WATSON — Live Oak stayed on a roll Monday night with a victory over visiting Denham Springs.
The Lady Jackets kept things close in all three sets played, but strong net play from Live Oak senior Brennen Parker led the way to the Lady Eagles’ sixth consecutive victory.
“The girls are excited. They’re getting in a groove with things,” LOHS coach Madison Vige said. “They’re getting used to playing with each other, getting used to having each other’s backs and working hard at practice.”
Parker finished with 10 kills and four service aces in the win. Sophomore Olivia Betz finished with 11 kills and an ace while senior Kelsey Miller tallied 12 kills.
“It’s exciting,” Parker said. “I think we had more energy than the past few games that we’ve played. My coaches and parents were telling me to just be aggressive and go hit everything, adjust to all the sets. I did that and it worked out great.”
Live Oak opened the first set with a 9-1 run, thanks to multiple kills from Parker and three aces from senior Abby Etheridge. The Lady Jackets responded to cut the lead to 16-13 before the Lady Eagles pulled away once more to take the set 25-17.
The two teams traded points early in the second set until consecutive aces by senior Kendall Theriot helped push Live Oak ahead 15-8. Denham Springs again closed the margin, this time to 17-13, but Parker, Miller, and Betz scored Live Oak’s final eight points and give the Lady Eagles another set by a score of 25-17.
The Lady Jackets opened the third set with three straight points. The Lady Eagles quickly evened the score and the two teams stayed deadlocked through the rest of the set. A big block from Parker and a well-placed attack by Theriot allowed Live Oak to squeak out a 25-23 win in the set to give them the match.
For Denham Springs, junior Hannah Guidry led scoring with six kills followed by senior Marisa Calvaruso with five.
“I think my two hitters had a really good night,” DSHS coach Pam Dubuy said. “They hit well and had a few good blocks in there.”
The Lady Jackets may have fallen short in the match, but are a step closer towards getting back into the rhythm of the season.
“Right now, I think our girls are a little worn down by everything and the routine of being back in school,” Dubuy said. “We’re just going to get back to work this week now that we have the chance.”