DUTCHTOWN — For the third time in four seasons, Dutchtown knocked Woodlawn out of the Division I volleyball playoffs in the bidistrict round.
Led by the power of sophomores Kristen Thompson and Caroline Beeman, Dutchtown rolled to a 3-0 victory over Woodlawn by scores of 25-19, 25-10, 25-13 on Wednesday.
The 11th-seeded Griffins (25-19) advance to a regional match Monday at No. 6 Comeaux, which had a bye. Woodlawn, the 22nd seed, finishes 22-15.
The 6-foot Thompson and 5-11 Beeman had two blocks each and finished with 20 and 11 kills.
“It was a total team effort,” Dutchtown coach Patrick Ricks said. “The girls were focused. We controlled the ball with our passing and serving.”
Dutchtown senior setter Sena DeLuca kept the offense moving with 41 assists.
“I’m confident in my team,” DeLuca said. “Our back row did great. We were consistently getting those passes on the net so I could set a quick offense. Woodlawn couldn’t get the block because they didn’t know where I was going to set.”
DeLuca said it’s fun to set up her teammates. Whitney Jones added seven kills.
“We’ve got some great hitters on the team,” she said.
“Kristen Thompson is a really smart and powerful player,” Ricks said. “Caroline Beeman can impact the game with her hitting and serving. Sena DeLuca probably played her best match of the season. It’s coming together for us.”
The second set was tied at 9. Dutchtown went on a 16-1 run from there. Beeman had two of her game-high four aces in that sequence, and Jones also served well. Thompson scored the winning point on a kill.
Dutchtown surged to a 7-1 lead in the third set. Woodlawn scored three straight points to cut the deficit to 12-6 after a tip shot by Ashley Porter. The Griffins went on a 12-1 run from there with 10 points coming on the serve of Samantha Berkholz, who finished with four aces.
“We didn’t pass the ball well enough to have any kind of offense,” Woodlawn coach Nelson Malpica said. “We got frustrated, and the girls put their heads down. We can’t win with bad body language.
“I give Dutchtown credit for running a quick offense. They’re a good team. We didn’t play our best match.”
Jodi Edo had six kills and two blocks for Woodlawn. Leah Williams added five kills.
Woodlawn returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence and finished tied for third in district. Dutchtown advances to the regional round for the fourth time in five seasons.