As Destrehan earned a victory over Baton Rouge at the recent Brusly volleyball tournament, the Ladycats showed a glimpse of their potential and their growth through the early portion of a retooling season.
The Wildcats (4-10) are working with several new starters this season, while new head coach Adison Giambrone takes the helm of the program after the departure of former head coach Edward Borgstede, who made a jump to St. Charles Catholic after last season. Destrehan is also adjusting to life without former star hitter Ryley Boyne, who now plays for Southeastern.
Giambrone said she’s pleased with how her young team is coming together through 14 matches, noting that the Wildcats have come into the season ready to work and to learn.
“It’s definitely an adjustment, but we’ve been adjusting well,” Giambrone said. “Obviously with me being new, and a lot of new players. We’ve been focused on coming together as a family and as a team, worrying about what goes on at our side of the net more than what’s going on over on the other side. We’re making sure we’re progressing every single day in the gym, and in life, and making sure we’re doing right by us.”
Thus far this season, Khara Morton has been among the standouts. The 5’11 junior outside hitter and the sister of former DHS football star Tyler Morton has taken steps forward after starting as a sophomore.
Paris Richard, Rinoa Swancey and Lily Hayes have played very well to start the season as well, with Swancey and Hayes the lineup’s two lone seniors.
“With a young group, we’re focused a lot on keeping one foot in front of the other … staying in the moment, focusing on what you’re doing in the present. It’s something I think we’ve gotten a lot better at,” Giambrone said.
In the win over Baton Rouge, she said the team’s defensive discipline translated to the offensive side.
“We got a lot of quality touches and that enabled us to get some big swings on the front row,” Giambrone said. “Putting the ball where the defense wasn’t and finding the hole.”