St. Thomas More’s volleyball team was dominant at home Thursday in a 25-9, 25-4, 25-4 victory over Opelousas Catholic.
It was a match that was over almost as quickly as it had begun.
In the first game, the Lady Cougars leaped out to a 5-0 lead, in part because of a strong serve game and powerful hitting.
An STM offense led by Melanie Zimmer, Kathleen Alexander and Michaela Smith, who combined for 13 aces and 23 kills, proved to be too much for Opelousas in the first game.
In the second game, the trio of Zimmer, Alexander and Smith would again combine to put STM on top of Opelousas.
Up 10-1, Alexander spiked the ball for the point, a sight that became familiar for much of the rest of the night as Alexander’s size and power overwhelmed Opelousas.
Alexander finished the night with eight kills.
On the following point, Zimmer got one of her seven aces for Zimmer and put the Lady Cougars up 12-1.
STM went on a four-point run to go up 16-1 before ultimately finishing the game 25-4.
In the third game, STM went up 9-0 before an Opelousas point ended the Lady Cougars’ hopes of a shutout in the final game.
An ace from Smith late in the third game would seal the win for STM, who would go on to win the game 25-4 and close out the match just as quickly as it had started. Smith would end the evening with eight kills and five aces.
STM coach Jessica Burke said she was happy with how her team played, but said they need to work on staying focused.
The Lady Cougars are ranked third in LHSAA’s power rankings for Division II, behind Assumption and St. Scholastica.
Burke said she likes her team’s position and feels confident going forward.
“I think we’re comfortable,” Burke said. “We’ve got some more games that we’ve got to get through that are going to be tough so we’re excited for that. And I think we’re right where we need to be — right on track.”
STM will next face the University High on Monday.