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Last Modified: Monday, November 04, 2013 8:40 PM
The volleyball state playoff brackets were released on Monday and included seven teams in the top three divisions from Southwest Louisiana.
Three of those seven squad were lucky enough to draw first-round byes.
In Division II, Sam Houston (22-11) ran the table in District 1 to grab the No. 7 seed and a bye. The seventh seed is their highest playoff spot since their No. 1 in 2008 when they reached the state championship game. This is the first bye they have earned since then.
“We are really excited about getting back into the top eight and being able to get that first-round bye,” said Sam Houston head coach René Fontenot. “The girls are finally starting to see the end result of putting in all of those extra hours in practice and workouts.”
Led by Carleigh Chaumont, Kennedy McLemore and Sam Trahan, Sam Houston has turned a young team into a potential contender.
“It has been necessary (to field a young team) from the start of the season and through various innjuries. At times we have had four freshmen and one sophomore on the court all at once,” Fontenot said. “Our upperclassmen have done a good job of mentoring them and including them.
“I knew when this freshmen class came in that it was one of the strongest that I had ever seen. These girls are highly talented.”
The Lady Broncos will face the winner of No. 10 Assumption and No. 23 West Jefferson in the regional round.
In Division III the Iota Lady Bulldogs (31-8) picked up the highest seed among area teams at No. 5 and will await the winner of No. 12 North Vermilion and No. 21 Lake Area New Tech in the regional round.
Also picking up a bye in Division III were the St. Louis Saints (23-9), who sit at No. 6 and will await the winner of No. 11 Berwick and No. 22 West Feliciana.
“Since they started giving first-round byes to the top eight playoff teams it has always been a goal for us and we have been fortunate enough to be able to accomplish it every year,” said St. Louis head coach Luke Pousson. “It says a lot because we have gone through a lot this season and we were still able to get a top-eight seed and have a good shot in the playoffs.”
The Saints dominated district competition en route to their high seed thanks to consistent performances from Annaleigh Drost, Da’Sha Pitre, Frances Thompson and Shannon Dalton.
“We have a pretty tough run to go through to make it far in the playoffs and the girls understand that if we are going to accomplish something special, we are going to have to do something special to get there,” said Pousson. “The girls are going to be up for every challenge, and they know it is going to be tough, but we have already risen to some pretty tough challenges this year.”
Four other area squad qualified for the playoffs, two hosting first round games and two traveling for them.
The Barbe Lady Bucs (26-8) are seeded No. 10 and will host No. 23 Hahnville in Division I, while No. 9 Westlake (23-7) barely missed out on a bye and will play host to No. 24 Mansfield in Division III.
Going on the road to start the playoffs will be No. 18 Leesville (16-15) in Division II. The Wampus Cats will travel to No. 15 Academy of Our Lady, while No.19 DeQuincy (16-13) in Division III who travel to face No. 14 De La Salle.
No. 1 St. Joseph’s, bye
No. 2 Mt. Carmel, bye
No. 3 Chapelle, bye
No. 4 East Acension, bye
No. 5 St. Amant, bye
No. 6 H.L. Bourgeois, bye
No. 7 Comeaux, bye
No. 8 Dominican, bye
No. 9 Fontainebleu vs. No. 24 Chalmette
No. 10 Barbe vs. No. 23 Hahnville
No.11 Destrehan vs. No. 22 New Iberia
No. 12 Northshore vs. No. 21 Acadiana
No. 13 Dutchtown vs. No. 20 Central LaFourche
No. 14 Zachary vs. No. 19 Lafayette
No. 15 Mandeville vs. No. 18 Ponchatoula
No. 16 Terrebonne vs. No. 17 McKinley
No. 1 St. Thomas More, bye
No. 2 Lakeshore, bye
No. 3 Breaux Bridge, bye
No. 4 Ben Franklin, bye
No. 5 St. Scholastica, bye
No. 6 Vandebilt Catholic, bye
No. 7 Sam Houston, bye
No. 8 South Terrebonne, bye
No. 9 Cabrini vs. No. 24 Salmen
No. 10 Assumption vs. No. 23 West Jefferson
No. 11 St. Michael vs. No. 22 East Jefferson
No. 12 Belle Chasse vs. No. 21 Broadmoor
No. 13 Central (BR) vs. No. 20 Carencro
No. 14 Cecilia vs. No. 19 Plaquemine
No. 15 Our Lady vs. No. 18 Leesville
No. 16 Live Oak vs. No. 17 St. Martinville
No. 1 Teurlings Catholic, bye
No. 2 E.D. White, bye
No. 3 Ursuline, bye
No. 4 Lutcher, bye
No. 5 Iota, bye
No. 6 St. Louis, bye
No. 7 Brusly, bye
No. 8 Rayne, bye
No. 9 Westlake vs. No. 24 Mansfield
No. 10 Parkview Baptist vs. No. 23 Loranger
No. 11 Berwick vs. No. 22 West Feliciana
No. 12 North Vermilion vs. No. 21 LA New Tech
No. 13 Northside vs. No. 20 Springfield
No. 14 De La Salle vs. No. 19 DeQuincy
No. 15 Lusher Charter vs. No. 18 Thomas Jefferson
No. 16 Morgan City vs. No. 17 Evangel Christian
No. 1 Notre Dame, bye
No. 2 Newman, bye
No. 3 University Lab, bye
No. 4 Riverside Academy, bye
No. 5 Pope John Paul II, bye
No. 6 Louise McGehee, bye
No. 7 John Curtis, bye
No. 8 Sacred Heart (NO), bye
No. 9 Northlake Christian vs. No. 24 Sophie B. Wright
No. 10 Hannan vs. No. 23 Cohen
No. 11 Catholic (NI) vs. No. 22 Northeast
No. 12 Episcopal (BR) vs. No. 21 Delcambre
No. 13 St. Thomas Aquinas vs. No. 20 Port Allen
No. 14 Fisher vs. No. 19 West St. Mary
No. 15 Haynes Academy vs. No 18 St. Mary’s
No. 16 Drexel vs. No. 17 St. Charles
No. 1 Country Day, bye
No. 2 Episcopal of Acadiana, bye
No. 3 Acension Episcopal, bye
No. 4 Central Catholic, bye
No. 5 Sacred Heart (GC), bye
No. 6 St. John, bye
No. 7 Acension Christian, bye
No. 8 Dunham, bye
No. 9 Catholic (PC) vs. No. 24 Lafayette Christian
No. 10 Ascension Catholic vs. No. 23 South Plaquemines
No. 11 St. Martin’s vs. No. 22 Hosanna Christian
No. 12 First Baptist Christian vs. No. 21 Crescent City
No. 13 Northside Christian vs. No. 20 Westminster
No. 14 West St. John vs. No. 19 Patrick Taylor Sci./Tech
No. 15. White Castle vs. No. 18 Runnels
No. 16 Houma Christian vs. No. 17 Ecole Classique