Hannan’s volleyball team has had an outstanding 2015 season and will likely be a contender for the Division IV crown.
The scarier thought for opponents is Hannan only had a pair of seniors in Hannan Summersgill and Danielle Ledet to honor in their final regular-season home game.
The second-ranked team in the small school New Orleans Advocate Sweet 16 rankings, Hannan easily dispatched of Northlake Christian in three games 25-12, 25-11 25-12 Tuesday afternoon.
Hannan (30-6) was led by Hailey Cabeceiras who had 13 kills, 11 digs, and three aces. Freshman Allee Morris had six kills and four blocks. Tatum Ballard led the offensive attack with 26 assist, and Mia Migliore had a game-high five aces.
“We wanted to come out here and just take care of business” Cabeceiras said. “It was a very business-like approach. I do think it helped the intensity level with it being Senior Night, and we got the chance to send our seniors out victorious. You could feel the energy.”
Trailing 3-1 in the opening game, the Hawks took control with a 14-2 run that put them up 14-4 lead en route to the victory.
Never trailing in the second game, Hannan broke out to an 8-1 lead and saw its lead grow as large as 20-8 before they won 25-11.
Emptying their bench in Game 3, the Hawks trailed 2-1, but a 6-2 run allowed them to retake the lead at 7-3 and win the third game.
Northlake Christian (14-10) was led by Maddy Rouyer who had seven kills and seven digs. Mia Chiota had six kills and four aces and senior Blair Kent had six digs.
The Hawks will wrap up the regular season when they travel to Chalmette on Thursday, while the Wolverines have their final regular-season game Wednesday against Ben Franklin.
Ranked as the second-best team in Division IV according to the latest power rankings, Cabeceiras acknowledged the Hawks are focused on making a deep playoff run.
“Our eyes are on getting to the state tournament and getting on center court that final day,” she said. “Right now I don’t think there are that many technical things we have to try to fix. We are a good team. We just have to realize that with the playoffs starting next week our intensity level and just overall energy has to be there every game of every match. We have to believe we can win every match we play.
“Saying that I know you have to take one playoff game at a time, but we all want another shot at Pope John Paul for a state championship.”
If the Hawks are to get that rematch against the Jaguars, Morris will be a big reason why. The 6-2 freshman, who already has a scholarship offer from LSU, continues to gain important experience with each and every match.
“I want to help this team get better and better and you want to be playing your best right now as we start the postseason,” she said. “I believe there is still stuff we can work on, but that is what practice is for, and we are excited about the playoffs starting soon.”