BROUSSARD — After winning three straight matches at the Teurlings Catholic/ESA Volleyball Jamboree Thursday at Episcopal School of Acadiana, it would be easy to think that would set the tone for the season. It would be easy to be wrong, said Teurlings senior libero Kynnedie Maloz.
Maloz, who was a key part of Teurlings’ 39-4 Division III state championship team last year, was emphatic there is room for improvement.
“This does not dictate how our season is going to go,” said Maloz, who is headed to the University of Pennsylvania next year where she expects to continue her volleyball career. “We will improve. We won’t be the same team at the end of the season. We never are.”
That may mean bad news for the Rebels’ opponents as they beat ESA 25-10 in the first match then defeated North Vermillion 25-1. They closed out the night by beating Sacred Heart, also winners of their first two matches, by a score of 25-11.
While also admitting there is room for improvement, Teurlings coach Terry Hebert was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I thought we served well,” he said. “We maintained our focus.”
He also noted the event is about more than wins and losses.
“You want to try to find tune your lineups (in the jamboree),” he said. “You want to switch people around. It is a chance to play some quality opponents before the season starts. I like doing it.”
The Rebels used eight aces in the first match, including three in a row by Alyssa Breaux, for the contest’s final points to help defeat the Falcons. After falling behind 3-0 to North Vermillion in the next match, Teurings quickly took a 6-3 lead on six straight aces by Ryan Delhomme. After a point by the Patriots, the Rebels took command of the game by getting the next four points, which included two aces by Maloz and a kill from Mackenzie Marze, to go up 10-4.
The Rebels third match was never in doubt as they jumped to an 8-2 lead over the Saints. After Sacred Heart went on a 3-1 run, highlighted by Erin Mockler’s kill, Teurlings outscored Sacred Heart 10-0 to go up 19-5, which led to the Saints’ first loss of the day. Earlier Sacred Heart beat North Vermillion 25-23 and the Falcons 25-16.
Despite losing to the Patriots 25-15, ESA coach Julie Dawson got exactly what she was hoping for from the jamboree.
“You want to get court experience,” she said, while also noting her team consists of many eighth and ninth graders. “You want to see players. You want to try out different lineups. We discovered some weaknesses and we also found a strong lineup.”