Hahnville met up with defending District 6-I champion H.L. Bourgeois Monday and came up just short of a victory in the opening game of district play for each team.
Host H.L. Bourgeois took a spirited five-game match against Hahnville, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 20-18.
The Tigers led the match two games to one before the Braves rallied for the victory. HHS coach Mendi LeBouef said that though she wished her team could have come away with the win, there were many more positives than negatives from the performance against one of the district’s elite squads.
“I thought we battled extremely hard,” LeBouef said. “We defended well and offensively, we played consistently well. There weren’t a lot of errors.
“We have a relatively new starting lineup this season. Our kids have put in a tremendous amount of work and they’re beginning to click. I think we’re very close to where we’d like to be.”
The two teams split last season.
Kylie Roux led Hahnville with 24 kills in the match. Ellie Bergeron racked up 40 assists. Oubre had 14 kills for the Tigers.
The Tigers (12-8) shift their attention to another key district matchup with Thibodaux Tuesday, then a non-district contest with Lutcher Wednesday, both in home matches. Tuesday will see the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams take action, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday’s contests will be JV and varsity only, also beginning at 4 p.m.
LeBouef said she expects another highly competitive contest against Thibodaux.
“In our district, I think that’ll be the case across the board this season,” she said. “We’re definitely looking forward to playing against Thibodaux because that’s a team that will test us. It should be a good challenge.”
As for Lutcher, though no district wins are on the line, it promises to be an entertaining matchup of two of the strongest programs in the River Region.
“Lutcher has a great program,” LeBouef said.
“They’re a very good team with a really powerful offense.”
HHS DROPS 3
AT MORGAN CITY
At the Morgan City tournament, HHS played three matches Saturday.
The Tigers fell to South Terrebonne 23-25, 25-22 and 15-13.
Roux finished with 17 kills, while Stephanie Oubre added 11. Bergeron had 26 assists. Alyssa Chategnier had four aces.
Against host Morgan City, HHS fell 25-21, 25-19 and 16-14.
Roux and Oubre combined for 20 kills. Bergeron had 21 assists and Chategnier served seven aces and had 11 digs. . Roux added 10 digs, while Abby Christen made seven digs.
HHS fell in two matches to Westlake, 25-16 and 25-19.
Bergeron had 17 assists while Oubre made seven digs.
LeBouef said that while Roux and Bergeron have consistently asserted themselves as lead players for the Tigers, Oubre is emerging by making a strong showing of her own.
“She’s taking a large volume of swings,” LeBouef said.
“When Kylie goes to the back line, we’ve been going to (Oubre), and she’s doing a great job putting the ball down in play and getting a lot of kills out of it.”