Ascension Episcopal School’s offense overpowered a Breaux Bridge volleyball squad that struggled executing plays Tuesday night in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-11 victory.
Gators coach Jill Braun said the match went well after she switched up the lineup to improve the offense.
“We know Breaux Bridge is usually a strong team, and so we wanted to make sure we had enough offensive weapons to execute properly,” Braun said.
The help came, most notably, in eighth grader Addie Vidrine, who had multiple kills to lead the Gators.
Tied 5-5 in the second game, Vidrine spiked the ball to put the Gators up for the first time in that game. Breaux Bridge battled to get back in contention, making it 7-6. But frustration took over as the Gators went on a seven-point run to take a 14-6 lead.
The Lady Tigers could never quite get back in the match, and Vidrine spiked the ball to cap the victory on the second game 25-15.
Early in the third game, Vidrine again took the lead for the Gators, putting them up 3-2. A few points later, back-to-back-to-back kills from Vidrine almost single-handedly took Breaux Bridge out of contention.
Despite leading to open all three games, the Lady Tigers were unable to keep up with the high-powered Ascension offense.
“To beat a team like Ascension, you have to execute. You have to pass the ball well, you have to play defense well. And we didn’t do that,” Breaux Bridge coach Laurie Simon said. “They are just the better team.”
Braun said the Gators continue to try to improve.
“We continue to work on serve receive and getting to score points off of serve receive,” she said. “It’s always a passing battle, but other than that, tweaking and continuing to elevate our level of play on the offensive side of the ball — getting a little faster, move the ball around — as we move forward in the thick of the season.”
Braun said her offense will be tested against a top St. Thomas More when they face off Thursday.
The secret weapon for Ascension Episcopal will be Vidrine, who Braun said is the team’s “top offensive threat.”