St. John falls to Lady Blue Gators in state tourney

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
St. John's Victoria Weaver delivers a kill against St. Martin's Episcopal earlier in the season. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

KENNER - St. John the Evangelist High School fell to Ascension Episcopal 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 on Thursday morning in the Division V quarterfinals at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Tournament in the Pontchartrain Center.

It marked the third straight year the Lady Eagles (30-14) have advanced to the quarterfinals and state tourney under coach Chase Mancuso. The Lady Blue Gator fell to Episcopal of Acadiana in the semifinals and Metairie Park - Country Day won the state title.

"We had very high expectations this season and it is a tremendous accomplishment for our program," Mancuso said. "I knew going into this season that we needed to fill some voids and as the season progressed we did. Anytime you lose four starters and can still maintain a very high level of play, it is a tribute to the program and the hard work of our players. We are not satisfied with being just okay. The accomplishments are truly a reflection of their commitment and hard work."

"We were disappointed in the way we played. It is a totally different atmosphere in that building. There are three huge games going on, tons of fans screaming the whole time and whistles blowing everywhere. It is crazy and something that's hard to prepare for but we have to be able to handle those situations. The girls fought the entire game but when it's not going your way it's hard to keep the momentum and stay positive."

Keri Yarbrough and Victoria Weaver each had six kills for St. John. Payton Passantino added five and Claire Pearce had 17 assists. Alex Carbo contributed seven digs and Carlee Smith had six.