Volleyball: Country Day overcomes slow start to win at Destrehan; Patrick Taylor wins

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Area Prep Volleyball Report for Tuesday, Sept. 21

Country Day has been the most dominant volleyball program in its class in Louisiana over the last decade.

The Cajuns have won five straight Division V state championships and 11 of the last 12 titles in that classification.

Though Country Day had to replace some key players who graduated from the 2020 state championship squad, the Cajuns are poised to continue their streak in 2021.

Country Day went on the road and defeated Destrehan 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18, Monday, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the young season.

The Cajuns overcame a slow start to post the win.

Nia Washington had 13 kills and 12 digs while Ellie Schneider had 13 kills and six blocks to lead the Cajun attack. Emma Launey had 21 assists and Maggie Schneider dished up 17 assists. Evelyn Rivas served four aces for Country Day.

Riley Boyne topped Destrehan with 21 kills, Skylar Defrisco finished with 14 assists and Chloe Schexnayder contributed 17 digs for the Wildcats.

“Before Ida, we had a few minor injuries and were missing some key people so we are really trying to find ourselves,” Country Day coach Julie Ibieta said. “I was pleased with our effort. We came out a little slow but got into rhythm. We just need game time. Nia and Ellie and Ellison Vosbein are our experienced players and will have a great year.”

Can the Cajuns reach the lofty level established over the last 12 years?

“Aside from our veteran players, the rest of the group are young and trying to figure it out,” Ibieta said. “I feel like we have talent and potential. We just need experience.”

Country Day (2-1) is back at it this afternoon, hosting Ursuline Academy at 4:30 p.m. while Destrehan (4-1) is scheduled to host Central Lafourche Thursday.

“We have a tough schedule ahead of us but it will get us ready for later in the season,” Ibieta said.

Patrick Taylor finally got to open its season and did so successfully, winning at Crescent City Christian 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.

Kadence Cannon led the attack with six kills, 16 assists and five aces while Mackenzie DeFatta had seven kills.

The Tigers (1-0) host East Jefferson today at 5 p.m. while the Pioneers (1-1) host Ridgewood today at 4:30 p.m.

Area Prep Volleyball Results from Monday, Sept. 20

Academy of Our Lady over Ellender 25-8, 25-7, 25-8

Archbishop Chapelle 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 over St. Martin’s Episcopal

Christ Episcopal over Franklinton 25-15, 25-8, 25-19

Country Day over Destrehan 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18

Northeast over Amite 25-23, 25-22, 25-19

Patrick Taylor over Crescent City Christian 25-18, 25-20, 25-22

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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