MANDEVILLE — Fontainebleau High School coach Kacie Mule said her team’s seemingly slugglish performance against St. Joseph’s Academy on Tuesday had nothing to do with her team playing a rigorous five-game tournament against some of the state’s best teams in the Northshore vs. Southshore Challenge over the weekend.
But whatever the reason, the Bulldogs (the New Orleans Advocate’s second-ranked large school team,) didn’t look extremely sharp in their non-district matchup against the Redstickers at Fontainebleau.
St. Joseph’s handily won the match, 25-17, 25-11, 25-21. They improved to 3-0 on the young season. Fontainebleau fell to 3-5 overall.
The Redstickers relied on solid passing and an exceptional serving attack to defeat Fontainebleau. At one point, when they were cruising to an easy second-set win, St. Joseph’s fired five aces within seven points.
The rock-solid performance broke down a bit in the third set, when unforced errors helped the Bulldogs back into the third, after trailing the final set, 12-6.
“I feel like we passed really well and we had some good ups today,” said St. Joseph’s junior Hanna Rovira. “To pass and serve well is part of our game. It feels good to get a win tonight against a good team. We just have to keep getting better.”
St. Joseph’s coach Sivi Miller agreed.
“We want to be tough when it comes to moving the ball and serving, absolutely,” she said. “But we made a few too many unforced errors, especially in the third set. I think we had between seven or 10 alone in that game. But I’m pleased with being able to beat a good team and am happy with the way we played.”
Mule was less than enthusiastic about Fontainebleau’s performance.
“We are a passing team and we didn’t execute our game plan,” she said. “They did. They are a ball control team and they did what they had to do.”
The first set was knotted at 8-all until two unforced errors began the Bulldogs’ unraveling.
Katherine Young and Madison Daigle scored at the net for St. Joseph’s to break open the first set.
The second set was all St Joseph’s until Fontainebleau played gamely in the third to make things interesting.
Sydney Davis led St. Joe’s with eight kills, seven aces, four digs and four blocks. Young has seen kills and seven digs and Jacie McClure had 14 digs. Parker Harrell had seven blocks, 16 assists, eight kills and eight digs for the Redstickers.
Fontainebleau was led by Sadie Hocke with 14 digs, Tiffany Marlbrough with 10 digs and two aces, and Megan Zulli with six kills and three blocks.
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