ST. AMANT — St. Amant pulled off a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Dutchtown in the Eighth Annual Geaux Pink volleyball match Thursday.
The Gators (12-8, 3-0) defeated the Griffins (23-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-19) to remain unbeaten in the Pink Game series and Division I, District 3 play. SAHS coach Allison Leake said she was impressed with her team’s fight, despite dropping the first set.
“I told the girls going in that this was not going to be an easy match,” Leake said. “I didn’t care how many sets it took us to get the match, but that the win was the most important thing.”
Senior Kourtney Gremillion led the Gators with 12 digs, seven kills and one block. Sophomore Taylor Tidwell added eight kills, six digs and five blocks. Junior Maggie Duplechein pitched in eight kills and four digs.
After a strong showing in the first set, Dutchtown (9-11, 1-1) played St. Amant close while trailing for most of the match, falling behind by as much as 12 in the second set.
“We made a few too many mistakes, and they made plays when they needed to make plays,” Griffins coach Patrick Ricks said. “They’ve been in this situation numerous times in the past six years, and they kind of used that experience to pull through.”
Dutchtown junior Caroline Beeman registered nine kills and three blocks while Kristen Thompson added 16 assists, 15 kills and three blocks.
St. Amant jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first set. Dutchtown chipped away at the margin forcing a tie at 12. The Griffins notched the next five points off strong serves from Beeman to push the score to 17-12. After a timeout, the Gators went on a 5-0 run before a kill from Dutchtown’s Kristin Thompson. Dutchtown ended the set with a kill from Beeman.
The Gators never trailed in the second set, and Erin Antie recorded four straight points to help St. Amant take a 7-4 lead. Tidwell commanded the front row for the Gators, registering two of her five blocks in the set. SAHS stretched the lead to 10 points before winning the set on a Dutchtown error.
The third set featured eight ties, but after trailing by two, the Gators went on a four-point run to bring the lead to 21-20 before ultimately taking the set.
In the final set, both teams traded points before St. Amant recorded four straight points to take the set and ultimately the match.
“I think we did a really good job of recovering after the first set,” Leake said. “I think this was an excellent win as far as fighting through ties at the end of the set.”