University High beats Riverside to win Dutchtown Tournament

Two weekends equalled two tournament titles for the University High volleyball team.

The Cubs rallied to notch a 2-1 victory over Riverside Academy to close out the Dutchtown Tournament on Saturday night at DHS.

UHS (11-1) trailed in the first set by six points, but rallied for a 25-22 win over Division IV rival Riverside (13-3). The Cubs won the South Louisiana Invitational at Woodlawn last weekend.

The Rebels turned the tables in Set 2, opening up as much as a five-point lead before winning 25-23. But U-High left little doubt in the 15-point third set. Coach Bonita Johnson’s team took the lead early and never wavered, winning 15-9.

“We came from behind to win at the end of a tournament, which isn’t easy,” Johnson said. “After the second set, we came out and took control of the third set. That was good. We played well and got through it.”

Lindsay Flory had 10 digs, nine kills and nine assists to help lead UHS. Presley Stoltzfus added 10 digs. Marygrace Constantin had five kills and Riley Tomeny added four. Karyn Moore contributed three aces.

Kendra Turner led Riverside with 21 kills, four blocks and four aces. Danielle Hebert contributed 13 assists for the Rebels.

“We put up a good fight,” Riverside coach Chelsey Nicholas said. “We had to play three games back-to-back, which is tough and (U-High) had a little rest in there. But I’m proud of my girls. I think there was some fatigue at the end.”

An ace by Moore helped set UHS up to win the first set. Flory lofted the ball over the net on the next sequence to end it.

Turner had two aces in the second set. She also contributed seven kills and actually sent the ball over the net on a set to score the winning point.

A kill by Flory, a hitting error by Riverside and a combination block by Flory and Constantin got UHS off to a fast start in the third set. Carolyn Coulter and Terriel Ross teamed on a block that closed the contest — and the tournament — out.

BRUSLY INVITATIONAL: Host Brusly defeated St. John 2-0 to win its own tournament Saturday night at BHS. The Panthers won by scores of 25-19, 28-26.

Chloe Richard had nine kills and 12 digs for the Panthers. Claire Daigle contributed 27 assists and nine digs. Caitlyn Williams and Shelby Willis each had five kills.

Carlee Smith (eight digs), Alex Carbo (seven digs), Payton Passantino (four kills, five digs) and Victoria Weaver (five kills) led St. John.

EPISCOPAL INVITATIONAL: St. Joseph’s Academy defeated Lafayette 2-0, winning by scores of 25-9, 25-12 to sweep through the Gold Division that included pool-play champions Saturday at Episcopal.

SJA also beat second-place St. Michael 2-0, by scores of 25-15 and 25-20. The Dunham School won the Silver Division and placed fourth overall. The Redstickers’ Parker Harrell was voted the tourney MVP.

Swimming

Episcopal was a double winner during Saturday’s Capital City Swim League meets at the Crawfish Aquatics Pool.

The Knights won the boys (316 points) and girls (562 points) titles at the second meeting held Saturday. Catholic finished with 624 points to win the boys title at the morning meet, while East Ascension (388) claimed the girls crown.

Runnels’ Jordyn Miller (200-yard freestyle, 2:17.49; 100 butterfly, 1:09.43), Dunham’s Olivia Huffman (200 individual medley, 2:30.67; 100 backstroke, 1:06.63) and Denham Springs’ Drew Norgess (50 freestyle, 27.95; 100 freestyle 1:03.20) were girls double winners in the morning meet. East Ascension’s Mason Hutchinson (100 butterfly, 54.95; 200 freestyle, 1:48.57) was the only boys double winner.

Double winners Bailey Stevens (200 free, 2:09.71; 500 free, 5:38.79) and Chanler Turnley (50 free, 25.89; 100 breaststroke, 1:12.52) led the Episcopal girls. Baton Rouge High’s Jerry Ye (50 free, 24.05; 100 backstroke, 1:00.83) was a boys double winner.