Throughout Thursday’s District 6-II volleyball match, South Terrebonne sprinted out to early leads only to have Terrebonne chase the Lady Gators down in the end.
The Lady Tigers defense at the net and mental resolve propelled them to a 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22 district victory.
Taylor Walls spearheaded Terrebonne with 25 kills, 16 digs, three blocks and two aces and Trinity Pierce (10 kills), Lauren Bergeron (43 assists) and Daycie Theriot (20 digs) also helped lead the way.
Madison Bourg led South Terrebonne with 17 kills and 19 digs, followed by Maddie Boquet (12 kills, 19 digs), Abbie Thibodaux (seven kills, six digs, two blocks, two aces) and Valerie LeBlanc (five kills, 33 assists, 23 digs, two blocks).
“We played OK. We got beat up in the middle of the second set,” Lady Tigers coach Craig Hamner said. “Lauren and Inayah (Pink) were hurting again. They just gritted it out. Thank God we got a good rest over the weekend because they both need it.”
“I’m happy with their hustle. We played better than we have in the past couple of games,” Lady Gators assistant coach Danielle Liner Henry. “It’s just the silly little errors that are killing us. We have to stop that if we want to win. If we don’t, this is going to continue to happen.”
In a back-and-forth first set, South Terrebonne (12-7 overall, 0-3 district) took its last lead 20-19 on an ace from Thibodaux. However, Terrebonne (16-10 overall, 2-1 district) scored the final six points, aided by a Walls ace and a pair of kills by Pierce.
South Terrebonne never trailed in Set 2. The hard swinging of Thibodaux and Bourg staked them to an early 6-2 advantage. When Terrebonne within a point midway through, it Mariah Ross (8 kills, 3 digs) and Boquet’s play at the net that pushed the Lady Gators on a 10-5 run to tie the match one game each.
“Our defense was pretty good. Taylor, she’s really swinging well. Trinity Pierce stepped up for us,” Hamner sid. “We just keep grinding it out, keep playing hard. Whatever happens, happens."
“We got balls up. We hustled and we hit very well,” Liner said. “We threw them off their passing game a lot with our hitting and serving. I told them they need to believe in themselves like I believe in them.”
Several times during Set 3, South Terrebonne held a three-point advantage. The last time at 19-16 on consecutive kills from LeBlanc, Thibodaux and Boquet. Still, Terrebonne ended the set with a 9-3 burst, which included Walls delivering four kills and block during the run.
South Terrebonne bolted to an 11-8 lead in Set 4, sparked by an ace and three kills from Bourg. Terrebonne responded with a 6-1 stretch, including a pair of kills from Walls and Pink each.
When the Lady Gators pulled 19-18, Terrebonne answered again. Pink delivered two kills, while Walls provided two blocks to seal the win.
“It comes down to our schedule. We’ve been playing some really good teams. We’re used to playing really tight games,” Hamner said. “That helped us pull it out in the end. We’re prepared for this type of situation. We never got too rattled even though they made runs. We could never pull away until the end of each of those sets.”
“It’s mental errors. We’re in our own heads right now,” Liner said. “We’ll be ahead, and they come back, and then it gets in our heads. We have to learn to side out. We’re a really good team. If we get out of our own heads, we can show that.”
THURSDAY’S VOLLEYBALL CAPSULES
HAHNVILLE DEF. THIBODAUX
Score: 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 (at Boutte, District 6-I match)
Statistical leaders: Thibodaux -- Ja'Mya Holmes (eight kills, 13 digs), Karli Marse (15 digs), Madison Bonvillain (10 assists)
Records: Hahnville (16-10 overall, 5-0 in district); Thibodaux (4-15 overall, 2-3 in district)
SOUTH LAFOURCHE DEF. DESTREHAN
Score: 25-17, 25-22, 25-19 (at Destrehan, nondistrict match)
Statistical leaders: South Lafourche – Sioerra Lerille (34 assists, four digs), Taylor Toups (21 digs, 17 kills), Alissa Cosse (six digs), Bailey Melancon (four digs), Claire Chiasson (four digs, 11 kills), Jacie LeBoeuf (12 digs), Marcelle Pitre (four kills), Abigail Bouzigard (four digs, three blocks, 10 kills)
Records: South Lafourche (14-6 overall); Destrehan (17-11 overall)
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE DEF. EAST ST. JOHN
Score: 25-22, 25-24, 25-19 (at Reserve, District 6-I match)
Statistical leaders: Central Lafourche – Magen Caro (seven kills, six aces, two solo blocks), Kinslee Ross (seven kills, eight digs, two aces), Madison Theriot (five kills, 14 digs), Jaylah Gray (24 assists, five digs)
Records: Central Lafourche (4-16 overall, 1-4 in district); East St. John (1-7 overall, 0-5 in district)
NEW IBERIA DEF. ELLENDER
Score: 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 (at Houma, nondistrict match)
Records: New Iberia (10-5 overall); Ellender (5-13 overall)
CENTRAL CATHOLIC DEF. E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC
Score: 20-25, 11-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11 (at Morgan City, nondistrict match)
Statistical leaders: EDW – Lila Bordis (29 kills, three blocks), Rebecka Bollinger (nine kills), Khloe Trosclair (four blocks), Maddie Gros (21 digs), Emmi Lasseigne (15 digs, two aces), Mary Grace Chiasson (47 assists)
Records: Central Catholic (20-5 overall); EDW (14-6 overall)
MORGAN CITY DEF. HOUMA CHRISTIAN
Score: 25-14, 25-7, 25-9 (at Morgan City, nondistrict match)
Statistical leaders: Houma Christian – Jordyn Marie (eight digs), Laura Lemaire (seven digs), Dalesia Williams (four digs, five kills), Isabell Bourgeois (three kills), Xariel Washington (three kills), Lauren Daigle (13 assists)
Records: Morgan City (21-5 overall); Houma Christian (9-12 overall)
Compiled by sports editor Kelly McElroy.