All around effort: Lady Eagles claim victory over ACHS in Pink Game

St. John's Emily Delahaye defends the net against an attack from Ascension Catholic's Jeanne Zeringue in the fourth game of the Lady Eagles' 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17 District 3-V victory on Monday evening. 
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PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist High School continued to dominate the front line with another balanced attack to claim a 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17 District 3-V victory over blood rival Ascension Catholic in thier Annual Pink Game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday evening.

The Lady Eagles (22-10, 5-0), under coach Chase Mancuso, remain in sole possession of first place in district standings at the start of the second round of league play and the victory marked the sixth straight for the St. John in the series.

"We put a lot of emphasis on this game," Mancuso said. "The rivalry has been going on for a long time and they have always dominated so for us to beat them soundly means a lot. We know it will probably come down between them and us in this district every year and that is a goal of ours.

"We have putting emphasis on attacking the ball but it starts with passing from the back row to our hitters. There are not a lot of teams with the power that we have, so we feel like if we can pound the ball at them, we have five girls up front that can put it away and it is hard to stop all five of them when they are on. I thought it was an all around effort and everybody did a good job tonight."

Victoria Weaver led the attack with 15 kills and three aces. Keri Yarbrough added 11 kills and three aces, while Payton Passantino provided nine kills.

Claire Pearce had 35 assists and 16 digs, Emily Delahaye added five kills and two blocks and Carlee Smith had nine digs.

The Lady Eagles also competed in the Think Pink Volleyball Festival this weekend. St. John opened the tournament with a 24-26, 25-21, 15-8 victory over Lakeshore before falling to Central Catholic 25-16, 25-12 on Friday.

St. John defeated Lafayette Christian 25-13, 25-11 and Lakeshore 25-23, 15-25, 15-13 on Saturday before falling to Central Catholic 25-16, 25-17 in the semifinals.

Weaver and Passantino each had nine kills in the first game with Lakeshore, while Pearce provided 21 assists and Smith had 13 digs.

Passantino had five kills against Lafayette, Pearce 12 assists and Kaycee Keller three kills.

Weaver had 11 kills, while Passantino added eight and Keller four in the second game with Lakeshore. Pearce had 26 assists, Smith 13 digs and Alex Carbo 12.

Passantino had four kills the second time around with Central Catholic, while Yarbrough had three and Kyndal Guillory two.