MCHS will meet Evangel Christian

The Morgan City Lady Tigers, from left, Layne Reynaud, Taylor Prince, Marilynn Bailey and Savannah Loupe celebrate following a point in earlier season action. The Lady Tigers will begin Division 3 postseason play Thursday when they host Evangel Christian in a 5 p.m. contest. (Photo credit: Geoff Stoute)

Right now we’re just focusing on fine tuning and going over the basics.
By GEOFF STOUTE, gstoute@daily-review.com

 

The Morgan City Lady Tigers will host Evangel Christian Academy Thursday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Division 3 prep volleyball playoffs.
Morgan City enters the postseason as the No. 16 seed, while Evangel Christian is the No. 17 seed.
    The Lady Tigers’ head coach, Christy Theriot, said it doesn’t really matter who the Lady Tigers’ opponent is, it depends on how her squad performs.
“Right now we’re just focusing on fine tuning and going over the basics,” Theriot said
From talking with others, Theriot said she has learned that Evangel has a small squad.
“I guess if you can get in their head and kind of mess with them, they don’t have any options, but it really all depends on us,” she said. “We got to cut down on unforced errors, we got to play better defense, we got to do something with the ball. That’s our focus.”
While the Lady Tigers have experience, they have struggled this year as they enter the postseason with a 12-25 mark.
However, the Lady Tigers have played some of Division 3’s best competition in district play in E.D. White and Lutcher, who both finished ahead of them as well as Berwick.
“Hopefully we’ve learned from those experiences. … We’ve played a lot of the top eight teams in other divisions also,” she said. “We just got to take that experience and take something out of it instead of keep making the same mistakes.”
While the Lady Tigers have been led offensively by the play of Jaiveianna Jones and Brandi Ingram as well as setter Layne Reynaud, the Lady Tigers’ defense has been stellar at times as they have had multiple games with high dig totals.
 “They’re very scrappy when they want to be,” Theriot said of her defense. “I find sometimes we don’t do the simple things, those basic mechanical things that should be done right every time. It’s unforced errors. We’re scrappy and pull up some things out of nowhere and turn around and miss a serve. It’s like we make a great play and then we deflate again by making unforced errors.”
The Lady Tigers are led defensively by Savannah Loupe, Taylor Prince and Marilynn Bailey.,” Theriot said
From talking with others, Theriot said she has learned that Evangel has a small squad.
“I guess if you can get in their head and kind of mess with them, they don’t have any options, but it really all depends on us,” she said. “We got to cut down on unforced errors, we got to play better defense, we got to do something with the ball. That’s our focus.”
While the Lady Tigers have experience, they have struggled this year as they enter the postseason with a 12-25 mark.
However, the Lady Tigers have played some of Division 3’s best competition in district play in E.D. White and Lutcher, who both finished ahead of them as well as Berwick.
“Hopefully we’ve learned from those experiences. … We’ve played a lot of the top eight teams in other divisions also,” she said. “We just got to take that experience and take something out of it instead of keep making the same mistakes.”
While the Lady Tigers have been led offensively by the play of Jaiveianna Jones and Brandi Ingram as well as setter Layne Reynaud, the Lady Tigers’ defense has been stellar at times as they have had multiple games with high dig totals.
 “They’re very scrappy when they want to be,” Theriot said of her defense. “I find sometimes we don’t do the simple things, those basic mechanical things that should be done right every time. It’s unforced errors. We’re scrappy and pull up some things out of nowhere and turn around and miss a serve. It’s like we make a great play and then we deflate again by making unforced errors.”
The Lady Tigers are led defensively by Savannah Loupe, Taylor Prince and Marilynn Bailey.

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