State match on regional volleyball groups’ minds as season begins – American Press


State match on the thoughts of discipline volleyball groups because the season begins

Printed on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 5:00 am

The street to the state volleyball match in Kazundom begins at the moment as groups from throughout the state start the 2022 season.

Sam Houston got here up brief final season after falling to Archbishop Chappell within the regional spherical, however hasn’t modified his aim of a spot in Lafayette.

“We had already performed and defeated him (within the common season),” mentioned Sam Houston’s head coach René Fontenot. “We struggled with some discrepancies mentally.

“We have been upset with final yr’s outcome. Our goal was to qualify for the state match. We’re going again with that aim once more, regardless of 5 seniors graduating.”

The Broncos return three starters, together with all-out district first-team setter Cat Manuel, hitter Eddie Melendi and center hitter Mallory Wills.

“We’ve got a variety of expertise on the ground,” Fontenot mentioned. “We’ve got executed a variety of psychological and bodily coaching.

“We’ve got to recover from that hurdle that it is a new lineup with 4 starters changed.”

A lot of the lineup can play in a number of positions, giving Fontenot many choices.

“We’ve got two very succesful setters (Kate Manuel, Bailey Fools),” Fontenot mentioned. “Ava Henry is within the lineup and touching 10-ft, and he or she’s a sophomore.

“All these juniors and a few of the sophomores can all play in a number of positions. We’ll do what’s finest for us as a crew. They’ve purchased into the idea. I can change the skin to the center, and so they Having fun with it. We will simply change from 5-1 to 6-1 and change out and in. We’re actually enthusiastic about this yr. The lineup will change so much.”

Sam Houston is coming off a 27-win season and a District 3-I Championship.

Iota and Iowa made it to Cajundom final yr, falling within the Division III quarterfinals. Every has a number of All-District gamers to interchange, and Iowa has a brand new head coach in former Winton head coach and McNeese State participant Jenny D’Alessandro.

Iowa returns senior Anna Alexander and Kamrin Howard, whereas Iota returns sophomore Chloe Bordelon and senior Emily Hebert. All 4 earned all-district honors final season.

Louis Catholics in Division III and Sulfur in Division I wish to return to the state match for the primary time since 2020.

The Saints return to All-District first-team senior libero Billy Painter, however will probably be and not using a second crew exterior hitter Grace Simien, who will miss the season following knee surgical procedure. Additionally for the Saints are senior setter Grace Hyperlinks, and juniors Katie Kennison and Haley Jackson.

“We’re comparatively younger,” mentioned St. Louis head coach Elizabeth Thompson. “We’ve got three seniors and 4 juniors.

“The previous couple of years have laid a superb basis. These gamers are hungry for victory. We’ve got a variety of expertise. It is a matter of placing all of the items collectively. These ladies have been a part of some profitable groups, however they’ve fallen brief. They’re hungry to see it. They need to earn their identify. We’re engaged on our psychological energy, which has been a problem prior to now. I feel it is going to be an enormous optimistic level for us this yr.”

Sulfur could have a veteran lineup after dropping only one senior upon commencement. The group is led by exterior hitter Finley Dennis and a pair of all-district first-team seniors in setter Keeley Seaford. In between Claire Weidner and Kennedy Dougherty, setter/out hitter Kendall Choose, and defensive specialists Lauren Richard, Cadence Provider and Libby Benoit are additionally again.

“I am actually excited to see this yr’s crew compete,” mentioned Bridget Coppells. “We return everybody from final yr’s crew, besides one senior who graduated final yr, however we’re enjoying at the next degree of volleyball this yr.

“We’ve got six seniors who carry glorious management to this crew, and I stay up for seeing how way more we enhance because the season progresses.”

Elton will start his inaugural season at Westminster Christian in Lafayette on 6 September and host his first dwelling sport on 15 September in opposition to Church Level.

Alton is the third discipline college so as to add volleyball prior to now three years, together with Welsh final season and Lake Charles School Prep in 2019.


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