Lady Eagles wrap up district title over WCHS

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
St. John's Payton Passantino attacks the net against White Castle earlier in the season. Passantino had eight kills in the Lady Eagles' 25-14, 25-15, 27-25 District 3-V championship clinching sweep on Tuesday night. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist High School wrapped up the District 3-V championship with a 25-14, 25-15, 27-25 sweep of White Castle on Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles (25-12, 8-1) also defeated Pointe Coupee Central 25-4, 25-4, 25-3 and 25-6, 25-12, 25-10 on Monday. St. John hosts False River Academy Monday to wrap up district play before traveling to Plaquemine Tuesday and hosting Live Oak Wednesday.

"We played with the attitude that we weren't going to make it close," Mancuso said. "We didn't want to give them an opportunity. We've worked extremely hard to keep the championship at St. John and will continue to do so but this isn't our only goal for the season.

"We have our eyes set on bigger and better things and want to make a run in the state tournament. I am extremely proud where we have taken this program and these girls have bought in to what we are trying to accomplish. It is truly a credit to their work ethic, desire and commitment. I can't say enough about how much their dedication and determination mean to the school and me."

Victoria Weaver led the Lady Eagles with 14 kills. Keri Yarbrough added eight kills, two blocks and two aces and Payton Passantino had eight kills.

Claire Pearce provided 24 assists, four aces and six digs and Alex Carbo added seven digs and two aces.

White Castle (14-13, 5-4), under coach Tammy Pierce, also defeated False River 20-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 21-9 on Wednesday before ousting Ascension Catholic 13-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21, 20-18 on Monday. The Lady Bulldogs wrap up the season at Pointe Coupee Central on Monday.

Skylar O'Bear had five kills, six assists, 15 digs and two aces. Shylar O'Bear provided three kills, six assists and 18 digs, while Alaina Williams had six kills and five digs and Ariel Bell three kills, two blocks and five digs.

Weaver had eight kills and four aces in the first game with PCC. Delahaye added six kills and Yarbrough five kills and four aces.

Passantino had eight kills in the second game. Weaver followed with seven kills and Delahaye had six and one ace.

Skylar O'Bear had 24 kills, 12 aces and 33 digs against False River. Shylar O'Bear had 36 digs, 27 assists and four kills, while Williams had 13 kills, two blocks and nine digs and Bell had six kills, seven digs and two aces and blocks.