After a four-match winning streak, Hahnville has gone 4-4 in its last eight on the volleyball floor against some tough competition, putting the Tigers at 8-7 on the season thus far and making it clear for head coach Mendi LeBoeuf what her team must strive for to reach their upcoming goals.
“We’re trying to take care of that inconsistent play,” LeBoeuf said. “Once we do that, we’ll have success.”
District 8-I play begins Oct. 12, so there is over two weeks left before the Tigers will take the court to begin their bid to repeat as district champion.
Already, the team has shown flashes of what it can do against top flight competition – it took Chapelle to five games and while John Curtis swept the Tigers in three, all three sets were down to the wire, including two beyond the 25th point.
“We definitely want to play teams that challenge us – that’s a really important part of the learning process,” LeBoeuf said. “Against high-level programs, you want that experience as you try and problem solve things out. I would say that from what I’ve seen, we have the personnel to compete with teams at a high level. But again, the question is can we do that consistently? We’re showing little bursts of it, we’re moving in the right direction. We just have to sustain it.”
Ebby Zeringue is off to a strong start to the season. The Tigers’ setter is facilitating the offense at a high level, LeBoeuf said.
Libero Kylie Spurgeon has anchored the defensive side of the game for Hahnville. And Mariah Mott has been an even better version of the finisher at the net that she showed herself to be last season, providing the lead scoring punch for the Tigers.
Hahnville returns to the court today, on the road at St. Martin’s at 5:30 p.m. This weekend Hahnville will take part in the CCA tournament at the Houma Civic Center, competition set for Friday and Saturday.
Thus far, Mott leads the team with 159 kills, followed by Katelyn Dufrene’s 76. Zeringue has posted 359 assists to lead in that area, while Spurgeon’s 174 digs tops the team.