Lady Tigers rally to force 5th set, but fall short in round one

Colby Mayeux of Hahnville

No. 18 seeded Hahnville back after falling behind by two sets at No. 15 Lafayette Tuesday, but the Lady Tigers’ rally fell just short as its season came to an end in round one of the Division I volleyball playoffs, 25-23, 25-16, 25-27, 24-26, 10-15.  

Trista Naquin led Hahnville with 13 kills, while Colby Mayeux added seven and Karlie Dufrene and Ella Wilkie six each, Dufrene also had six aces for Hahnville.  

“Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get it done in the first two sets, but we continued to fight and show that competitive spirit,” said Hahnville head coach Mendi LeBoeuf.  So, to come away with the win in the third and fourth were huge. We were down big in that fourth set and came back to take it and push it to a fifth set. We just fell a little short in the end.” 

Lafayette advanced to face St. Joseph’s in round two.  

LeBoeuf said the Lions’ tough serving and offensive play at the net presented problems at different times. 

The elimination set was an intense back and forth battle. 

“We got off to a good start, but made a few mistakes near the end,” LeBoeuf said. “They went up three and we couldn’t get back from there.” 

This was a season that wasn’t promised following Hurricane Ida, with Hahnville’s school campus damaged and team members affected. Once the season was officially on, finding a place to practice and rebuild chemistry was the challenge.  

But led by eight seniors, HHS battled to post another winning season and finish second in its district. It surged into the playoffs with wins in eight of its final nine regular season games to ultimately earn a record of 18-10.  

“I’m super proud of this team and the eight seniors we have,” LeBoeuf said. “They’ve been through a lot in their high school careers, with COVID and then the hurricane this year. They came to practice every single day excited to work and they worked hard. They love each other and play for each other.” 

 

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