YOUNGSVILLE — Ascension Episcopal coach Jill Braun said she and her team didn’t overlook Central Catholic in the least bit.
The Blue Gators dominated Central Catholic on Monday en route to a 25-16, 25-6, 25-18 straight sets victory in the regional round of the Division V playoffs. Braun said she was proud of her team for showing its versatility and depth, but the game’s star was Addie Vidrine.
“Getting a No. 3 seed, you hope you have a game that you can control,” Braun said. “I knew (Central Catholic) were young, and they’re improved from last year, but I was proud of our girls. They stayed strong and took care of business when they needed to.”
“She is a beast,” Braun said of the freshman. “I don’t necessarily know that anyone likes to win more than her. We have a lot of competitors on this team, but when the game is on the line, and we need things taken care, 100 times out of 100, Addie is going to step up and do what needs to be done. She’s a winner.”
Vidrine’s 16 kills helped the Blue Gators control the entire match. Vidrine said nothing out of the ordinary played into her dominance — it was just “one of those games.”
“We were all amped up before this game,” Vidrine said. “We had that energy where you were shaking, but nothing is wrong with you — you just knew you would play hard. We played one of our best games and we all played together.”
After a hard-fought 25-16 first set, the Blue Gators dominated the second set, winning 13 of the last 14 points and winning 25-6. Braun said it was good to see her entire time contribute.
“That is definitely something that you want to see going into the playoffs,” Braun said. “Addie is obviously a strong force, but our depth is there.”
Braun said at this point in the season, she is doing her best to take it game by game, but she sees potential for the Blue Gators to be special.
“I think the thing that sets us apart is that we have served really well, and we are very versatile on offense,” Braun said. “This is a team that has more options than I have ever had before. You can take any of these hitters, and they hold their own. It’s a special group of kids.”