ACHS volleyball setting up for big season

ACHS volleyball won its season opener against Central Catholic of Morgan City last week.

After being bumped out of the post season two years in a row by the same rival team, it doesn’t take much to fire up the Ascension Catholic volleyball team. Now with a young team in 2014 that has only two seniors, head coach Chandra Ewen believes the team is in a good spot to get over the hump.

On Sept. 2 the Lady Bulldogs opened up its season at home against Central Catholic of Morgan City. They swept the series in three sets winning 25-18, 25-9, 25-16.

In all of the Lady Bulldogs’ jamboree games and scrimmages, Ewen said the team definitely had more errors than kills. Against Central Catholic  that was not the case.

“I’m proud of the way they came out,” Ewen said. “I knew they had a solid team and would challenge us in the short court which is where we have problems, so I was just proud of the way we responded.”

ACHS was led by junior Rae’Shaun Malancon with 17 kills and only three errors, while junior Michayla Spano set up 26 assists.

“Rae’Shaun is definitely developing since last year,” Ewen said.  “She wasn’t sure what to do last year, but she obviously is hitting the ball now and rather well. Michayla, I don’t know if I can ask for more accurate sets, she’s phenomenal.”

Ewen says the Lady Bulldogs have a lot to work on but she’s not upset at where they are starting by any means.

“Overall, I’m pleased.”

ACHS had its annual sleepover the Saturday night before the game and Ewen said the team set its goals and “we really feel we should compete better in district than we did last year.”

“I loved my team last year but we have a group this year that want to win and they want to work together and our basic goals is to stay focused with whatever we threw at ourselves,” Ewen said.

“We look to make a deep run into the playoffs.”