Dunham Holds Off Ascension Catholic, Advances to Quarterfinals
by Charles Salzer, The Advocate
At playoff time, team records and seeding numbers don’t always tell the whole story. That was the case Thursday evening when Ascension Catholic took on Dunham in a Division V regional-round volleyball match.
Fifth-seeded Dunham found itself fighting for every point before rallying past No. 12 Ascension Catholic 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-17).
Dunham (34-6) moves to the quarterfinals for the second time in three years. (Note: The Lady Tigers will play No. 4 Lafayette Christian on Thursday, November 8 at 12:40 p.m. in the Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, LA)
“(Ascension Catholic) gave us everything they wanted to and more. We couldn’t put the ball away,” Dunham coach Donna Pixley said. “They covered well, they blocked us. They were gritty.”
...Ascension Catholic (17-17) threw a scare into Dunham. After the Bulldogs won the first set, the second set was tied at 21-21. Hannah Pixley, Taylor Hurst and Janai Stevens had kills as Dunham won four of the next five points to even the match.
...Hannah Pixley, who recorded her 1,000th career dig in the second game, finished with 21 kills and 25 digs to lead Dunham. Stevens tallied 12 kills, five blocks and 13 digs, and Hurst added six kills and 25 assists.
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