E.D. White tops Vandebilt, clinches share of 5-III title

Vandebilt setter Allie Beyer (10) prepares to make an assist during Thursday's District 5-III match against E.D. White. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

E.D. White Catholic was on a mission to claim supremacy in District 5-III in Thursday's volleyball match against Vandebilt Catholic.

Mission accomplished.

After withstanding Vandebilt's energy to start the match, the Lady Cardinals settled down and found their service game that was too much for Vandebilt to overcome.

When it was over, E.D. White claimed at least a share of the district title with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 win over the Lady Terriers.

E.D. White (23-8 overall, 6-0 in district) has two district matches remaining against Berwick on Oct. 16 and Patterson on Oct. 23 and needs just one more district win to claim the outright title.

Lady Cardinals coach Mary Cavell said that after beating Vandebilt in five sets earlier in the season, E.D. White wanted to make a statement by sweeping the Lady Terriers this time around.

"I told the girls that you know everyone is going to be here and we want to show them that we should've beaten them in three the last time. We felt that in the first game over there we had a lead and let it go. Then we won the next two, but we didn't take care of business. When they came out quick we went through some anxiety, but I told them to settle in as quickly as you can," Cavell said. "They did have a run, but we settled down and our passing came back and we went to town from there. Our serves improved and it was really a good all-around game. We placed the ball real well on our serves and they couldn't get it to their hitters."

Vandebilt (15-13, 4-2) couldn't have asked for a better start when an 8-1 run gave the Lady Terriers a 15-8 lead in the first set.

Sydney Lerille (eight kills) got the run started with a kill and scored four points during the run.

The Lady Cardinals began to chip away and eventually tied the set at 16 behind the serving of Sydney Bordis (six digs).

Vandebilt surged ahead and seemed in control of the set with a 21-17 lead, but a sideout put Aimee' Brien on the service line. Brien would served the next seven points for the 25-21 win.

Brien, who finished with 14 assists and five aces, said that the Lady Cardinals were nervous at the start but never panic when Vandebilt got off to a fast start.

"At first we had the jitters and we couldn't get nothing together. We just got it together and we stood together as a sisterhood and never had any doubt," Brien said. "We really focused on our serves, but our coach told us not to just put it over the net. Put it where it means something so that they could send it back."

Even though E.D. White found its service game during the first set, it was Vandebilt's serve that put the Lady Cardinals in a 12-7 deficit in the second set.

E.D. White crept back and tied the set at 12 and the teams traded points until the Lady Cardinals broke a 17-17 tie with an 8-1 run.

A block-kill by Michelle Rivere (seven kills, three blocks, two aces) gave the Lady Cardinals the momentum and started the run. An error by E.D. White led to a sideout and a 20-18 score, but Vandebilt couldn't hold its serve putting Brien back on the service line.

Brien served the final four points for the 25-18 win.

Lady Terriers coach Latashia Wise said that her team's inability to handle E.D. White's serves was the difference.

"Our serve-receive wasn't nearly as good as it should have been. Even when we jumped out quick it wasn't that good. When we do well in our serve-receive, our offense can do anything it wants. When we don't, we struggle," Wise said. "There is nothing else I can really say other than E.D. White really played well. They beat us at our place and here at their place. They had a home-court advantage and they took advantage of it."

In the third set, the Lady Cardinals' serve forced Vandebilt's passing to deteriorate which led to several free balls that E.D. White put away.

Thanks to the free balls and quick sets to Weimer (18 kills, five blocks), the Lady Cardinals went out a 12-5 lead.

Trailing 18-11, Vandebilt put together a 7-1 run thanks to the serving of Erin Crane (five kills, 10 digs) and Shakira Bingham to make it a 19-17 score.

However, Vandebilt could not overtake E.D. White and on match point Madison Rodrigue spiked the ball into the Lady Terriers' block for the win.

Weimer said that the team is happy to win district, but there is still room for improvement.

"We worked on (the quick set) with all the setters. We felt really good and came out strong, maybe not at the beginning but we stayed together," Weimer said. "They came out strong but we just didn't want anyone to beat us on our home court. This win helps us improve but we still haven't played our best volleyball yet."

Kristen Kurtz had six kills and seven digs, while Maggie Hamilton led Vandebilt's defense with 17 digs for Vandebilt. Also for the Lady Terriers, Allie Beyer came up with 10 digs and 17 assists.

Abby Richard finished with five digs for E.D. White.


At Thibodaux, the Lady Braves improved to 22-6 overall and 6-0 in District 5-I with the 25-10, 25-21, 25-16 victory.

Shannon Jones (12 kills), Raeven Scott (10 kills, two solo blocks), Tatyanna Russ (seven kills), Rebekah Porche (31 assists, three aces) and Brenna Copes (six digs) led the Lady Braves.

Thibodaux (8-18, 4-2 in district) got 13 kills and eight digs from Chelsie Brown, eight kills from Eris Stove and 12 digs from Sadie Daigle.


At Morgan City, the Lady Gators improved to 10-17 overall and 3-2 in District 6-II with the 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 victory. Julia LeBlanc (12 kills, two blocks), Sarah LeBoeuf (nine kills, nine digs, three aces), Megan Trosclair (six kills, seven digs, two aces), Blare Pellegrin (seven kills), Taylor Dupre (nine digs) and Katelyn Blanchard (17 assists) led the Lady Gators.


At Napoleonville, the Lady Mustangs moved to 18-10 overall and 5-0 in District 6-II with the 25-19, 25-13, 25-7 victory.

Keverion Ward (15 kills), Bailey Daigle (40 assists), Erineka Mollere (seven kills), Taylor Dupaty (seven kills) and Brianna Brown (seven kills) led Assumption.

The Lady Tarpons fell to 7-10 and 0-5 in district.


At Houma, the Lady Warriors fell to 3-12 overall and 0-1 in District 5-V with the 21-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-20, 15-8 loss.

Jordan Moore (21 assists), Amy Bonvillain (10 kills, eight aces), Alicia Johnson (six kills, 12 digs), Jordan Hall (37 digs) and Hannah Knight (eight kills) led the Lady Warriors.


At New Iberia, the Lady Warriors improved to 5-7 overall with the 21-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-14 victory and got 13 kills, 11 digs and two aces from Naomi Trujillo, 10 digs and six kills from Gabby McCorkel and 22 assists from Kelsey Bourg.


— Staff writer, Kelly McElroy