Lady Eagles bow out in state semifinals

KENNER — The Central Catholic volleyball team lost in the state semifinals on Friday for the second year in a row to the same team — Episcopal School of Acadiana.

ESA won 3-0 (20-25, 19-25, 19-25) and took early leads in all three games before the Lady Eagles charged back and made things interesting.

The inconsistent play was costly for CCHS, but Lady Eagles coach Kindra Halverson said her team matched up well with ESA.

“Physically, we matched up with them,” Halverson said. “We could go point for point with them. We get down in the beginning and expect ourselves to have a miraculous comeback. You can’t do that in the semifinal game. You can do that in the quarters, all the way down. You can’t do that against a good school like ESA. They’re smart, they’re good, they’re going keep on taking it to you.”

In each of the three games, the Lady Eagles would fall behind by five to eight points and would come back to tie or trail by a point or two midway through the game. ESA would stretch the lead back out to around five points or more before the Lady Eagles would come back and make it close.

“I expected a little bit more out of it today,” Halverson said. “More of a fighting type of match. I just don’t feel like we gave them our best shot today. I feel like we had a little more that we could’ve showed.”

ESA moved on to the championship game on Saturday morning and lost to Metairie Park Country Day 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-17).

Caroline Byrne led CCHS with a team-high 14 assists and three digs; Abbie Bergeron had six digs; Amanda Barron had seven digs, an ace, a block and an assist; Brienna Hill had five kills and four blocks; Caitlyn Gros had three assists and a dig; Celine Flores had two kills, three digs and an ace; Geralyn Garrett had six kills, seven blocks and a dig; Maria Templet had three digs and an ace; and Meo Knight had seven kills, three blocks and six digs.

“Overall we had a great season, I can’t complain about that — 32-9 I think it was,” Halverson said. “A lot of teams don’t get to do that. I told them not to hang their heads over it. We’ve got a lot of mental game stuff to prepare for next year.”

Sissy Cheramie is the only senior on the Lady Eagles roster, so the same group will be back for a shot at reaching the state championship game in 2012.

“She is a very consistent, good person to have on the bench. She knows a lot about the game,” Halverson said. “She keeps everyone’s spirits up. We’re going to miss her a lot.”

ESA ended the Lady Eagles season for the second straight year, but they know it could be different against the young CCHS squad.

“They’re a great team. They’re young and inexperienced,” ESA coach Julie Dawson said. “They’re going to be a threat next year. They came out and they played really hard. We were just able to shut down their two big hitters.”

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