As St. Charles Parish takes a few more steps to normalcy each day following Hurricane Ida, one milestone was reached in the return of preps athletics Thursday as Hahnville kicked off its volleyball season.
The Lady Tigers traveled to Morgan City for tournament action and went 2-0, felling Morgan City 25-13, 25-20, 15-11, and Ben Franklin 25-13, 25-10.
There’s been no practice time for Hahnville since the storm, as it damaged the Tigers’ facility. Two planned outdoor practices to work on ball-handling were rained out as well. But a Hahnville team that brings back the majority of its roster came together for a strong start to the season.
“It’s been rough,” said Hahnville volleyball coach Mendi LeBoeuf. “We finished up our jamboree and feel good about where we are, everyone is super excited to start the season, and then the storm hit. The kids lost a lot, everyone’s lost a lot. We were apart for a couple weeks … to be able to come together and be able to play, this was a really special day for our players. Everyone was really elated to be back.”
LeBoeuf said after a strong first set against Morgan City, the second didn’t quite see the same level of play by her team.
“Consistency wise, it was going to be a little sketchy, obviously, after not touching the ball for two weeks,” she said. “We got ourselves into a little bit of a pickle in that second set, but we were really able to regain our momentum and finish strong in the third.”
That third set saw the Tigers execute down the stretch to seal the win, before putting a dominant effort on the board against Ben Franklin to start the year undefeated.
“It was never going to be perfect. We’re not in top form yet. But I’m really excited about the effort and proud of everyone,” LeBoeuf said.
This is a veteran team, with eight seniors among its ranks. Hahnville brings back a very strong duo at the net in Trista Naquin and Karlie Dufrene, both seniors and returning All-District selections.
Defensively, Hahnville is paced by senior libero Sara Roussel. Senior Kennedy Harris, junior Sandy Bourgeois are talented defensive specialists as well. Senior outside hitter Colby Mayeux missed the opening games but was expected back Saturday, as Hahnville was set to play their final two games of the Morgan City tourney.