MORGAN CITY — Pink dominated the stands and Central Catholic dominated on the court in its 3-0 (25-12, 25-4, 25-10) district victory against Houma Christian Tuesday.
While the main affair was the district varsity volleyball contest, Central Catholic held other activities throughout the afternoon around the freshman, junior varsity and varsity contests such as door prizes, performances by the CC Spirit, the Central Catholic varsity cheerleaders and the schools’ Eaglettes.
Prior to the varsity game, the game’s honoree, Janice Connoly Picard, was recognized (although she could not be present). Picard, who has traveled from Lake Charles the past four years to help with the CCHS Eaglettes, was diagnosed with breast cancer, according to CCHS faculty member Kristin Miller. Miller said Picard could not attend the game because she is preparing for her first batch of radiation to fight the breast cancer.
A pink and white volleyball signed by the CCHS volleyball team was presented to Picard’s good friend, Diane Bonnaffee, for Picard.
While CCHS coach Kindra Halverson did not know how much money was raised from the school’s various fundraisers, including a T-shirt sale in which more than 300 were sold, will go to help pay for Picard’s treatment.
“We raised a ton of money,” Halverson said, although she wasn’t sure how much. “The kids really got into it. We had some great parent volunteers, a lot of good sponsorships so everybody was really supportive. A ton of fans came out.”
Halverson said it was a good thing to help someone out who has given their time for Central Catholic.
Also prior to the varsity contest, CCHS graduate and survivor Jolene “Mimi” Holt served the game’s official serve.
After all of the recognitions, though, came the game, which CCHS dominated.
CCHS jumped out to as much as a 20-5 lead in the first game, dominating the game with its net play and serving.
The large lead allowed Halverson to insert plenty of reserves to get valuable experience.
Trailing 20-5, Houma Christian finally broke a string of 12 consecutive CCHS points on a CCHS hitting error out of bounds.
While Houma Christian was able to reach double digits with the CCHS reserves in, the visitors never were able to inch closer than nine points.
Central Catholic closed the game on a Bridgette Swan ace.
“I’m very pleased with the subs,” Halverson said. “I’m glad everybody got a chance to play, especially with an atmosphere like this. There were a lot of people here, so it was good that they got a chance to see the court too.”
CCHS took control early in games’ two and three on its way to victories in both games.
Brie Hill recorded three kills, three aces, three digs, three solo blocks and a block assist for CCHS, while Meo Knight added five kills, six digs and a solo block.
Other top CCHS contributors included Gee Garrett, three kills, an ace, two digs and a solo block; Maria Templet, one kill, four aces and two digs; Maddie Conrad, one kill, eight assists and two aces; Amanda Barron, four kills and an assist; Caroline Byrne, 10 assists, an ace and a dig; Swan, four kills and an ace; and Celine Flores, three aces and two digs.
Central Catholic will return to action today when it travels to West St. John for a district contest. Junior varsity play will begin at 5 p.m., followed by varsity at 6 p.m.