Now Lakeshore gets its chance to again take down their cross-parish rival.
The No. 11-seeded Titans dispatched of the No. 22 Charging Bucs 25-5, 25-10 and 25-8 in Division II bidistrict volleyball playoff action on Thursday.
The win for Lakeshore (21-15) sets up a rematch with district rival and No. 6 St. Scholastica on Monday at 4 p.m. with a berth to the Pontchartrain Center on the line. SSA swept the previous two matchups between the two squads.
Caroline Golden led Lakeshore with nine kills and five aces. Rebekah Koshak had seven digs and sophomore Rachel Ducote had a game-high 13 assists.
Jumping out to a quick 4-1 start in game one, Lakeshore’s lead quickly ballooned to 14-3 en route to the 25-5 win in game one. All five of Landry-Walker’s points in the opening game were from hitting errors by the Titans.
Lakeshore again used a quick start to take a commanding lead in game two. The Titans broke out to an early 11-0 advantage and led 11-1 when the Charging Bucs registered their first kill of the match. Lakeshore’s lead ballooned to as much as 15-4 in the game two win.
The Charging Bucs took their first lead of the match in game three at 2-1 and had their biggest lead of the night at 4-2.
Lakeshore was immediately able to respond, going on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 19-6 lead to capture game three and the victory in the match.
Junior outside hitter Katie Gunther said it was difficult to remain focused against an overmatch Charging Bucs squad.
“Not taking anything away from our opponent, but games like this are hard to stay in mentally,” Gunther said. “Because you know you are expected to win, and you break out to such big leads. To combat that, you focus more on yourself and eliminating silly mistakes and just trying to continue to improve as a team. You want to be able to use those lessons learned in future playoff games like the one we have on Monday.”
One of the best outside hitters in the area, Golden admitted her team wants another shot at the Doves.
“We know we still have a lot we have to improve on and get better at if we want to have a chance to beat SSA,” she said. “We are a team that believes we should have had a first round bye in the playoffs, and we are using that as inspiration for the rest of the playoffs.
“But we just want another shot at SSA and now we get our chance. The two times we played those guys we just made too many mistake on our end. You can’t do that against a team like the Doves and expect to win. If we can clean up the mistakes on our end and play better overall volleyball, I like our chances on Monday afternoon.”
Landry-Walker finished the season 9-28. No statistics were available for Landry-Walker.