Hahnville’s heating up.
The Lady Tigers moved to 20=1-9 overall and 3-0 in District 8-I play Thursday with a 25-10, 25-23, 25-6 victory over H.L. Bourgeois, just the latest in a run of matches that’s seen Hahnville go 13-2, including its current six-match winning streak.
HHS has bested Terrebonne, Central Lafourche, Lutcher, East Ascension and McGehee as well during the winning streak. The 13-2 surge overall was highlighted early by a strong performance at the Covenant Christian tournament in which the team went 5-0 over two days.
“I think we’re showing that this team doesn’t get too rattled, even when things aren’t going perfectly,” said Hahnville head coach Mendi LeBoeuf. “Several games we’ve been down a set early, and we just get it back under control – being mentally strong enough to keep doing what we need to do.”
LeBoeuf said a lot of that, she believes, comes down to the growing confidence of her players.
“I think having kids who started last year surrounding our new starters, who understand that this is a marathon and not a sprint. You can take some wrong steps along the way and still get things back on track,” she said. “This stretch has shown we have the resiliency to do that, and that’s pretty exciting.”
Over the team’s wins over Central, Lutcher and EA, Mariah Mott led the team in kills with 55, while adding 36 digs and 10 aces in three starts.
“She continues to be someone we can go to,” said LeBoeuf. “She’s taking care of business.”
Katelyn Dufrene was another force offensively with 28 kills. Ebby Zeringue set up the offense well with 139 assists while adding 28 digs defensively. Kylie Spurgeon led the defense with 52 digs and also served six aces.
“Both Kylie and Hadley (Ladner) have been really consistent offensively for us, striking the ball,” LeBoeuf said. “Ebby’s continued to do a great job running the offense and Kylie has been all over the place and doing a great job defending.”
LeBoeuf said the Covenant Christian tournament was a performance the Lady Tigers can be proud of. All five matches were against high-caliber teams, and the first day saw Hahnville challenged immediately with tough tests against Haynes and Lafayette Christian. Hahnville lost the first set of both, each time bouncing back for wins in the final two sets – 18-25, 25-22 and 16-14 over Haynes and then 13-25, 25-22 and 15-10 over LCA.
The next day saw Hahnville defeat Belle Chasse, Central Catholic and Cabrini in straight sets.
Those wins propelled Hahnville skyward in the power points rankings, and the Tigers have been climbing higher since. HHS sits at No. 7 in its division, which would mean an opening round playoff game at home.
“We knew we were up against all high-level teams and we wanted to just go in and compete,” said LeBoeuf. “We started by taking those first two teams to three and when it came time to, we were able to get it done.”
The pressure just doesn’t seem to get to this group.
“Strangely, it feels like we’re somewhat comfortable when we’re facing adversity,” she said. “Their mentality is a reason for that … their confidence is growing. And they believe in this team.”
Hahnville hosts Destrehan tonight in District 8-I competition. Varsity is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.