Teurlings’ big serves and aggressive offense carried them past Lafayette’s volleyball team 25-8, 25-11, 25-7 Wednesday at Teurlings.
Teurlings (2-1) entered Wednesday’s matchup sluggish from a long, emotional victory against rival Notre Dame the night before, coach Terry Hebert said. But once the Rebels found their rhythm, there wasn’t much the Lady Lions (3-2) could do to stop them.
Up 8-3 in the first game, the Rebels put together an eight-point run that eventually led to winning the first game.
“One of our biggest weaknesses tonight was our serve receive,” Lafayette coach Cathy Poole said. “We’re not used to seeing that kind of serve, and Teurlings did an excellent job on their serve. They’re very aggressive, and we had a hard time returning that, and it didn’t really give you an opportunity to run an offense.”
The aggressive offense continue throughout the match. Early in the third game, Teurlings’ Ryan Delhomme led a 9-0 run while doling out a few aces.
“Ryan hadn’t seen the court much, and she went in and clipped a bunch of aces off for us right there so I was real proud of her,” Hebert said. “A lot of butterflies. When she got on the court, she handled it well and went on pretty big serving run for us.”
Although the Rebels put on an good show Wednesday, Hebert said the key is patience this season after a school-first state championship last year.
“We’re coming along. We got a couple of young middles, I’ve got a true freshman as a setter, but every day — every day — they continue to improve. Every match, we’ve only played three, but you’ve seen a significant difference since when we played STM last week to tonight. A lot of that has to do with how hard they’re working in practice so I’m proud of them.”
Hebert said he preaches patience to the returning players because the team as a whole isn’t quite at the same level as 2013’s championship season.
But with each match, he said he’s more confident this year’s squad can make a run for a second state championship.
“The amount of improvement that I’ve seen in the last few matches and knowing that those younger kids are only probably going to get better, every match I get a little more confident that we can legitimately make a run (in the state tournament),” Hebert said.