St. John Lady Eagles have kick started their season into high gear after a strong performance at the annual volleyball jamboree hosted by neighboring rival Brusly High on Tuesday.

The jamboree featured four pools and sixteen volleyball squads.  The Lady Eagles compete in pool C against Brusly, Catholic P.C and McKinley.

The Lady Eagles won two of their three one-set matchups.  They opened with a 25-17 victory over the host team Lady Panthers, then earned their second win (25-20) over McKinley before closing out the jamboree with a narrow loss (23-25) to Catholic P.C.

“I think we did very well,” first year head coach Caitlin Hester said.  “The jamboree helped us to realize a couple of areas we need to tighten up on defensively, but I am very proud of the girls and the intensity they kept up all night.

“Being able to see good competition like we did will only prepare us more for the season and to start working on the areas we need to improve on early on.  We still have some work to do, but I’m very excited for what our team will do this year.”

Standouts for coach Hester included her five seniors, led by the big three: Robbi Seneca, Carolyne Glaser and Grace Robichaux.  Hannah Hargrove and Sarah Caballero will also assist in the team’s success this season.

“All five of them will play a big part in this season and I fully expect each of them to have their share of big moments throughout the season.”

The volleyball program at St. John has been one of the more successful programs in the parish.  Since 2008, the teams has earned a postseason bid.  From 2011-2013, the Lady Eagle program has earned entry into the quarterfinals of the Division V bracket.  In 2014, they reached the semi-finals, regionals in 2015 and quarterfinals in 2016.

Look for the Lady Eagles to continue this postseason streak as they return stronger than ever.

The Lady Eagles will begin their regular season campaign on August 29 on the road at Woodlawn B.R. and district play opens Sept. 14 when they travel to Ascension Christian. 

Editor’s note: I’m deeply saddened that I will not be able to witness what I believe will be a fantastic season for the St. John Lady Eagles this year.  I’ve not only become the team’s reporter, I’ve become a fan.  Best of luck this year, Lady Eagles!