The Teurlings Catholic Lady Rebels have felt all season this was their year to take its volleyball program to the next level of success, by winning the school’s first-ever state championship.
Although it’s been quite a journey for the Lady Rebels up to this point as they’ve been forced to overcome more than their share of injuries, head coach Terry Hebert and his team’s quest for a state title begins at 1:30 p.m. today on Court 1 against Vandebilt Catholic in the state tournament at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
“I definitely think we’re ready,” Hebert said. “I find that our kids are extremely focused right now and I believe they have something to prove. I feel they have to prove something to themselves.”
Feeling the need to “prove something” appears to be a direct result of a midseason struggle rough patch that led the Lady Rebels losing a couple of matches, they wish they had back.
“In the beginning of the year, we were playing really well and everything was flowing well for us,” Hebert said. “But then we hit a spurt where we had some injuries and then dropped some matches that we shouldn’t have dropped. I think it was at that moment that our kids began to question whether they could be the team they thought they could be.”
After coming to a quick conclusion that they could, the Lady Rebels have been flying high ever since and Hebert believes they are right where they need to be going into their quarterfinals match.
“I think it was a good thing for them to question themselves, because it shows me that they haven’t settled,” Hebert said. “It showed me that weren’t going to settle for the level that they were playing at.
“This team is set on not having regrets after this weekend. I’ve seen them question themselves, but never settle because they know how good they can be.”
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