Historic season concludes for Pine volleyball

Published 10:39 am Monday, November 10, 2014

Pine’s volleyball team lost its Division IV bi-district round playoff game Thursday, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19, to Haynes Academy at Galatas Gym in Kenner.

Haynes jumped out to a 6-3 lead and added to it for a 12-6 advantage.

The Lady Raiders closed the gap to 15-10, but the Lady Jackets put up five in a row for a 20-10 lead before going on to the first-game victory.

Pine coach Tammy Voth said her team was nervous and tight in the first contest but settled down in the second set.

Haynes took a 4-3 lead and then the Lady Jackets put up four of the next five to make it 8-4 and eventually 14-6.

The Lady Jackets went on to win that one, 25-17, and had a two-game lead.

The third set was the most competitive. Pine got down, 12-4. Voth took a timeout, and the Lady Raiders worked their way back. They trimmed it to 16-10 and eventually tied it, 18-18.

Haynes then ran off five in a row for a 23-18 advantage. The teams traded points after that to reflect the 25-19 final.

Pine’s only senior, Rachael Williams, finished with five digs and two kills. She served seven times. Karley Voth tallied two digs, an ace and 14 serves.

Mikayla Swint and Haley Stephens replaced two starters, who were injured in the Lady Raiders’ last match. Both served seven times, with Swint downing two kills and Stephens added an ace.

Lacie Fletcher pulled up two digs. Kelly Adams had three serves and Alyssa Wallace served twice.

Voth said the girls played hard all season and that she’s already looking forward to the 2015 campaign.

“I’m very proud of the girls and what they have accomplished this year in being the first to make it to the playoffs,” Voth said. “I also want to thank all the parents and faculty for all their support on this very successful season for the Lady Raider volleyball team.”

No. 18 Pine, a fourth-year program, was playing in the program’s first ever postseason game. The Lady Raiders finished with a 7-14 record.

Haynes Academy, the 15th seeded team advances to the regional round of the postseason and travels to play second seeded Louise McGehee, which had a bye in the first round.