LAKE CHARLES — The Notre Dame volleyball team took a break from district play Tuesday night with a trip to St. Louis Catholic where it dominated the Saints in straight sets.
The 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) victory marks the 11th consecutive victory for the Lady Pios (17-4, 3-0 Division IV, District 2) as they try to gain as much momentum as possible as they inch toward the postseason.
“We’ve had some good wins,” Notre Dame coach Tara Young said. “We’re at a critical period here. … It’s really nice to get a break from district play. Our schedule really worked out well this year. This was a going to be a bye for us, so we were able to get St. Louis in. We have to get out of district every once in a while to stay sharp.”
Notre Dame opened the match strong, scoring 11 of the first 14 points in the first set. The Pios never let St. Louis (8-8) back in the set and rolled on its way to a 25-10 victory.
The Saints hung around at the start of the second set, but Notre Dame took control once again, scoring eight of 10 points to take a 13-6 lead and later rattled off five in a row to take a 20-9 lead before taking a two-set lead with a 25-14 lead.
The third set proved to be the most competitive as St. Louis tried to stay alive and force a fourth game, but the Pios never trailed, taking the third set 25-17 and earning the sweep.
“We serve received pretty well and took advantage of some balls that (St. Louis) gave us that were free balls,” Young said. “The other thing we did well (Tuesday) is we tried to get everybody involved in the offense. We’re so heavily reliant on Grace Morgan. We’ve been trying to be more diverse when we can be, so teams don’t think we’re one-dimensional.”
Despite the 11-game winning streak, Young said the Pios still have plenty of work to do if they want to be contenders when the playoffs roll around.
“We’ve got a lot of things we need to keep working on,” Young said. “It never bodes well for us when we’re quiet, and we definitely tend to be quiet a lot. … We’re right where we need to be, but we’re not where we want to be (in the postseason). We’ve progressed, we’ve made some strides, but we still have a lot of growing to do.”
Notre Dame will return to district action Thursday night when it travels to Catholic–New Iberia for its fourth district match.