Up two games and leading 19-11 in the third game, the Teurlings Catholic volleyball team looked like it had the victory locked up.
But a seven-point run by Notre Dame spelled trouble for the Lady Rebels, who went on to lose the third game. It was a tough moment for Teurlings’ graduating players, who were celebrating senior night Wednesday, but one that coach Terry Hebert said was a gut check for the team going forward.
The Lady Rebels went on to win the match 25-15, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18 but not without some trouble.
“You almost look at that loss and take something positive, say we need that,” Hebert said. “It was a character-building experience in that we had to make it happen. We had to go get the momentum back away from them (Notre Dame). And they (the team) did that.”
After Notre Dame claimed the third game, it took a while for Teurlings to recover, starting the fourth game down 5-2.
But at 7-7, the Lady Rebels claimed a lead they never lost.
Hebert said it’s been a while since his team has played a team as good as Notre Dame and was surprised by how Teurlings had beaten Pioneers in the first two games.
The first game started off close before the Lady Rebels went on an eight-point run to put them up 16-11 before taking the first game 25-15.
The second game went much of the same way, with Teurlings going on a seven-point run early to go up 14-7 before winning that game 25-15.
It looked like Teurlings found its rhythm in the third game, but a seven-point run by the Pioneers narrowed the Lady Rebels’ lead to two.
At 20-19, Teurlings senior Alyssa Breaux spiked the ball to help keep the Lady Rebels in the lead, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Notre Dame.
After the match, Hebert praised Breaux, who’s coming back from a leg injury.
The Pioneers brought momentum into the fourth game, but Teurlings proved to be too much for them.
“We fought. We showed some heart to fight back in that third game,” said Notre Dame coach Tara Young, who said her team needs to work on consistency.
Hebert hopes Wednesday’s struggles will motivate his team going forward.
“They’re (ticked). They’re not happy,” Hebert said. “They squandered a 19-11 lead, and that’s good . They weren’t very happy in the locker room, and I like that (going forward).”