Hahnville fell to a strong Mount Carmel team Tuesday, but the Tigers are still off to a strong start to 2020 with a 7-4 record thus far.
HHS coach Mendi Leboeuf said the Lady Tigers have steadily been improving over the early part of the season, and the starting lineup is beginning to mesh together very well.
“I think we’re doing some good things. We’re still trying to establish that consistency match-to-match with such a new lineup,” LeBoeuf said. “But right now we’re really playing well on defense. We’re getting to a lot of balls and really challenging the offense, covering a lot of ground. Our middles (Trista Naquin and Karlie Dufrene) are hitting a high percentage so far, which is helping us a lot.”
Outside hitter Colby Mayeux is also starting to strike the ball well, adding a threat to the mix.
“Our attack is starting to come together,” LeBoeuf said.
Hahnville swept De La Salle last week in non-district action. Mayeux served six aces and had seven digs for the Tigers. Naquin had 11 kills and Dufrene seven, while Ella Wilkie and Athen Canyon each had four. Alaina Bergeron posted 25 assists. Naquin and Sandy Bourgeois each added six digs.
Against H.L. Bourgeois, Sandy Bourgeois had 16 digs, while Mayeux had 11 and Dufrene nine. Naquin had nine kills (with four blocks) and Dufrene six kills. Bergeron had 21 assists and Mayeux served three aces.
Mount Carmel bested HHS in three sets, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-9. The Tigers shift gears now and look ahead to its upcoming matchups. A district battle with Thibodaux (Tuesday, 4 p.m. at Thibodaux) is on the slate in the next week, while a non-district matchups with John Curtis (Oct. 17) and Destrehan (Oct. 24) are upcoming this month that could play large in playoff seeding.
HHS is looking to turn things around in district play. Though the record overall is positive, the team fell in its first two district matchups, to H.L. Bourgeois and Terrebonne.
LeBoeuf said the different structure of the season this year – Hahnville might usually have 20 matches before its first district contest, which came just a small handful of matches into this season – means there’s a bit more pressure to kick things into the next gear in this early going.
“With a new starting lineup, it presents a few unique challenges,” LeBoeuf said. “The kids are working hard each day and we’re improving our game. Right now, we just focus on the process, and that should serve us well.”
Through 10 matches, Bergeron averages 30 assists a game. Sara Roussel has led the team in digs with 11.5 per outing. Naquin leads the way in kills with 12.7 per game while Dufrene is second behind her with 8.4. Mayeux is first in aces at 2.2 a game and second in digs at 9.3.