Bulldogs volleyball can't block out East Ascension

ACHS' front row defenders try to block a return hit from East Ascension in the team's loss last week.

Going against those who are bigger than can be advantageous for a team win or lose, just ask the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs volleyball team. It welcomed the East Ascension Spartans to its courts last Tuesday and lost in three sets (27-25, 25-23, 25-14). Despite the sweep, the team was competitive enough fall short two points each in the first two matches.

“I was beyond impressed with our pursuit of the ball, especially in the first two sets,” Bulldogs head coach Chandra Ewen said. “We put a hand on everything.”

The Bulldogs, who compete in division V, took on the division I Spartans and with no surprise East Ascension had more size and strength the ACHS.Ewen said the size and strength of the Spartans “is phenomenal” and eventually it wore the smaller Bulldogs out with fatigue. Ewen said her team did not work out conditionally during the summer and it showed as the team slowed down and just couldn’t jump with East Ascension anymore.

East Ascension head coach Jamie Gilmore said ACHS is a very good team.

“They hustled their rear ends off, I hate to say it like that, but they hustled their rear ends off and was very competitive,” Gilmore said. “In the beginning we were a little shaky on serve-receive, but my team is very competitive and forced their way to a victory.”

Ewen said her team needs to know the things it did wrong, but said she is so pleased walking away from this because “it’s not at all what I would’ve expected.”

“We had many, many chances to beat a really good team in at least a game and that would’ve been really nice, but I’m really proud of where they took us tonight,” Ewen said.

Ewen added, “Just the height that we saw tonight. I mean I feel comfortable of where that will put us come district time. If this is how we’re starting the season, I’m really excited to see how we finish it.”

Perfoming well for the Bulldogs were : senior Jeanne Zeringue and sophomore Rae'Shaun Malancon led Ascension Catholic with four kills a piece.

Zeringue also provided four aces and six digs.

Senior Kaitlyn Mistretta finished with 10 kills and three digs, and junior Emily Villa added 12 assists, eight digs and one kill.

Junior Amber Blanchard had eight digs, and senior Natalie Landry and freshman Grace Villa each finished with three kills.

ACHS will travel to Ascension Christian for its first district game on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.