It’s almost one month to the day Comeaux was swept in straight sets by Barbe, moving the Lady Bucs into the driver’s seat for the Division I, District 1 championship and placing the Lady Spartans on the outside looking in.
Although the loss to the Lady Bucs came in the first round of district play, Comeaux was hoping someone could defeat Barbe and give them another shot.
The Lady Spartans got their wish last week when Lafayette High upset the Lady Bucs to give them their first district loss of the season. So when Comeaux travels to Lake Charles at 5 p.m. today to face Barbe it will likely determine the district title.
“Winning this match would certainly be a huge step toward winning the district championship,” Lady Spartans head coach Erin Belsom said. “Lafayette High beating Barbe was really big for us and I told the girls that our destiny is in our hands. We control everything and if we win out then the district championship.”
Comeaux (14-9, 8-1) believe its much better prepared to face Barbe.
“We didn’t play well the first time we played against Barbe,” Belsom said. “That’s not to make excuses or anything, because we lost. But we didn’t play well. We didn’t have a lot of intensity in that match. Defensively we weren’t working as a team and we weren’t very good in our serve receive. Our first touch wasn’t very good and defensively we didn’t get our feet to the ball.”
The struggles on serve- receive by the Lady Spartans against the Lady Bucs was very surprising.
“I expected us to come out very high and very intense,” Belsom said. “But I guess it was just one of those days where we didn’t come together. It was just one of those matches where everyone had an off game on the same day.”
The Lady Spartans, who are led by Hali Williams and Kiley Belsom, made some changes to their lineup that included moving Madie Comeaux and Kayla Trahan to the middle.
“Barbe’s middles are their go-to-hitters,” Belsom said. “They have a good ball control, but the key for us is going out and playing with intensity and keeping the pressure on them. We have to do a better job of hitting smarter and not necessarily hitting harder.”
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