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Conaway optimistic about Lady Pelicans

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The Port Allen volleyball team could venture into long-unchartered territory, provided the Lady Pelicans cross a few before the end of the season.

The Lady Pelicans (7-8) stand a chance to win their first district championship since 1995.



It would take victories in the remaining games of the season. Port Allen’s depth and confidence this season makes head coach Wayne Conaway believe his team has a solid chance.

“We explained to the girls everything, broke it down and told them what’s ahead of them,” he said. “I told them if they play to capabilities, we have a chance to win district and win fifteen or more games, which is very important for power ratings.”

Eight regular season games remain for Port Allen. Among those contests are two with Northeast, Capitol and Christian Life.

“Every game is important,” Conaway said.

A tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Dunham could boost PAHS before playoffs begin.
 
“That could really help us with the power ratings,” Conaway said. “If everything works right and we win district outright, we’d get a playoff game at home and we wouldn’t have to face a top team in the first round.”

Teams such as St. John, John Curtis and University High rank among the top teams Port Allen has faced this season, he said.

Conaway believes the Lady Pels have every opportunity to move to a higher level.

“This is the most talented team I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I tell them we’re here to win, not lose.

“We have a really good team and we can play better, so we stay on them a lot, but it’s for their own good,” Conaway said.

Port Allen got off to a good start with a 3-0 win over Redemptorist in the district opener.

The Lady Pelicans won on sets of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-16.
 
Port Allen pulled ahead in the first set after trailing 24-20. Dominique Williams had six consecutive serves for the win.
 
Rhecie Lee had 10 digs, four kills and five assists. Gabbie Thomas finished with 14 digs.

PAHS also posted a 3-0 win over Baker.  The Lady Pels won off sets of 25-11, 25-19 and 25-14.
 
Lee led with 11 assists, five digs and five kills. Thomas posted seven digs and six kills.

The Lady Pelicans fell 3-2 to Belaire in non-district fare.

Lee had nine digs, 13 blocks and eight assists. Thomas had 14 digs.

Port Allen visits Northeast on Oct. 9 and Christian Life Oct. 11.

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