Calvary, Loyola home as LHSAA volleyball postseason begins today

HAPPY TO HOST:  Loyola’s Lady Flyers are ready to open the LHSAA volleyball playoffs at home this afternoon. (Photo by JERRY BYRD, Journal Sports)

By JERRY BYRD, Journal Sports

The LHSAA State Volleyball Playoffs begin today with two local schools hosting first-round matches.

In the top half of the Division IV bracket, Loyola, the No. 9 seed, will host No. 24 Delcambre at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s gym.  

In the bottom half of the same bracket, Calvary, the No. 4 seed, is set to host the International High School of New Orleans at 5 p.m.

Hosting a home playoff game is a feather in the cap for Loyola head coach Laura Woolbert and her team.

“It’s always great to have a home playoff game,” Woolbert said. “You get to play in your own gym. Kind of in your comfort zone. You get your home crowd. Our home crowds have been pretty enthusiastic and a lot of fun to play in front of. Hopefully we can put it all together on the floor.”

If the Lady Flyers are to survive and advance in the playoffs, they will need returning first-team all-district players Abbie Anderson and Taylor Nash to continue what they have been doing all year.

But Anderson and Nash aren’t the only weapons at Woolbert’s disposal. 

“This year, Emma Sipes has stepped up and done a real good job,” Woolbert said.

The Lady Flyers may get a little help from Makayla Horton, who Woolbert said should return after missing the last month with a knee injury. 

Don’t let the Lady Flyers’ 15-18 record fool you. LCP has recorded big road wins over Class 5A schools like Captain Shreve, Benton, and Parkway.

“We’ve had a great season overall,” Woolbert said. “We’ve played a lot of high-quality teams, and I think that has really prepared us well for where we are right now.” 

Even though they are going on the road, the No. 21-seed North Caddo Titans add even more northwest Louisiana flavor to the Division IV bracket. The Lady Titans will travel south to No. 12 Patterson, where they will play at 4 p.m.

C.E. Byrd, the No. 30 seed in Division I, will travel to Dutchtown, the No. 3 seed, for a 5:30 p.m. match.

Caddo Magnet, the No. 20 seed in the Division II bracket, will travel to George Washington Carver; the match is at 5 p.m.

Evangel is the No. 21 seed in the Division V bracket. The Lady Eagles will travel to play No. 12-seed Crescent City at 5:30 p.m.

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