The Brusly Lady Panthers volleyball team are not only district champions for the third year in a row, they are bound for the state championship bound once again.
Brusly earned their ticket the the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner for the 2017 Louisiana High School Athletic Associaiton State Championship by beating the No. 6-ranked Lutcher High School Bulldogs in a four-set game, 25-20, 4-25, 25-22, and 25-23.
“We came out strong, and our will to win was there the moment we stepped off the bus,” Brusly head coach Kayla Sarradet said.
After winning the first set by five points, the Lady Panthers (27-13, 8-0 in district) seemed to have a melt down where nothing could go right for them. Sarradet brought the girls together at the end of the set and told them to make that game a wash and move on.
“The second game we had a mental lapse. We weren’t as focused,” Sarradet said. “I took the starters out to give them a break and to regroup.”
The next two sets were business as usual for Brusly – two sets that Sarradet said her defense “was the best it had ever been.”
Junior Mallary Thibodeaux had 14 kills, two blocks, two digs and eoght assists.
Sophomore Emily Hemba put up four kills, one ace, two blocks, six digs and 14 assists.
Senior Ariana Cipriano added six kills and eight digs.
The Brusly girls will face the No. 3 team in their division, Parkview Baptist (34-7-1, 7-1 in district).
Sarradet said that although Parkview will be a tough team to beat, she thinks her team has what it takes to beat them.
“When you get to the Pontchartrain Center, the atmosphere gets your adrenaline pumping,” Sarradet said. “If we play our best game, we will come out on top. This is it, everything we have worked towards all season is about to pay off.”