Fourth-seeded Parkview Baptist School got 12 kills and six blocks from Fayette Adelaja as the Eagles took a surprisingly easy 3-0 Division III regional round volleyball playoff win over No. 13 Lusher Charter on Monday.
Parkview (29-8) had a first-round bye after winning district 6, and found little resistance against Lusher winning by scores of 25-7, 25-4 and 25-7.
“We did not expect this kind of outcome for this match,” Parkview coach Becky Madden said. “(Lusher) is athletic, and I know they’ve played some tough teams close. They went four games with (second-seeded) Vandebilt Catholic.”
With the win, Parkview advances to the state championship tournament beginning Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. The Eagles will face E.D. White, a winner over Westlake.
Lusher (17-19), which defeated DeQuincy 3-1 in bi-district play, struggled with Parkview’s serving and never got into a rhythm. The Lions led only once during the match, a 2-1 advantage early in game 2.
Janei Dykes topped Lusher with three kills on a night when there weren’t many to go around. Demi Roberts had five digs and Bayleigh Butler added two aces.
Parkview’s Victoria Callender complimented Adelaja’s play with eight kills, seven digs and three aces. Breana Massey had 13 assists and five aces.
“Our goal was to stop (Adelaja), and we couldn’t do it,” Lusher coach Kiersten Thompson said. “We didn’t have anybody on our side that could slow her down. We just weren’t moving quick enough. Their offense is faster than what we’re used to.”
In game one, sparked by Adelaja’s three kills, Parkview won seven of the first eight points. Two Parkview hitting errors helped Lusher cut its deficit to 10-5, but the Lions never came close to finding a comfort zone.
Struggling with its own serving as well as returning Parkview’s serve, Lusher could make no headway, and fell 25-7.
“Their serving shut down, and passing the serve shut down,” Madden said. “If you can’t get those two things going, its tough.”
After Lusher took a 2-1 lead to start off game two, Parkview ran off 17 consecutive points. Lusher’s Sydney Holmes finally registered a kill to end the run, but the Eagles went on to take the game 25-4.
In game three, Parkview took a 7-0 lead, and coasted to the win in game three.
A kill from Channing Maumus got Lusher within 17-7, but Parkview won the final eight points to close out the match.
Parkview moves on to the state tournament and quarterfinal play, where last year it lost 3-2 to St. Louis.
“Any day, it’s anybody’s game,” Madden said. “You have to be ready to play hard because if you lose one, you’re done for the tournament. You have to take every game for what it is.”