It’s only two matches and the first two of the season at that, but the Curtis volleyball team has created quite a launching pad.
For the second time in as many days, the Lady Patriots have struck down a Division I opponent by topping Fontainebleau, 25-23, 15-25, 25-12, 25-22, Wednesday at the Curtis gym.
Curtis, 2-0, opened the season Tuesday with a 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 victory at Destrehan before turning its attention to Fontainebleau, a Division I state runner-up to Mount Carmel last season and state champion the year before.
Impressive to say the least, particularly for a Division IV program devoid of any seniors, whose roster is comprised of two juniors, six sophomores, one freshman and an eighth-grader.
“We were scrappy,’’ sophomore outside hitter Sarah Drake said. “We went for every ball. We had the mentality that we weren’t going to let a ball hit the floor. We fought.’’
It was Drake and junior middle Tatiana Bell who controlled much of the play near the net with each recording 12 kills. Bell, 5-feet-10, also recorded six blocks while the 5-foot-11 Drake had four aces to tie outside hitter Emily Richardson for team-high honors in that category.
Sophomore setter Reaghan Fabacher and sophomore outside hitter Kelsie Oestriecher paced the Lady Patriots in assists and digs with respective totals of 34 and 16.
“The (Destrehan) game we played with a lot of intensity,’’ Drake added.