Ascension Catholic volleyball impressive early on

Kyle Riviere
Ascension Catholic went 2-2 in the tournament at Dutchtown. Photo by Chuck Montero.

The Ascension Catholic volleyball team is off to a great start to 2015.

After reaching the second round of the playoffs last season, the Lady Bulldogs are set to make a run for the Division-V title as they bring back veteran players in Rae'Shaun Malancon, Mikayla Spano and Grace Villa.

Ascension Catholic began the season with a near perfect 7-1 record.

This impressive opening mark was highlighted by a great win in their opener against Division-I East Ascension.

The Lady Bulldogs brought down their parish rival in a five-set thriller.

The teams split the first two sets before Ascension Catholic took the lead in a back-and-forth 27-25 third frame.

The fourth set finished with the same score, but East Ascension came away with the win--forcing the match to go to a decisive fifth set.

There, the Lady Bulldogs were able to squeeze by with a 15-11 victory.

Ascension Catholic's only losses prior to last weekend was a four-set defeat to Division-II opponent Assumption and a straight-sets loss to Division-III Berwick.

The competition certainly got tougher last week as the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Dutchtown for a tournament on Sept. 10 and 12.

Ascension Catholic began the action with great results as they won two straight matches.

Again, one of their victories came against East Ascension.

After dropping the opening set, 21-25, the Lady Bulldogs dug in and surged to the victory after winning the second and third sets by scores of 26-24 and 15-11.

That great victory was followed by a comfortable straight-sets win over Loranger.

However, Ascension Catholic did end the tournament on a disappointing note. They lost their final two matches on Saturday.

First, they dropped a tough three-setter to Division-I opponent Ponchatoula. The Lady Bulldogs took the first set before dropping the next two by scores of 22-25 and 5-15.

Finally, they lost to another Division-I team in Central--dropping the contest in straight sets.

After beating parish rival Ascension Christian in straight sets on Sept. 14, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-4 overall.