The Hannan volleyball team showed no hangover from Tuesday night’s five-set victory over Class 5A Mandeville.
In fact, the Class 2A Hawks made it look much easier Wednesday afternoon when they dispatched Class 4A Chalmette in straight sets. Hannan, a young but increasingly talented team, defeated Chalmette, 25-23, 25-18, 25-15, in a nondistrict match Wednesday at Hannan.
With the win, the Hawks improved to 5-1. Chalmette fell to 3-4.
Caroline Standley, a freshman who contributed 12 kills against Chalmette, said the win was another step in the progression of the Hannan program.
“We came out really strong, and I feel that once we come out strong, we stay strong,” Standley said. “We felt really positive and really excited after the win (against Mandeville). We talked about it at school today, and we were excited to play this game. I think our defense has been strong and our offense is just getting better.”
That seemed to be the case against Chalmette. The first set see-sawed to a 21-21 tie, but a touch hit by Hannan’s Haley Cabeceiras followed by a Chalmette net error and two kills by Standley wrapped up the first set.
The second set was equally close until Hannan broke away late on a winner by Tatum Ballard and a kill on the front line. The Hawks dominated the third set, going up 12-4 and 20-11 in the game. Two Chalmette errors and a tip by Hannan sealed the three-set victory.
“I’m learning that these girls are going to be steady,” said Hannan coach Rebekka Bonnaffee.
“They’re young, and it may take them a while to get to things. But when we’re at that point, I know we’re OK. (We could have come out tired) but we trained hard all summer for days like this, knowing there would be weeks when you played almost every day.”
Chalmette coach Kelli Plascia said her team ran into a talented team playing very well.
“We knew coming in that they would be a good team, and it would be fast paced with quick steps,” Plascia said. “We played them last year to five sets. We knew she had just about everyone coming back. It showed today.”
Cabeceiras led Hannan with 14 kills and 10 digs. Ballard had 20 assists. Danielle Loup had 18 digs and three aces.
Kaitlyn Lacour led Chalmette with 15 kills, six blocks and four aces. Emily Pulley had 14 assists and Kelli Gallardo had 12 digs.