three blocks), Sydney Davis (six kills, two blocks), Victoria Bloise (four kills), Melissa Currier (three kills, five blocks) and Hanna Rovira (four kills, two blocks) provided the power at the net for SJA. Kelly McDuff kept the offense moving with 20 assists. McDuff and Davis had three aces each.
“Madison Daigle really put some balls away,” Miller said. “We played well. Our passes were quick.”
In the first set, SJA jumped to a 21-6 lead to win comfortably. The Redstickers had a 10-1 run.
The second set was tied 10 times. Zachary’s last lead was at 15-14 following a nice tip shot from Keandra Williams, who led her team with nine kills. SJA scored the next four points with Davis hitting away.
Zachary got within 18-16. SJA went on another 4-0 run, capped by a cross shot by Currier.
The third set was tied three times in the early going. SJA built a 15-7 lead following a Hannah Beene ace. Zachary pulled within 21-17 following a tip shot from Nyka Martin.
Zachary continued to battle and got as close as 24-22 following a good shot from Williams. SJA’s Kaitlun Bridges then had the winning point.
“I thought we played well, and the sets were much closer than the first time we played SJA,” Zachary coach Madeline Blanchard said. “We played hard and had fun. The energy of my girls was very positive. We’ve improved a good bit this season.”
Zachary was playing without two injured starters, and Blanchard said other players have stepped up. Martin led the Broncos with 21 assists, two kills and six digs. Lauren Kinchen and Symone Jackson added six and three kills, respectively.
“SJA is a solid team,” Blanchard said of the defending Division I state champions. “Playing them really makes us step up our game. I like that we competed.”