Country Day showed Thursday why it is the No. 1 seed in the Division V playoffs.
The Cajuns defeated Westminster of Opelousas 25-7, 25-12, 25-8 in Metairie in a regional round match.
“It was senior night and (it) was loud the whole time we played,” senior Caroline Perlis said. “I thought we played well, with a lot of energy. A lot of our friends were here and it was just a good win. I’m sad because it’s senior night. I’m excited about the game and moving on to possibly play three more.”
Perlis finished with five digs and four blocks. Seniors Simone Becnel and Summer White combined for 15 kills.
The Cajuns led by as many as 16 in the first game. During the second game, the Cajuns encountered some resistance when Westminster’s Moriah Brooks registered her first ace to cut the lead to 8-4. But the Cajuns put it back into gear, getting seven straight points, in a 25-12 win.
Brooks and Ivy Cains led the Crusdaers in kills with two each while Gabby Lewis had a team-high six digs. Jenna Ibieta had 20 assists and four aces.
Despite the loss first-year coach Nikki McFatter was happy her team didn’t quit.
“I’m obviously deflated because of our loss, but I’m happy with the effort we gave,” said McFatter, whose team made the three-hour trip to Metairie. “We traveled a long way and I hate to see us come up short. The girls fought hard and that was all I could ask for. My seniors played hard and we have to thank them for their efforts.”
In Game 3, Perlis once again provided stout defense and stymied any attempts the Crusaders had at scoring.
Coach Julie Ibieta said she was pleased with her team’s performance.
“I think we played well and did a great passing through our offense,” Ibieta said. “It was good to see this from our players. This is our first game in the state tournament and we want to continue to play well. I think heading into next week we just need to play at a faster pace. We have to adapt to our surroundings and take in what is going on. We have a lot of experienced players and we should be ok going forward.”