A loss to a familiar nemesis brought an end to one of the most successful seasons of volleyball in recent year for the Port Allen Lady Pelicans.
PAHS lost 3-0 against state powerhouse University High in the second round of post-season action on Thursday, Nov. 2.
The Lady Pelicans finished their season 21-11, one of the best records in the history of the program.
“I can’t complain at all,” coach Tara Beth Hollins said. “I had a very special group of girls who wanted to make it to the playoffs, and they played very hard, so I couldn’t ask for any more.
“They sent motivational messages to each other this morning. You don’t see any crying out here because the girls known they did their best.”
The loss came after PAHS won 3-1 in opening round action against St. Mary’s Academy at home on Halloween night.
The advancement to Round 2, in itself, represented progress for a program that had struggled in recent years.
“This is about a change of culture,” she said. “We started out with the basic fundamentals and worked our way up over the course of the season,” Hollins said. “They never quit, and they were even fighting hard in the last set tonight.
“They decided that just a trip to the playoffs was not enough,” Hollins said. “They were hungry, they fought hard and got to the second round, which was something they haven’t done very much in the past.”
Hollins cited another reason for her team’s success this season.
“They were having fun,” she said. “If you’re not enjoying what you do, you’ll never succeed.”