Saturday morning’s nondistrict volleyball match between Country Day and St. Scholastica Academy was supposed to serve as a tune-up for next week’s high school volleyball playoffs.
Both teams are expected to earn high seeds as they aim to play for the state title in the Ponchartrain Center.
Country Day emerged from its home gymnasium with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 victory. While the Cajuns seemed pleased with their tweaking, St. Scholastica suffered the verbal wrath of coach Lauren Beattie.
“They just have to choose if they want this or not,” Beattie said of her team’s effort. “My leaders have to step up. We just have to believe it or not. If we believe it, we’ll do it. If not, well, we’ll just have performances like we did (Saturday).”
Beattie’s frustration wasn’t built only around the loss — just the sixth of the season for the Doves (35-6). It was the lack of effort late in the nondistrict match that set off the Doves coach.
There were no such issues for Country Day (36-6).
Caroline Perlis led Country Day with 36 kills, and Simone Becnel added 12 kills. Jenna Ibieta finished with 38 assists, and Maddie Leger had 22 digs for the Cajuns of Metairie.
“We had kind of been off for the last few matches,” Country Day junior Juliet Cimini said. “So this was about becoming a team again and really focusing on our strengths, not our weaknesses, and really compensating on what we’ve had trouble on the last two weeks.”
High on that list was passing and communication.
Neither seemed to be an issue against St. Scholastica. Up next is the Division V playoffs for Country Day, a potential No. 1 seed.
“I think our back row had a really good game; they dug a lot of balls,” Perlis said. “We were able to run our offense like we like to. As for communication, we’ve focused on that. I think it was a good win.”
Country Day has won five consecutive state championships.
Allison Weimer led St. Scholastica with eight kills, and Jess Lucio added seven kills and 11 digs. Emma Estapa finished with 19 assists and 2 aces.
“We didn’t expect it to be easy, but we didn’t expect it to be this bad of a loss,” Weimer said. “I thought we’d really, really put our effort into it, and try a lot harder than we did in the last two sets.”