For any Fontenots associated with Patterson High School volleyball, Thursday was a good day.
First-year PHS coach Chasity Fontenot recorded her first win of the season and of her career, a 3-1 victory against Beau Chene (25-7, 25-18, 21-25, 25-10).
The head coach’s younger sister, Carissa Fontenot, had a banner day as she recorded nine aces, many of those in game one when she served the first 18 points to stake the Lumberjills out to an 18-0 lead.
Carissa Fontenot’s twin sister, Caitlyn Fontenot, led the ’Jills at the net with seven kills in the victory.
Chasity Fontenot liked her squad’s performance better than the season opening loss to Morgan City Tuesday.
“They came ready to play,” she said. “They were confident. Our last game wasn’t what I expected from them. We’re a good team. We’re going to be really good if they play up to my expectations, and I think they need to learn that they’re that good, if we play how we can play.”
Carissa Fontenot set the tone in the first game with multiple aces as the ’Jills jumped out to an 18-0 lead.
She said she has never served that many points in a row.
“It felt good (to do it) though,” she said.
Fontenot’s serve finally was broken by a kill by Beau Chene’s Alexa Guilliot.
While Beau Chene (0-2) put up seven points in the game, the ’Jills (1-1) still comfortably closed out the game with a 25-7 victory, fittingly on an ace.
In game 2, Patterson finally broke away late with a 6-3 run to close the game. The match ended when Beau Chene’s Katelyn Hukins hit a ball out of bounds for the final point.
In an error-filled game three, Beau Chene was able to take advantage of multiple Patterson miscues.
After taking a 12-11 lead on a Patterson hitting error, Beau Chene never trailed the rest of the way, extending its lead to as much as an 18-12 advantage on a Patterson error.
While Patterson rallied to trim the lead to 23-21 on a Kailyn Johnson kill, Beau Chene closed out the game for the victory.
In game 4, Patterson never trailed on its way to the easy win.
Beau Chene coach Jenny Clay said her squad is only playing its second game as it didn’t play its scrimmage and its first game was cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac.
“This is only our second game of the season so we’re trying to work out some lineup issues and things like that,” she said. “I think we’re going to be alright.”
In addition to her aces, Carissa Fontenot served 12 points and recorded two kills, while in addition to her kills, Caitlyn Fontenot served five points and recorded two aces and two digs.
Other PHS contributors included Johnson, three points, three aces, one dig and five kills; Rachel Easley, eight points, two aces, one dig and four kills; Rebecca Taylor, six points, three aces, two digs and two kills; and Courtnie Boudreaux, one point, one ace, one block and four kills.
In junior varsity action, Patterson also defeated Beau Chene 2-1 (25-19, 22-25, 15-10).
The Lumberjills return to action Monday with a matchup against Thibodaux on the road with junior varsity set for a 4 p.m. start followed by varsity.